Our international internships in psychology and the social sciences are typically in a lab, a counselling situation, or non-profit setting. Your tasks could include writing behavioral management plans and developing counseling skills, as well as improving research and interviewing skills. Many of our interns are also able to gain a measure of direct experience serving clients. Peruse through our sample list for a more detailed description.
Psychology/ Social Work Opportunity with a Drug Treatment Facility
Community based drug treatment facility offering a quality service to young people and their families is looking for a flexible and understanding individual with committed interest in issues of drug addiction. Tasks to include: opportunities to sit in on group therapeutic sessions; engage with young people during project time and on excursions; assist staff in day to day running of centre and administrative duties; accompany professionals on outreach visits.
Ideal Candidate: Psychology/social work student with committed interest in youths suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in addition to having experienced degrees of social exclusion
Substance Abuse Rehabilitation and Support Organization
This drug addiction support service requires an intern to help carry out strategic tasks to identify how to improve and provide more effective client services. Tasks may include research on drug related topics as instructed by the director, statistical analysis of client surveys, identifying key trends from the surveys, providing management with results from the surveys, and collation of information from staff teams to be used to update promotional material of the organization.
Ideal Candidate: Psychology and social work background with experience in the field of addiction and homeless services an advantage.
-The ability to stay calm under pressure
-Good organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
-Good team player
-Ability to be discreet and tactful
-Must be able to understand, communicate and uphold organisational regulations
-Must demonstrate poise, compassion and non-judgment toward clients
A Foster Care NGO is looking for intern to support and shadow the work of its Mediation/Support Coordinator and assist in recruitment training of volunteers. Opportunity to become familiar with the Irish Child Care Service and the role of the statutory authorities particularly social workers. Introduction to the Irish legal system as it pertains to child protection and reception of children into care. Exploration of the experience and needs of children in the Irish care system. Introduction to Fostering and the role played by Irish foster parents in the care system. Opportunity to identify needs and challenges facing foster parents and the impact of economic recession on the care services
Ideal Candidate: Student should have a Psychology, Sociology or Social Work background with a particular interest in child welfare issues
NGO/Nonprofit Working with Women/Children in Situations of Domestic Violence
This organization provides emergency accommodation for women with or without children, who are escaping domestic violence. An individual care plan is drawn up for each family. Residents have access to a crisis counsellor, a free legal advice service, child care workers, community care social workers, health services, and more. Duties may include children playgroup supervision and shadowing employees on a daily basis, including accompanying families to court, etc.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be a Psychology or Social Work student who expresses a high level of adaptability and compassion for this organization's cause, and is willing to work through difficult situations.
This placement is with an international organisation which provides a range of health and social care services for children and adults with intellectual disability or mental health difficulties. They work in partnership with government departments, health and educational authorities and other statutory and voluntary agencies. Intern tasks may include: Various tasks associated with supporting music/art therapy, education, mentoring, healthcare, etc. services offered. Working directly with people in need of assistance.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a strong background in psychology or social services and an eagerness to help people in creative ways. Prior non-profit or volunteer work experience preferred.
This is a mentoring and family support programme funded by probation services. They supply 200+ volunteer mentors to at risk 12-18 year olds for 6 month - 2 year long relationships, meeting once a week. The intern would be involved in the volunteer recruitment programme learning from the coordinators about the matching process. There would be involvement in volunteer fairs and other recruitment efforts. Researching the best ways to recruit targeted mentors and management of volunteer data would also be assigned. A proper induction, training and supervision would be offered.
Ideal Candidate: An interest in social services, psych, the criminal justice system, HR and/or non-profits. Strong interpersonal and research skills required.
This large non-profit organisation has several programmes and services throughout Ireland. The placement exists within one programme that helps approximately 150 adults with mild intellectual disability through supported employment, training, and family, social and community support. The intern will be involved in a longitudinal study aimed at justifying and promoting evidenced-based social services within the community. The position would entail a variety of setting up for subject interviews, data entry, and possible statistical analysis.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate has a background in psychology or social services with a desire to add research experience to their resume.
