H.O.P.E. is an Internship and Practicum site for Public Health and other majors. Interested students must make an appointment to discuss possible placements with Francesca M. Maresca, Director, H.O.P.E. or Mark Cruz, Health Education Specialist. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that a H.O.P.E. placement meets their program requirements and complete all necessary paperwork.

Spring 2018 Internship Opportunities

Spring Safer Sex Outreach

Spring semester is full of opportunities to provide interactive outreach to students related to safer sex. This internship will be responsible for planning outreach during key times including Valentine’s Day and Spring Break. Outreach could consist of multiple efforts including tabling and coordinating with various units throughout Student Affairs (Residence Life, Student Centers & Involvement, Recreation, Commuter Office) as well as individual schools such as Douglass Residence College and Honors College. Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation will be involved.

Health & Wellness Priority Campaign

The Health & Wellness Priority Campaign is assessing the health and wellness of the New Brunswick campus, its students and initiatives in an effort to change the campus culture to one that embraces health, wellness and well-being. The Campaign has two internship opportunities. First, one intern will work directly with the Health & Wellness Priority Campaign Committee and facilitate focus groups to obtain qualitative data that will be utilized to develop key messages. Second, another intern will work directly with the Campaign to develop and create a framework to implement Photo Voice, a participatory research project, in the Fall 2018 semester. This will involve developing instructions, themes, mechanisms for recruitment and submitting visual work.

Mental Health Media Campaign

Working directly with the Community Approaches to Suicide Prevention Steering Committee, this project will involve the development messages related to suicide prevention on campus. This will include the creation of a brief video as well as a marketing plan.

Peer Education Quality Control (2 interns)

Working with the Director of HOPE, interns will revise/develop quality checklists and observe peer educators throughout the semester to determine if peer educators are facilitating workshops according to set standards. The interns will create a report with recommendations for improvement. The two areas of peer education being observed are Sexual Health and Mental Health. This internship involves night and weekend hours.


Interested students should e-mail Francesca Maresca, PhD. CHES, Director of HOPE, at fmaresca@rutgers.edu with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Academic Unit
  3. Internship Project of Interest
  4. Why you are interested in the project
  5. Resume

Deadline for applications is Friday, December 1, 2017.