Education & Human Services

Education and Human Services Gaucho Path Way encompasses: Education, human services, education-focused global/public health, human resources, and organizational development

One of the most important steps in your career development is gaining experience, such as internships. These opportunities help you connect your academic preparation to the world of work as you explore career fit and strengthen your resume to become competitive for either occupations or graduate school. Some occupations may also have common paths to gain experience and enter the field. For instance, certain industries and organizations may provide more opportunities to gain experience through volunteering rather than starting with a formal internship. It’s important to explore those paths and qualifications of the field to help inform your own goals in gaining experience.

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Strategies to Gain Experience Related to Education and Human Services

  • The good news about gaining experience in this Education & Human Services is that there are many ways to work with people that will help you to clarify the way in which you want to work with people, and whether there is a particular population of people you might want to work with.
  • Seek out experiences that will provide you with direct interaction with people. In most cases, these can help you to both clarify your goals and gain valuable experience. A large number of opportunities will be in volunteering in schools and non-profits, but there are also some paid options, and possibilities of earning units.
  • Get involved with campus organizations that relate to your interests, such as Communication Association, Hermanos/Hermanas Unidas, Human Resources Club, or Active Minds, and consider becoming an active member in a related student organization or business fraternity that allows you to develop the organization and recruit new student members.
  • Off-campus internships and opportunities can come up at any time. Typically, local organizations recruit anywhere from one-month to about one-quarter before the intended start date for the position. Think broadly when looking for opportunities and concentrate more on the skills you will obtain and training you will receive during the experience rather than the title of the internship.

Sites with Listings and On-Campus Recruitment Events

Sites with Listings


On-Campus & Local Internships & Opportunities



  • Alcohol & Drug Program - The Alcohol and Drug Program; under the auspices of Student Health Services, offers a variety of volunteer and paid internship experiences for UCSB Students. Volunteers and Interns help with education and outreach efforts on the UCSB campus as well as in the Isla Vista community.  ADP interns work an average of 8-10 hours per week.  All majors and class levels are encouraged to apply.  Recruitment for the following positions occurs during Spring Quarter of the academic year prior to starting the internship.
  • Alec Torchon Memorial Internship - The Alec Torchon Memorial Outreach intern contributes to the Alcohol and Drug Program's mission to create a safe, healthy, and learning-conducive environment in the campus community. The intern seeks to promote healthy choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, including prescription drugs.
  • Career Services Peer - Recruitment occurs each Winter quarter for the upcoming academic year.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services Mental Health Peer - This is a great job in which you will learn a lot about peer counseling, wellness, and campus resources through direct training with psychologists and other mental health providers. You will also help a lot of your fellow students manage their stress and be successful academically and socially!
  • Equal Opportunity Program Student Mentors - Mentors are assigned to incoming students and maintain contact on a regular basis throughout the academic year. They hold office hours and coordinate programs in the Residence Halls and the Cultural Resource Centers.
  • Health and Wellness - Paid Interns are responsible for promoting and integrating positive, proactive, evidence-based health and wellness messages and activities throughout the UCSB community. It is highly recommended that intern applicants be active Advocate Members working toward Advocate Certification. Interns are required to commit an average of 15 hours per week to the internship.


  • Orientation Programs - Orientation Staff begins with a month-long selection process during winter quarter in which applicants participate in four very different interviews. The interviews are designed to give applicants a chance to "try on" parts of the job and gain a better understanding of what will be expected of them throughout the spring and summer. Students from all academic disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are looking to hire a diverse group of students with a wide range of experiences.
  • Recreation Department - The UCSB Department of Recreation is one of the largest employers on campus with over 600+ student positions. Most programs like Intramural Sports, Sports Clubs and Student Events, are heavily student-run. Students work in a fast-paced, professional environment, and directly with career staff mentors. Through working at the Department, they build positive relationships, gain first hand experience in developing management, organization and leadership skills.
  • Residential Assistant and Summer Resident Assistant - The application for the RA position should become live online around the end of fall quarter. In the beginning of winter quarter, Residential & Community Living (R&CL) usually puts on optional information sessions to give everyone the chance to learn more about the position, listen to current RAs share their experiences, and ask any questions about the position.
  • Student Life Interns - The Student Interns/Org Peer Advisors are student employees and community leaders ready to assist you navigate the Office of Student Life (OSL) and event planning experience.

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  • Coal Oil Point Reserve - Volunteer with the Snowy Plover Docent Program, help with habitat restoration, or become a Tour Leader.
  • Davidson Library -Student Assistant positions are part-time (less than 20 hours/week). Only currently-enrolled UC students may apply for these positions. Students who have graduated or otherwise withdrawn from school are not eligible.
  • Family Vacation Center - We are looking for outgoing, energetic, hard working and responsible college students who are ready to have a fun summer experience. The FVC is not just a job. Staff must be personable and ready to go above and beyond the call of duty, including but not limited to working unscheduled hours or having to change a diaper. Liking children and adults is a must!
  • Housing and Residential Services - Whether you are looking for housing or a job, you can find all of our contracts and applications right here. In Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises, we foster a vibrant, inclusive, comfortable, and safe environment for our residents and student workers.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics - UCSB Athletics has a variety of internships, including marketing, communications, video production, and more!
  • On-Campus Jobs handout - This handout gives you an overview of on-campus locations that hire throughout the year.




  • Education Abroad Program - Integrate study abroad into your college academic plan and explore the many internship and volunteer opportunities available to EAP students abroad.
  • UCDC & UCCS - The University of California Washington Program and the Center in Sacramento provide UCSB students with a unique opportunity to live, work as interns, and study in our nation’s political and cultural epicenter, Washington, D.C, and observe the public policy process in our state's capital, Sacramento.



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State, National, International- Internship Programs and Related Opportunities