Now Hiring Spring 2023 Communication Intern

Position Description:                                                                                                      

UNC Healthy Heels seeks a Health Communication Intern to support campus communication efforts – which include current social media platforms of Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, an email newsletter, blog and the websites that support the entities within Healthy Heels – Campus Health, CAPS, Student Wellness, and the Heels Care Network. Interns help increase engagement and audiences on these platforms. The intern works as a team with 3 other interns as well as completing individual projects, and reports to the Special Projects and Communication Manager for Health and Wellbeing. Interns should be able to work independently as well as collaboratively and take initiative on projects that will help the overall goals of Healthy Heels.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learns Healthy Heels mission, goals, objectives and services
  • Plans, films and edits video content for use on TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube
  • Supports strategic social media strategy on multiple channels including TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter including post design and editing
  • Facilitates opportunities to increase reach of Healthy Heels communication using digital and in-person initiatives and outreach
  • Effectively engages and collaborates with diverse student populations and staff to deliver inclusive, culturally competent communication to students
  • Serves as representative of Healthy Heels, maintaining a professional and creative digital and in-person presence
  • Serves on Marketing and Health Education committee for Campus Health
  • Assumes other duties and responsibilities as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to work 10 hours per week, including occasional weekend and evening hours
  • Ability to work through Spring 2023, at minimum
  • Competent in Adobe Creative Suite and Canva
  • Willingness to learn new technologies, skillsets, and information
  • Desire to support the health, wellbeing, and mental health of UNC-Chapel Hill students

Preferred Qualifications:

One of the following skillsets:

  • Video production – script writing, storyboarding, filming, and editing
  • Graphic design – using Illustrator and/or Canva to create graphic elements tied to an overarching identity
  • Writing/editing – writing and editing blogs, news articles, brochures, and website content
  • Event planning – coordinating outreach events, tabling, and more in collaboration with campus entities
  • Photography – composing, taking, and editing editorial and candid photographs

Compensation:  $10.61 per hour

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position has been filled; review of applications will begin immediately. To apply, please visit JobX and apply for Job# 8466 if you have work study allocation or email with a pdf file attached that includes

  • a brief cover letter expressing why you’re interested in and a good fit for the position
  • your resume, and
  • examples of (or links to) your communication work.

For more information:

The University of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Wrapping Up the Semester

It’s (Almost) Time to Take a Break

By the end of this week, many folks on campus will feel lighter with fewer responsibilities. It feels good to wrap up the loose ends of the semester – final projects and exams, saying goodbye to friends, packing up your things, preparing for travel and holidays. 

Even with that lightening of our loads, anytime the rhythm of our day shifts, it can feel difficult. Here are some strategies to help you stay healthy and well as you shift from all-out academic mode to your winter break. 

  • Manage your free time: At the beginning, the extra time can feel like a gift! But the adjustment to free time can be a struggle after a while or, for some, right away.
    • Start by taking time to relax.
    • Consider making a plan or list of things you would like to do over break.
    • Schedule some of your time with things that make you feel good!
  • Prep for family & friends: Plan ahead for family and friend encounters.
    • What questions or conflicts typically arise?
    • How do you want to respond?
    • Make a list of coping skills that work for you.
  • Focus on you: 
    • This break can provide you time to focus on how you’re feeling, what you might need, and how to make a plan moving forward.
    • Support your holiday wellbeing with strategies from Student Wellness.
  • Take care of your mental health: Many people experience a worsening of mental health symptoms around this time of year. If this happens to you, you aren’t alone!

