Applications for Recovery Peers for 2022-2023 will be available in April 2022. 

Want to volunteer with us and be part of our team? Email for more info. 

Recovery Peer Interns will have the opportunity to serve the UCSB community and help to continue the growth and development of the Gauchos for Recovery program. The mission of Gauchos for Recovery is to provide a safe, supportive, and engaging environment for students in recovery from addiction to substances and addictive behaviors. Additionally, we support students who have been directly or indirectly affected by the substance use of friends or loved ones. We also seek to reduce stigma around substance use disorders and create a recovery-informed campus community.
The Recovery Peer Internship will provide an opportunity for UCSB students who identify as being in recovery from substance use to provide mentoring to other students in recovery. Peer mentoring (for those in recovery/those considering recovery), community building, and advocacy are the key elements of this position.

All recovery peer positions will provide interns with skills in leadership, marketing and outreach, program development, event planning, qualitative research, and basic counseling health promotion skills.

Some of these may be virtual depending on campus opening status. 

  • Help ADP staff to further develop and implement the Gauchos for Recovery program using evidence-based models
  • Plan and implement events for GFR members
  • Develop strategies for reducing stigma and promoting recovery at the campus and community level
  • Provide outreach to other recovering students and students considering recovery
  • Serve as a supportive mentor to students considering or in early recovery; connect them with campus and community resources
  • Assist with the development of program marketing strategies (print, social media, etc.)
  • Attend and facilitate evening collegiate recovery program meetings
  • Attend weekly intern meetings
  • Hold regular office hours
  • Serve as a trained resource on overdose prevention and response; provide training on safe use 
  • Oversee GFR volunteers
  • Make regular presentations at events and classes
  • Assist with additional projects associated with any research, grants, or gifts related to the program
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • At least 1 year of continuous sobriety (abstinence from alcohol and all other non- prescribed drugs). Applicants with less than 1 year abstinent may be considered if a strong commitment to long-term sobriety is demonstrated
  • Active participation in a recovery program (12-step or other)
  • Ability to be an effective role model of whole health recovery
  • Ability to work independently and develop creative ideas
  • Experience leading projects
  • Must be an actively enrolled UCSB student for the upcoming or current school year
  • Both undergraduates and graduate students from any major/program are welcome to apply
  • Students with work study are encouraged to apply
  • Requires at least one full school year commitment (September – June). There may be an opportunity for hours in the Summer. 
  • Must be available for full-day intern training two weeks prior to the start of fall quarter
  • Approximately 10 hours per week (including meetings and office hours)
  • Must be available for regular evening work and occasional work on weekends
  • Must be available to outreach to students by phone or text outside of regular working hours


  • $15/hour for undergraduate students. Graduate student salary TBD. Work study highly encouraged.

To Apply

  • Please submit a cover letter and resume (please be sure to include your expected graduation date, GPA, and at least 1 reference). Please briefly answer the following questions in your cover letter:
    1. Why are you interested in this position?
    2. How do you define recovery and how do you support recovery in your life? 

Selected applicants will be asked to participate in an interview.