About Psychology/Social Sciences

    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.

    Location Placements



    Dublin

    Administration Intern for a Dublin LGBT Organization

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    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.

    • 9/27/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/10/2015
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 6/6/2015
    • 8.0 weeks

    Volunteerism Intern for Dublin NGO

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    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.

    • 9/27/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/10/2015
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 6/6/2015
    • 8.0 weeks

    Progressive Nonprofit Supporting the Elderly

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    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.

    • 9/27/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/10/2015
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 6/6/2015
    • 8.0 weeks

    Educational Summer Camp Internship

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    This environmental education and youth organization aims to: Raise awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment among young people; Promote the protection and conservation of the environment; and Promote the personal development of young people through practical environmental projects and activities. Internship tasks may include, but are not limited to: • Help with the promotion of the summer camps (email, distributing leaflets, phone calls, etc.) • Preparing materials and venues in advance of summer camp • Accompany and assisting the facilitator during the camp • Assisting the children with their activities • Follow-up activities (evaluations and feedback, photos, etc.) This role description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and can be amended.

    Ideal Candidate: The successful candidate should ideally have the following qualities: • Be self-motivated, energetic, creative and enthusiastic • Have an ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team • An interest in the environment and children • An interest in learning about workshop facilitation for children • Good communication and organizational skills The ability to be active and work outdoors

    • 6/6/2015
    • 8.0 weeks

    Research Intern for a Large Nonprofit Organisation

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    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.

    • 9/27/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/10/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Intern with a National Charity Funded by Probation Services

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    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.

    • 9/27/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/10/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Social Services Internship for a National Charity

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    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.

      Internship at NGO/Nonprofit Working with Women/Children in Situations of Domestic Violence

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      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.

        Psychology/Social Services Intern

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        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

          Substance Abuse Rehabilitation and Support Organization

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          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. There is also an opportunity to act in a supporting role to the frontline team. To participate in the staffing of the drop in service and to help with the service delivery provided by the Dublin team. Activities will include: To welcome service users into the drop-in To participate in staffing the drop-in area To engage with service users in a social setting, To help maintain cleanliness of the drop-in area To refer in-depth intervention/ client support needs to staff members. Benefit to the intern: Gain an understanding of addiction Be part of a wider community Share professional skills Add to your work profile Stepping stone to another career path Supervision Insurance cover Initial induction with additional training opportunities

          Ideal Candidate: Psychology and social work background with experience in the field of addiction and homeless services an advantage. Also: -Outgoing personality -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

            Psychology/ Social Work Opportunity with a Drug Treatment Facility

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            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

              Support Key Worker at Dublin Therapeutic Center

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              This placement is a high quality, demanding placement for a great psychology/social services student. The intern will provide quality support to staff and clients in accordance with best practice in the area of group work, and informal interactions and contact with clients

              Ideal Candidate: Will have appropriate level of education in the realm of addiction counseling. Desired experience: Some experience working within the drug and alcohol field. Experience of working with service users. Experience of work in a day care setting. Experience of working with small groups. Knowledge & Skills Knowledge of drugs and their effects. Ability to communicate positively with addictive client base. Ability to take a non-judgmental approach to substance misuse issues. Ability to deliver an emphatic and challenging approach to service users. Implementation of equal opportunities policies. Good written and verbal communications skills. Ability to hold group work sessions.

                Social Services Placement at Dublin Foster Care Center

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                This organization is a leading provider of high quality foster care services, which provides as normal an environment as possible for children and young people who cannot live with their own families. Interns here shadow social workers during visits to prospective foster families as well as attend meetings between the social worker and child.

                Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have experience working with children and have completed background coursework in social sciences and/or psychology. Confidentiality is essential

                  Psychology/Social Sciences Internship at a Dublin Women's Center

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                  This organization was founded with the aim of helping Irish women access family planning information and services. Its current range of services provides broader-based primary healthcare services to both women and men and advocates for an influences public policy and awareness by speaking out on women’s health issues.

                  Ideal Candidate: Ideal candidate will have a background in social science, psychology and/or women studies. Strong writing skills and commitment to the work of the NGO

                    Autism Support Services Internship

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                    Autism Services for Adults, working in partnership with families, develops tailored and outreach supports to clients. The service promotes evidence-based practice, and delivers a needs-led autism training,in accordance with a low-arousal philosophy,

                    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate needs to have experience of working with/or, through professional studies, have a proven understanding of autism.

                      Florence

                      Early Childhood Education Internship

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                      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.

                      • 5/25/2014
                      • 9.0 weeks
                      • 8/31/2014
                      • 12.0 weeks
                      • 1/4/2015
                      • 12.0 weeks

                      London

                      Psychotherapy Counseling

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                      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.

                      • 8/30/2014
                      • 15.0 weeks
                      • 6/13/2015
                      • 8.0 weeks
                      • 6/20/2015
                      • 8.0 weeks

                      Project Support Assistant for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Service

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                      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.

                        Mental Health Charity

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                        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.

                        • 6/13/2015
                        • 8.0 weeks
                        • 6/20/2015
                        • 8.0 weeks

                        Women's Mental Health Charity

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                        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.

                        • 6/13/2015
                        • 8.0 weeks

                        New York City

                        Psychotherapy and Training Center

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                        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.

                          Psychology

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                          This organizations mission is to promote the physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being of the community we serve through the provision of sensitive, caring community-based services that empower the individual. We do this by providing health resources, social services, education, employment and housing services. Many of our members are homeless and suffer from chemical dependency and their lives have suffered as a result. We treat the whole person and offer a caring and accepting environment where these individuals may rebuild their lives. For this purpose we have several medical and residential programs which provide the basic, human needs and the springboard from which healing begins. Intern responsibilities will be based around the background and interest of the intern

                          Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have studied psychology, or social work.

                            Washington, DC

                            Social Services Internship

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                            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.

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