Healthy Haps this Week

Monday 12/5

Tuesday 12/6

Wednesday 12/7

Thursday 12/8

Friday 12/9

Saturday 12/10

Wrapping up the Fall Semester 2022

The student a cappella group, UNC Clef Hangers, perform at The Old Well at dusk on the last day of classes (LODOC) for the fall semester on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, December 1, 2021. (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Every semester during the week before finals, UNC-CH collaborates on a wellness initiative to support students. The goal is to raise awareness, provide new information, prompt reflection, and highlight services, resources, and events around campus by focusing on the importance of:

  • Sleep is all about patterns. Can you work to keep healthy sleep patterns consistent during finals? 
  • Nutrition means listening to your body. Eat when you’re hungry; stop when you’re full. You might plan ahead and make some meals and snacks in bulk so you can eat nourishing food without needing a lot of time.
  • Activity – Movement can help you retain material better than if you study while sitting still. So ride a stationary bike while you review your notes. Go for a walk on Battle Park trails to take a movement and nature break.
  • Connecting with people you adore is essential to finals success, improving your executive function, learning, and memory. Support each other during finals! Check in on a genuine level, talk about topics outside of academics, study and take fun breaks together, and avoid stress competition or comparing grades.
  • Knowledge – This time of year is all about gaining and retaining knowledge. How you study can make a difference! Use active study techniques like creating flashcards, using a study group, or scheduling breaks after short bursts of learning.
  • Self-Care means checking in with yourself about what you need and then making that happen when you can. Keep it simple! Pause and unplug from tech for a few minutes. Get outside. Take a few deep breaths. Hydrate. Play a favorite song. Make sure you take some moments just for you during finals.

Supportive Events

This calendar will be updated throughout finals – check back often for more events and email if you have an event to add!

Monday 12/5

Tuesday 12/6

Wednesday 12/7

Friday 12/9

Saturday 12/10

Winter Break Hours for Campus Health, CAPS, and Campus Rec are listed. Rec is open thru Friday at 9 pm and reopens 1/2 from 6 am -12 pm. Campus Health and CAPS are open through 12/23 and reopen 1/3 from 8 am - 5 pm.
The Carolina Union Activities Board holds an event where students and staff can create gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and icing in the Great Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event is held in conjunction with LDOC (Last Day Of Class) festivities. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Gratitude, Culture, and Food

Thanksgiving can be a time that brings up a lot of feelings for people. Be kind to yourself and the people around you!


Thanksgiving often brings up thoughts about gratitude. While just noticing your gratitude makes a difference, you can add benefit to the people around you by expressing gratitude to them. Encourage people around the dinner table to share a story of when they were grateful for someone at the meal. 

You can also write about gratitude, and jot down the little moments of your day that make you feel grateful. If you want to bring this idea to Thanksgiving, create a gratitude tree or jar for everyone to use, or write gratitude postcards to people who are far away. You could also make a collage, Reel, or TikTok to visually express gratitude

However you notice and/or share – take time this holiday to experience gratitude. 


Your family may have traditions that you invoke for Thanksgiving. Cherish the ones that bring you joy, and don’t be afraid to suggest new ways of doing things this holiday to move away from activities that no longer serve you.

Remember that the history around Thanksgiving is complex. Thanksgiving can be a reminder of the genocide and violence that Native communities experienced and continue to experience. Decolonize your Thanksgiving by learning about, listening to, and celebrating Native people.


For many of us, food is central to our holiday. Try to make food a positive experience for everyone this holiday. If you talk about food, focus on the wonderful flavors of the season and gratitude for the land, workers, and chef who helped bring the food to the table. Use mindful eating strategies: 

  • Stick to normal eating habits, eating consistently and mindfully throughout the day. 
  • Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re full.
  • Be present during meals. Slow down and notice how the food tastes. Feel the pleasure and satisfaction in the eating experience.
  • Add foods, don’t subtract. All foods fit into healthy eating! Consider how to add nutrient-filled and diverse foods into your body.

May your Thanksgiving be full of experiences for which to be grateful. 

