Wellness Advocates

Please Note:  No Wellness Advocate applications are being taken at this time.  Check back for updates.


The Wellness Advocate Internship is sponsored by the SUNY Potsdam Counseling Center. Students accepted into the program train to become peer counselors; they offer a kind ear for fellow students and can also refer them to other offices on campus.

Changes occur in the program each year but the purpose will remain the same: to give all students on campus an additional resource for maintaining their emotional health and well-being. 

Guidelines (a.k.a. the "Fine Print")

  • No previous experience is necessary; all majors are welcome.
  • Applicants must be SUNY Potsdam students with 12 or more credits and a 2.5 or greater GPA. Graduate students are welcome.
  • Two upper division internship credits are awarded for training and for each semester in the Wellness Advocate (WA) program.
  • Applications for Wellness Advocate Training can be picked up from the Counseling Center during advising time.  Note: training may not occur each semester depending on the demand.
  • If you are accepted, you must commit to a semester-long training process in order to fulfill the internship requirements (visit Training Process for more info about what the training component entails).
  • As a Wellness Advocate (a.k.a. WAs) commitment includes: being part of an on-call rotation where you can be reached from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 a.m., programming, staff meetings and being a positive, active role model on campus.
  • WAs do not need to live on campus.

To access a WA for assistance:

  • Call (315) 261-8873 between 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. while classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • The WAs will offer to meet you someplace open, yet private on campus, such as your residence hall, the Union, Library or University Police.
  • Everything spoken remains confidential under the Counseling Center guidelines.