This organization works with the elderly in need, providing long term housing, a befriending service, and support in the community. They endeavor to support elderly citizens in ways that meet their needs and maximize their independence through a wide range of services, both statutory and voluntary. The intern position responsibilities would be to perform community outreach and interact with clients, conduct research, and advocate on behalf of the organization and its services.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background in Psychology/Social Work or have strong writing and research skills, strong interpersonal communication skills, and a desire to work in community response.
This national volunteer development agency is the peak body for all Irish organizations involving volunteers in their work. The organization facilitates the national network of local volunteer centers, their promotions, services, and the placement of volunteers. Interns will perform administrative tasks including responding to phone calls and emails, updating the website, data recording, etc. A large part of the internship is researching volunteer organizations, their events, locations, and strategies for current and new volunteering outreach. Interns also attend and assist with the events and conferences to make contacts and deliver outreach information and support those interested by aiding in the matching process for suitable volunteer opportunities. Throughout this process, interns will collaborate with other volunteering and third-sector organizations, develop best practices within and across the volunteer centers, and become familiar managing the national database of volunteering opportunities in Ireland.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a strong history of volunteerism or mobilizing and coordinating volunteer efforts. He or she should have research and event planning skills, and a passion for 'people helping people' through charitable efforts and positive energy.
This is a life altering opportunity for gender studies, human rights, or social work students who want to help fight for equality. This organization believes that LGBT young people need to be respected and cared for on the same basis as all other young people. The organization operates on the principle that when they are safe and supported in their families, in school and in society they will thrive as healthy and equal citizens.
This position involves working with staff as an all-around staff assistant. This entails general office administration, social media & blogging, working on special projects and staffing assistance for Pride Month and other community events.
Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to LGBT issues with strong classwork or work experiences in this field. A sense of humor and a 'never say die' attitude is required.
Sophomore class standing, 3.0 GPA, Social Work or Psychology major and/or demonstrated commitments to LGBTQ issues.
This childcare center believes that a child learns best in a relaxed and accepting atmosphere where fun is the medium through which English skills are developed. Through music, art, language, and laughter, children are able to develop to their full potential. An intern in this placement will gain experience working with children, teaching English, and gaining an understanding of how an innovative childcare center is run.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a prior experience in child care or coursework in sociology, psychology, or child care. No Italian language skills are required.
Project Support Assistant for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service
The internship role will be based at an Adult Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service in South London. This is a unique role providing an opportunity to experience working with a wide range of clinical issues relating to addiction which will aid interns to develop clinical skills in the application of treatment interventions. In the first two weeks of the internship, the intern will shadow and observe staff to familiarise themselves with the organisation and key aspects of their role. Throughout the role the intern will have a supervisor who will support and guide them through the internship within each service. The intern will also be encouraged to attend accredited/non-accredited training, when available to support their internship and career development.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background in psychology, social services, volunteering, etc. and be patient with strong people and communication skills.
This placement is affiliated with England’s leading mental health charity and is a real career jump-starter for those interested in clinical psychology, social work, or mental health counseling. The organization works for, promotes, and provides for the well-being, interests, and rights of people with mental illness. They provide a wide range of day services, counseling, and self-help groups. The position will offer exposure to the day to day running of the day service, allow for provision of practical and informal emotional support to members, and involve shadowing and assisting staff in a variety of of activities and self-help groups.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have strong communication and interpersonal skills, knowledge of psychology and mental health issues, and an interest in gaining direct client contact in a group setting.
This counseling center was set up in 2001 with the goal of providing psychological therapies to deal with the specific problems of anxiety, depression, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, health and social anxiety. Interns in this psychology placement will be able to learn more about these particular cases, and how a counseling center in the UK operates. The role will allow for both clinical shadowing and relevant administrative tasks.