Practicing Gratitude

Hello I Am Grateful words on a name tag sticker telling others you are thankful and appreciative for the valuable things in your life such as health, friends and family

Benefits of being thankful are nearly endless. Research suggests that taking time to reflect and notice the things we are thankful for means we experience more positive feelings, sleep better, express more kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. Some ideas to inspire and refresh your gratitude practice:

Keep a gratitude journal: Regularly write about the moment for which you’re thankful, ideally noticing new things each day. Be specific. Instead of “I’m grateful for my roommates,” write “Today, my roommate cooked me dinner because they knew I was stressed.”

Recognize and plan for obstacles: Yes, gratitude will help you, and yes, reflecting on it each day will be difficult. What might get in your way? If you tend to be exhausted by the end of the day, do your gratitude practice in the a.m.

Mix it up: Bored with journaling? Make a gratitude jar instead. Write gratitude postcards. Share your gratitude around the dinner table. Go on a gratitude walk, observing things around you as you walk. Make a gratitude collage – take pictures of things you’re grateful for and create a collage with them.

Planning for Finals and Holiday Stress

Hand hold wooden cubes spelling PLAN.

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and so are the holidays! There will be more to do these next few weeks. Help yourself by creating a plan. 

  • Look ahead and evaluate. Take a look at your upcoming calendar, your class assignments, your holiday plans, and ideal gift recipients. Evaluate and clarify priorities. 
  • Make a To-Do List. Based on those priorities, write down what you need to do. Focus on one task at a time – as you are only ONE person.  
  • Practice Financial Wellness. Consider your budget for November and December. The end of the year is often one of the most challenging times to stay financially well with the strain of travel costs, winter break plans, celebrations with friends, and celebratory gifts. Be realistic with what you can afford to spend. What are your personal short term and long term financial goals? How does your spending fit into this?  Learn more about tips for financial wellness through UNC’s Student Wellness office. 
  • Monitor your emotions. Upcoming deadlines and planning for the end of year can serve as a recipe for an emotional storm. Managing and planning for assignments, events, and job schedules may prove useful to prevent this from happening. Try giving yourself grace during this time frame. If things get too hard, take a deep breath, step back and then try again. Managing your emotions can help you stay on track with the plan you created.  

This can be a busy time of the year as you grind to wrap up the semester and prepare to spend time with family and friends. Make it easier for yourself by planning out what you can. 

Finding Delight

Detail photo made at Bowman Gray Memorial Pool on September 14, 2020, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

No matter how stressful or distracted things may get, delights are all around us. Simple joys are what make life worth living! And as we practice noticing those moments, we might start to see them everywhere. Things like…

  • Laughing until you cry
  • Riding the bus, thinking about all the people around you
  •  An old, comfy chair
  • When someone remembers what you told them and asks you about it later
  • Catching a falling leaf
  • A tight, love-filled hug
  • Fixing something for someone
  • Putting a picture of family into a frame and setting it up where you can see it
  • A great workout
  • Eating your favorite food
  • Clean sheets
  • Finding something you thought you lost
  • When the Tar Heels win a big game
  • A haircut that transforms you a little bit
  • Setting up your camping gear after many months of not camping
  • Peeling the foil lid off of a container – so satisfying!
  • Coming home to pets
  • Watching someone learn something new
  • Listening to a song you forgot you love, and then listening to it again
  • Stretching and moving around – feeling good in your body
  • Putting on a cozy sweatshirt
  • Organizing a cluttered space
  • Finding the perfect word to say exactly what you want to say
  • Sitting on a porch

Noticing and reflecting on moments that bring you joy and the good feelings they elicit can make a difference in the texture of your day. For more on delight, check out The Book of Delights by Ross Gay or the Happiness Spells podcast. 

Happy HalloWeek!

Our campus and community love celebrating Halloween, so consider getting in on the fun by watching a scary movie curled up on the couch with some treats, carving a pumpkin, dressing up in a punny costume, or joining one of the activities listed below.

Remember that some Halloween traditions can include risk. Here are some strategies to have a safe and fun Halloween! 

