We have a few ways in which you can help the work of the PCA through workstudy, volunteering, or academic internships.
The PCA’s ambassador program enables individuals to participate and volunteer with the PCA without the same time commitment as the Helpline Advocate or the Violence Prevention Educator (VPE). Ambassadors attend a half day training that covers the basics of interpersonal violence and what the PCA does. Individuals who successfully complete this training will then be added to our Ambassador list. When we host a program, speaker, or attend a resource fair, Ambassadors will be emailed the details and can sign up for events based on their availability. We also encourage Ambassadors to be just that, ambassadors for the PCA across campus, sharing what the PCA does and why it is important. We may also ask you to assist with other outreach activities and marketing initiatives across campus.
Please send any questions and your completed application form to Sarah J. Berg, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpline Advocates will be trained to provide advocacy, crisis intervention, information and referrals to the Auraria campus, regarding issues of relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking. Advocates will handle a wide variety of calls that may include:
- providing a listening ear and emotional support to callers
- explaining the criminal justice process
- discussing options with a survivor
- directing callers to resources on-campus or in the community
- educating callers about interpersonal violence
- assisting family and friends in developing skills to help support a loved one who has experienced violence
- and more!
Advocates will be provided with an on-call cell phone, which they will carry for 4 day long shifts. Students, staff, faculty and community members are eligible for this volunteer position and students can use this as an internship experience.
Volunteers must attend the 40 hour training to be eligible. This valuable training covers crisis intervention and advocacy skills, information about the criminal justice system and protection orders, police investigations, sexual assault forensic exams, the District Attorney process, dynamics of interpersonal violence, cultural competency, and more. All participants will receive a certificate of completion after the training.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Sarah J. Berg, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator - email@example.com.
Work-Study & Internship Opportunities
The Administrative Assistant will be trained to provide office support and preliminary support to clients seeking victim services at the PCA. The Administrative Assistant will be provided with in-depth and ongoing training in dynamics of victimization and appropriate advocacy response. This student-employee will also gain knowledge on office administration and customer service. This position will be trained to provide front desk coverage at the PCA for approx. 15-20 hours a week and will be responsible for managing basic office operations for day to day functioning independent of direct supervision.
To be eligible for this position, you must be a current student and UCD, MSUD, or CCD and have a work-study award for the current academic year. Interest in victim services is preferred. Please review the below job description for more information.
If you have any additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Violence Prevention Educator
Violence Prevention Educators (VPE) are students who receive 30 hours of training to provide consistent, thorough information about relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking and related topics to the Auraria campus. VPEs will be involved in the design of prevention and education programs and their implementation. VPEs will actively engage in campus awareness activities, classroom presentations, and educational presentations to various campus groups.
The VPE position is primarily a work-study position (but we will consider 1 year unpaid academic internships) and runs for one year from summer to summer. This position does not provide crisis response and/or victim advocacy.
For more information on this position contact Jenn Doe, Violence Prevention Education Coordinator, email@example.com.
University of Denver/MSU Denver MSW Internships
Please contact Jessica Frazier, Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), for more information on the application process for these positions.