Join the Safer Team!

Position Opportunities

Safer is seeking committed students to advance the movement against violence and toward social justice on Cal Poly's campus. As violence prevention and survivor support are inextricably tied to all other social justice movements, strong candidates will show passion & dedication toward social justice, anti-racism, anti-supremacy, and decolonization work.

Safer is hiring 13 students for the 2024-2025 academic year. Click on the titles to read through the position descriptions.

NOTE: A prerequisite for volunteering, interning, or working with Safer is our quarterly Safer Leadership Training - click here to learn more. This training can be completed prior to applying, or even during your first quarter working with us!

Spring Quarter 24-25 Recruitment Timeline

  • Weeks 1-4: Recruitment/outreach
  • Week 5: Applications due - May 3rd, 5pm
  • Week 6: Application review
  • Weeks 7-8: Interviews
  • Week 9: Team selection
  • Week 10: Position confirmations

Positions will begin fall quarter 2024. We schedule a late summer Student Retreat before the academic year begins.

*Note: If you are seeking an academic department internship placement, please make sure to work with your department internship advisor, as timelines may differ from our standard recruitment.

Benefits of Working at Safer

  • Be at the forefront of social justice & culture change at Cal Poly  
  • Hands-on experience with public health & community organizing 
  • Professional staff supervisors may provide references or write letters of recommendation for future job opportunities, graduate school, etc. 
  • This position may fulfill internship requirements for various majors

How to Apply

  1. Download the PDF application
  2. Fully complete the application. Make sure your PDF saves properly and your answers are readable. If you have any questions about the application, feel free to ask (email
    • Title your PDF application as follows: "FirstnameLastinitial_Application." Example: JenniferM_Application
  3. Update your resume. Make sure it is in chronological order - start with your most recent experience and work backward. One page is sufficient - we're just looking for a snapshot, and will learn more about you in your application and potential interview! Please save this document as a PDF, not a DOC. Cal Poly Career Services has some great resources for writing a resume and cover letter if you need help.
    • Title your PDF resume as follows: "FirstnameLastinitial_Resume." Example: JenniferM_Resume
  4. Once you're ready to submit your application, send an email titled "Safer Application" to Jennifer at by the deadline listed above. This email should include your complete application and updated resume (both saved as PDFs).
    • If you are applying as a graphic designer, please be sure to share your portfolio as well!
  5. We will reach back out to you within the following couple of weeks - whether we want to bring you in for an interview or not. Either way, we will be in contact! If, for whatever reason, we have not gotten back to you, you can always email us to check-in.

Application & Interview Tips

  • Remember: We're rooting for you! We are not eager to make this a stressful experience - for anyone. Applications and interviews should be exciting and empowering, and we hope to reflect that throughout our process. Whether or not you receive a job offer, we hope the experience is a net positive.
  • We will send the interview questions to you in advance, to allow you some time to prepare your thoughts. We're eager to hear your passion areas, your experience, and your strengths - and we don't find that "gotcha" interview questions lend themselves to that. Please spend time beforehand thinking through your answers - it makes a big difference!
  • Interviews are bidirectional. They're a chance for us to get to know you - and for you to get to know us! We encourage you to bring questions along that you have about us - our program, our philosophy, our backgrounds. We want to make sure that working for Safer is a good fit for both of us.
  • Career Services also has a great toolkit for interview preparation - peruse it as you have time! They also offer Reservable Rooms to take our Zoom interviews, if you need a private space.

If you have any questions about job descriptions, applications, interviews, or hiring - please feel free to reach out to us anytime at

Thank you for your interest in joining our team, and for your passion in ending gender- & power-based violence!

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