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Volunteer Opportunities

Compassionate, dedicated, enthusiastic students make a difference in the health and well-being of their peers. You can find a variety of meaningful volunteer opportunities in student health programs, projects and activities. Gain hands-on knowledge and experience, enhance leadership and interpersonal skills and develop great new relationships while educating and empowering fellow students.

Health Promotion Services can help you find a health volunteer program or individualized project that matches your personal interests, regardless of your major or field of study. For more information, explore the list below.  If you are passionate about a particular topic that is not on this page, please contact us and we will do our best to help you in your pursuits.

Peer Health Educators (PHEs)

Peer Health Educators (PHEs) are residential staff who promote health and wellness in their houses. They are a culturally inclusive, highly diverse team that represents all aspects of the undergraduate student community.
Peer Health Educators offer:

  • Fun, upbeat, informative health programs and workshops
  • Creative health information flyers and booth series
  • Emergency self-care supplies
  • The ability to just talk things over and answer your questions
  • Referrals to the best health care resource to meet your needs

Frequently Asked Questions about PHEs

To Become a Peer Health Educators - Students interested in becoming a PHE must attend a mandatory orientation session in January. For information about becoming a Peer Health Educator, send an email message to

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The Bridge

Friendly, approachable student staff offer free, confidential peer counseling, information and referrals. Their goal is to help fellow students develop their own solutions to problems or uncertainties.
Located at 581 Capistrano Way, The Bridge takes daily drop-in appointments from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Students can also access Bridge counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week at The Bridge Hotline at (650) 723-3392.
To become a counselor at the Bridge, you must complete:

  • Education 193A: Peer Counseling, Bridge Community

For more information, contact the Bridge office at (650) 723-3392 or visit

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The Real World: Stanford

Learn what happens when students leave home and start getting real.  This is the story of 1700 new students who come to Stanford and discover their lives have changed. 

Health, wellness and safety issues are explored in this entertaining, provocative, honest live theater performance. Year after year, entering freshmen and transfer students give this production the highest accolades. Following the performance, freshmen, Peer Health Educatorss, Resident Assistants and College Assistants gather in their residences for interactive discussions.  
The Real World: Stanford is written, directed and performed by talented students. The show is coproduced by Health Promotion Services (HPS) at Vaden Health Center and New Student Orientation (NSO). 

Get involved in The Real World: Stanford. Send an email message to

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Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is a candlelight walk across campus for men and women to join as partners in ending sexual violence. Watch for information about this during Spring Quarter. Everyone is welcome!

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Well Being

There are many students groups dedicated to the well being of our student body.  We’d love to have you get involved in one of the many opportunities to increase Stanford student well being
Below are some groups doing great work:

  • Project Love
  • Project Compassion
  • SPOM

Contact for more information

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Violence Prevention

Men Against Violence

Men are united to end violence on campus and in our culture. Please contact to get involved.

Fraternity Men Against Violence

Fraternity men are playing an active role in uniting to end violence on campus and in our culture. Please contact to get involved.

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Sexual Health

SHPRC (Sexual Health Peer Resource Center)

Visit the Center - The Center is filled with information and products — basically, everything you always wanted to know about sex. You can confidentially discuss your sexual concerns with a trained counselor. SHPRC offers every student with identification 12 free condoms each quarter and has lots of sexual products for sale at deep discounts.

Hours & Location

SHPRC also offers upbeat, edgy, fun, outreach programs for residences and student groups. Topics include information on birth control methods, pregnancy alternatives and sexually transmitted infections.

To become a counselor at the SHPRC, you must complete Education 193A: Peer Counseling. Call (650) 723-3739 (SAFE SEX) or visit for more information.

HIV*PACT (HIV Peer Anonymous Counseling and Testing)

During Fall Quarter, applications for peer counselor volunteers are welcomed. To become a test counselor, enroll in the prerequisite/corequisite course, Education 193A: Peer Counseling. You will attend an all-day mandatory training during a weekend in November and participate in two follow-up evening sessions. For more information, contact

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Nutrition Internships

Students are welcome to participate as nutrition interns in Wellness and Health Promotion Services' education programs. Interns offer presentations to students on a variety of nutrition topics. They also research nutrition topics, prepare nutrition education materials, and lead campaigns on nutrition and health issues.
If you’re interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact Vivian Crisman at (650) 723-1999 or send an email message to

Happiness/Positive Psychology Internships

Explore the campus culture while considering such questions as: What is happiness?    How can students fully let in the good, and experience more joy and meaning?  Conversely, how can students handle stress, demanding situations and suffering with more grace, forgiveness and compassion? Help Stanford students gain knowledge and skills to maintain feeling refreshed, knowledgeable, energized and more joyful.  Interns may offer presentations, conduct research, prepare educational materials, and lead campaigns.

For more information, contact


  • Education 193A: Peer Counseling – all quarters
  • PEDS 106/206: The Pursuit of Health and Happiness – winter quarter
  • Athletics 196: Happiness – fall and spring quarters
  • PEDS 105: Health Promotion and the Campus Culture – spring quarter

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HPS Volunteer Information

(650) 725-3190

HPS Hours & Location

HPS Staff

Related Resources

Vaden Virtual Health Library

Useful Websites