  • WEAR THE RIGHT COSTUME: Pick something that is easy to move and see in, and keeps you comfortable. Avoid cultural appropriation. The general rule of thumb is if your costume is disrespectful towards a culture or ethnic group, or pokes fun at those groups in any way, it’s not a costume you — or anyone — should wear. Never carry fake weapons or items that could appear to be a weapon. 

  • IF YOU DRINK OR USE, BE SMART ABOUT IT: If you choose to use substances, have a plan. Set a limit for yourself ahead of time since it’s hard to know when to stop once you’ve started. Use the buddy system to hold each other accountable. Know how much you consume. Consider bringing your own or making your own so you can better understand how much you’re using. If you drink alcohol, eat a good meal beforehand and drink water throughout. Don’t drive under the influence, and don’t ride with someone who has been drinking or using.

  • PLAN AHEAD: Be sure your phone is fully charged before you go out for the night and make sure the volume is turned on in case a friend is trying to reach you. Don’t let your phone out of your sight—it could save you in case of an emergency. Decide in advance when you are heading home, and have plans to get home safely.

  • TRUST YOUR GUT:  On Halloween or any other night if something “just doesn’t feel right” trust your instinct. Say something if you feel safe doing so, or take your buddy and leave the situation.

  • HAVE FUN: Find ways to have an enjoyable, healthy, and safe Halloween week! We have the halloween-y activities noted below with a pumpkin emoji – join some and enjoy!

Halfway through the semester!

Congrats. You are halfway there!

You’ve navigated all the exams, papers, and other obstacles in your way to arrive at the mid-point of the semester. Take a moment. Reflect on where you are. Give yourself a pat on the back. Now is the time to start thinking about your game plan to finish the semester strong. 

Make a schedule or routine.  

The last couple of months in the semester can seem like a lot with assignments, projects, and extracurricular activities. Take a minute to consider your priorities, and schedule time for the things that matter the most. 

Don’t skip classes.

It can be tempting to skip a class to catch up on something else, or to multitask during virtual classes. Try not to fall into this trap. You will eventually fall behind. Instead take a breath. Examine your schedule. Remember that you are paying for your classes! You can’t “make up” a class. Find time elsewhere if at all possible. 

Give yourself a comfortable work space.

You’ve most likely found what works for you in terms of study spaces. If you haven’t or you want to switch up, consider creating a comfortable space that puts you in a good mood. Good Mood = Productivity 

Prioritize time and energy.  

You are in the phase of the semester where everything demands your attention. You may have competing assignments – like a homework assignment due tomorrow and a paper due the day after that. Although the homework assignment is due first, it may beneficial to spend more time on the paper which is a greater percentage of your grade. Prioritize! 

Enjoy the Break 

Find ways to inspire joy and rejuvenation during your time off of classes later this week. Taking some time for you will help set yourself up for success the rest of the semester.

Happy World Mental Health Day!

Today – 10/10/22 – is World Mental Health Day. There are so many issues that affect our mental health. Many members of campus are collaborating to address environmental and systemic issues that may affect our community’s well-being. One strategy is removing barriers to accessing supportive resources. 

Remember there are places to get help if you or a friend need it. The Heels Care Network is your gateway to find that support and get connected.  

UNC-Chapel Hill Resources: There are many supports for your mental health and wellbeing – from CAPS to peer support to spaces centering cultural needs or specific mental health issues. Visit the Mental Health Resource Hub to find a resource to support you. If the site feels overwhelming and you want help navigating campus resources, chat into the LSN Peer Support live chat. 

Learn and Advocate: Tomorrow, you can join the Mental Health Seminar, and many organizations and trainings exist to learn about and advocate for mental health

Set up Your Spaces for Mental Health Success: Often we have spaces where we have influence, whether that’s a student organization, workplace, or study group. Use your influence for good by offering structure, being flexible, creating a safe atmosphere, taking time for self-care, and advocating for systemic shifts in well-being.

We are in this together here at Carolina. Look out for each other, and do what you can to help address the well-being of all community members. Thank you for being a part of our community of care!