Ideal Candidate: Educational background/experience in psychology, familiarity with Office programs, interest in addiction or clinical setting is an advantage.
This placement is a national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospitals, and the community. They provide independent advocacy, emotional support and practical guidance at all stages of a woman's journey through the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems. As an intern, you would be providing face-to-face or phone support to women in crisis, accompanying women to meetings with social services or other agencies, and providing social contact – going to a café, park, sports, museums, etc. For those interested in forensic psychology, this internship is a learning experience not to be missed! You will have the opportunity to shadow staff in prison, assist with escorting women home from prison and to probation meetings, and observe court cases. This charity is looking for a female student studying psychology or social work with excellent interpersonal and listening skills and a compassionate and non-judgmental attitude. It is also important to understand the need for confidentiality and have a firm belief in women’s rights.
Ideal Candidate: Female student studying psychology, social work or comparable social sciences degree who is interested in mental health and prison work.
Excellent interpersonal skills a must.
The internship will be a split role between the Learning & Development programme and Insight K&C, the Young People’s service in West London.
This is a unique role and will provide the intern an opportunity to experience a wide-range of service delivery. The intern will develop skills in planning, communication and increase his/her knowledge of working with young people who have substance abuse issues.
The two days a week with LAD will be based in the head office reception and the three days a week with Insight K&C will be within the community project.
In the first two weeks of the internship, the intern will shadow and observe the staff to familiarize themselves with the organization and key aspects of their role. Throughout the role the intern will have a supervisor who will support and guide them through the internship within each service. The intern will also be encouraged to attend regular accredited training to support their internship and career development.
Ideal Candidate: Background in psychology, social work, counseling or related field. Interest in working directly with service users as well as events and marketing.
This organization is one of New York's top LGBT psychotherapy and training centers. They advocate for personal growth, free of traditional gender, sexual orientation or cultural bias and provide care to their clients, helping them resolve issues causing emotional distress. It is a training institute with therapists offering a broad range of therapeutic approaches, ensuring clients get the best fit for their problems. The intern is likely to be working on a number of projects during their internship. One main project will be to organize a workshop related to therapy/counseling where they will choose the workshop topic, secure the speaker, and promote the event to our colleagues and the staff. This project will be alongside administration and outreach efforts for the benefit of the clinic.
Ideal Candidate: The candidate should be enthusiastic about working with the LGBT population; have some training or coursework in the field of psychology; be open to learning new skills; have the ability to see projects through from beginning to end; possess strong communications skills. Whether working on a specific project or just helping out around the office, prioritizing tasks is important. The idea is to gain work experience and skills, and having an intern who is open to doing various things will make the internship more pleasant and successful for all involved.
An organization whose focus is to combat poverty and expand opportunity for all people in the US with offices in DC, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. We operate a national network of service centers, staffed by trained volunteers and partner with social service agencies and city offices to connect participants to resources such as healthcare, childcare, legal services, and food and clothing assistance. Full training is provided and you will participate in one-on-one meetings with community members in need of help prioritizing goals in order to better their quality of life. Assistance with resume-building, filling out job applications, food stamps, health care access, etc.
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate is passionate about helping others with a strong background in volunteering. Spanish or American Sign language skills would be helpful. Psychology, Sociology, Social Services and Counseling majors preferred, but enthusiasm and volunteer experience comes first.
Communications Intern for Charity to End Sexual Violence
This NGO is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and has been recognized as one of the top 100 charities in America. They created and operate a national sexual assault hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 rape crisis centers across the country. The organization also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Tasks may include:
•Writing articles for the monthly newsletter
•Media database creation and maintenance
•Web-based social networking
•Special events assistance
•Organizational and college outreach
Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate is passionate about helping victims and putting an end to violence. Those with strong writing and communications skills will flourish in this phenomenal, yet challenging placement. Psychology, Social Sciences, PR, English, and Communications majors are encouraged to apply.