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Career Peer Ambassadors

Career Peer ambassadors


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CAP Services

Share/Download Online Peer-to-Peer Résumé and Cover Letter Assistance Flyer PDF Learn more about the Career Peer Ambassador Program on the page below.

about the program

The Career Peer Ambassador Program (CAP) is a new career readiness peer-to-peer learning community at the San Diego Mesa College Career Center. The program is a pilot funded by the Strong Workforce Program. CAP began in the Spring of 2018 to support our short-term campus projects while the region develops a long-term plan to grow and improve outcomes for Career Education programs in the California Community Colleges. 

Career Ambassadors 19-20

What is a Career Peer Ambassador?

Career Peer Ambassadors are campus student leaders who are trained to facilitate the resources available through the San Diego Mesa College Career Center department. Students selected to serve as Career Peer Ambassadors participate in intensive summer training sessions with our Career Counselors, Internship Coordinator, and Career Center staff to develop transferable work-related skills, and participate in professional development trainings as needed. They promote and deliver informational presentations about career services within Mesa College classrooms, around the college campus, and at career services events. They also provide walk-in individual and group peer-to-peer career coaching sessions. 

Mission statement

The Career Peer Ambassador Program is a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly students who represent the San Diego Mesa College Career Center. They guide their peers through their career journeys by providing peer-to-peer coaching sessions on job searching, résumé writing, cover letter writing, and interview preparation, as well as other career readiness resources.  

online Peer-to-Peer Résumé and Cover Letter Assistance

The Career Center at Mesa College has expanded the Career Ambassador Program to offer remote online student support services. Online peer-to-peer résumé and cover letter assistance is available to all currently enrolled students and alumni free of charge. 

  • Get one-on-one support with: 
    • Résumé building
    • Cover letter writing
  • Available formats for résumé/cover letter review sessions: 
    • Zoom meeting appointment - Zoom is a free platform for video and audio conferencing
    • Phone call appointment 
    • Email communications 
  • What if I don't currently have a resume or cover letter? 
    No worries, our Career Ambassadors can guide you through the steps to create one! 
  • To schedule an online appointment, please call the Career Center at (619) 800-3556 during regular operating hours. Students will also be asked to complete a pre-survey prior to their scheduled appointment. In the pre-survey google form, students can upload their resume/cover letter for the Career Peer Ambassadors to better prepare and provide students with feedback. Completing the pre-survey is a required step for resume reviews via phone call appointment and email communications. 

  • Questions? If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Career Peer Ambassador Program services, please contact Alicia Lopez, at, or call (619) 800-3556 to speak with a Career Center staff member. 

  • Accommodations for appointments outside of regular operating hours are available upon request between 7am-8am and 4pm-10pm on M-F.

  • Hours will not be available on January 18th, February 12th & 15th, April 2nd, and May 31st, 2021. Hours may be subject to change. 

Share/Download Online Peer-to-Peer Résumé and Cover Letter Assistance Flyer PNG

Meet our career Peer ambassadors


Lara napasa ’20 (New)


Lara recently graduated from San Diego Mesa College with an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies Pre-Nursing. She is bound to start her journey at San Diego State University in the Fall of 2020 to continue her studies in the Nursing Program. Lara also previously served as a Peer Navigator with the CRUISE program to mentor first year students in their transition to Mesa College. She is now excited to join the Career Center to assist students with their career goals as a Career Peer Ambassador. She chose to attend Mesa because of its close distance to home and how the campus exhibits excellence through various aspects. Mesa has plentiful resources to offer its students that will help them achieve success and flourish in any career path they choose to pursue.

An advice she would give to students is to always seek for help and be engaged on campus. "Expanding your connections is an essential part of your success so don't be hesitant to reach out. We are here for you! Stay persistent and continue to work hard for your dreams. Always remember to just keep swimming."



Helen Ma ’17, lead 

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Helen graduated from San Diego Mesa College in the Spring of 2017 and graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) in May of 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration. During her time at Mesa, she was a part of the Peer Navigator program when it started as a pilot. While attending SDSU her senior year, she continued her student affairs journey through the Mesa College Career Center as a Career Ambassador. Helen has just completed her first year in the SDSU Master's Program in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs. 

In addition to her involvement at Mesa, Helen serves as the Graduate Assistant for Commuter Life Programs within Student Life and Leadership at SDSU. She hopes to be able to show to all college students that they are at their college for a reason and that she is there to help them accomplish their dreams. She has a passion for serving transfer students, since she was a transfer student herself and wants to remove the stigma behind attending a community college. After finishing her Master's Degree, she wants to work full-time in a department that specializes in assisting first year students or transfer students. 
One tip she would give all students is to step outside their comfort zone during college and make the most out of their journey because time will flies by!



Luiza Catharina Barreto Rodrigues ’20, lead

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Luiza is an international student born and raised in Brazil who moved to the United States in order to pursue higher education. She is going into her last semester at Mesa College and finishing her Associate's Degree in Sociology and Political Science this Fall 2020. Luiza believes that representativity and inclusivity in college communities are extremely important and that is why she is so excited to start her second year as a Career Peer Ambassador. She plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor's degree next year. As part of Mesa's Speech and Debate Team and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Luiza has witnessed the amazing learning opportunities Mesa College has to offer, including travel experiences within the local communities, nationally, and internationally. 

Luiza incentivizes students to always look into all of the resources the college has to offer because there is so much they can gain from utilizing them. She believes the Career Center is an amazing place for Mesa students to discover and develop their educational and professional career visions. "We are always ready to assist you!"    



Malik Shabazz ’20, lead

PRONOUNS: They/them/theirs

Malik Shabazz completed their education at San Diego Mesa College this past Spring in Communication Studies. Here, they created and facilitated a number of workshops for students, staff, faculty, and administrators, as well as participating in Mesa's Novice Speech and Debate Team. Being a student here at Mesa, Malik learned that it isn't always WHAT you know - it's WHO you know and whether or not you're happy doing what you do. The hands that support each other here are invaluable and Malik is grateful to work alongslide them to deliver quality Career Development resources and education to Mesa's students during these uncertain times.
Malik plans on continuing their education at FIDM next year to earn their Fashion Design B.A. This is an exciting redirection for Malik, as they are hoping to refine their craft and explore future career options. If there is one piece of advice Malik would give to Mesa College students, it would be to be as kind to yourself as possible while navigating new or challenging experiences. The only way to get through life is to be able to forgive yourself as many times as you need to succeed.



Sadie Wager ’20, lead 

PRONOUNS: She/her/hers

Sadie is currently completing her last semester at Mesa College, majoring in Political Science. She will be in the process of applying to transfer to a four-year university for 2021. Sadie is excited to continue her education in hopes of becoming a lawyer in the future. She decided to attend Mesa as she felt lost in the beginning and did not know where to go right after high school. However, after attending Mesa for several years now she has found the right path and connections by becoming a Career Peer Ambassador. From attending workshops to helping plan events, Sadie is here to help students during these times.
One tip she would give students coming into Mesa is, "Make sure you try and use all of the resources available to you and don't be afraid to ask questions, As staff members of the Mesa community we are here to help!"


Open house 2020 presentations