About Psychology / Social Sciences Internships

Our psychology and social services internships abroad 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 of psychology and social services internships abroad for a more detailed description.

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Refugee Acceptance Preparation

This NGO is a leading voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. Currently, this branch resettles and/or provides assistance to over 700 refugees and asylees each year. An intern here will be assisting in preparing for the arrival of new refugees and will report to the Logistics Specialist.

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Social Services Internship

Social Services Internship

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. Assist with resume-building, filling out job applications, food stamps, and health care access, etc.

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Case Work Internship

Case Work Internship

The Case Work team is the first point of contact for newly-arrived refugees. Case Workers provide initial services to orient refugees to life in the US. These services include securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security cards and State IDs, and linking clients to our internal and mainstream services.

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Early Childhood Education Internship

Early Childhood Education Internship

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. 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.

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Progressive Nonprofit Supporting the Elderly

This organization works with the elderly in need. They provide long-term housing, a befriending service, and support in the community. They endeavor to support elderly citizens in ways that meet their needs while maximizing their independence through a wide range of services, both statutory and voluntary. The intern's responsibilities would be to perform community outreach and interact with clients, conduct research, and advocate on behalf of the organization and its services.

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Mental Health Clinic

Mental Health Clinic

This outpatient clinical treatment center, specializing in a nutritional approach to mental health problems, offers a comprehensive assessment of biochemical imbalances that can contribute to mental health problems, and advice to correct these imbalances as a means to restore health. For someone interested in enhancing their cover letter for graduate school applications, this internship is a dream placement! The role entails client file data collection and analysis, observation of consultations conducted by clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, and assisting with the general operation of the center, including fielding clients’ queries. The ideal candidate will have excellent research, phone and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to contribute to the administration of the clinic.

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Mental Health Clinic

Mental Health Clinic

This outpatient clinical treatment center, specializing in a nutritional approach to mental health problems, offers a comprehensive assessment of biochemical imbalances that can contribute to mental health problems, and advice to correct these imbalances as a means to restore health. For someone interested in enhancing their cover letter for graduate school applications, this internship is a dream placement! The role entails client file data collection and analysis, observation of consultations conducted by clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, and assisting with the general operation of the center, including fielding clients’ queries. The ideal candidate will have excellent research, phone and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to contribute to the administration of the clinic.

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Imperative Multidisciplinary Approach To Aid

Imperative Multidisciplinary Approach To Aid

The internship role will be based at an Adult Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service in South West London. This is a unique role providing an opportunity to experience a multidisciplinary approach to service delivery to aid interns to develop clinical skills in the application of treatment interventions. Interns will shadow and co-facilitate drug and alcohol groups in both an abstinent and non-abstinent structured day programme. Additionally, they will assist in the delivery of basic substance misuse training both in-house and/or externally, to local services as and when required.

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Progressive Nonprofit Supporting the Elderly

Progressive Nonprofit Supporting the Elderly

This organization works with the elderly in need. They provide long-term housing, a befriending service, and support in the community. They endeavor to support elderly citizens in ways that meet their needs while maximizing their independence through a wide range of services, both statutory and voluntary. The intern's responsibilities would be to perform community outreach and interact with clients, conduct research, and advocate on behalf of the organization and its services.

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Nonprofit Working with Women/Children in Situations of Domestic Violence

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 counselor, a free legal advice service, child care workers, community care social workers, health services, and more. The intern's duties may include children playgroup supervision and shadowing employees on a daily basis, including accompanying families to court, etc. 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 who is willing to work through difficult situations.

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Psychotherapy Counseling

Psychotherapy Counseling

This counseling center was set up in 2001 with the goal of providing psychological therapies to help clients deal with the specific problems of anxiety, depression, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder mental 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.

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Research Intern for a Large Nonprofit Organisation

Research Intern for a Large Nonprofit Organization

This large non-profit organization has several programs and services throughout Ireland. The placement exists within one program that helps approximately 150 adults with mild intellectual disabilities through supported employment, training, 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 organization tasks for subject interviews, data entry, and statistical analysis.

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Psychotherapy and Training Center

Psychotherapy and Training Center

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.

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Social Service Opportunity

Social Service Opportunity

This organization's 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.

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Dynamic Psychotherapy and Training Center Internship

Dynamic Psychotherapy and Training Center Internship

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. 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.

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What If I Don’t See My Internship Career Field?

The career fields listed on the website are a broad sampling of what is available. If you don't see what you're looking for, that doesn't mean it's not a possibility! Think about what kind of work you would like to do and also where your interests lie. Want a longer list of placement examples from our database? Just ask. 

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