Following is a sample of our international Social Work and Psychology Internships. New opportunities are created every year. Get in touch if you don't see what you're looking for!
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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.
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 internship 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.
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, and possess strong communications skills.
Depending on your internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, college dorm, or student residence. A local program advisor and coordinator will be available to help you settle in and answer any questions during your program. Your accommodations will likely be within walking distance of city public transportation.
During your stay, you’ll be within the same network as the students and/or interns you’re living with. It is often through these individuals that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and venture out on your own to your internship posts.
Most locations are very English-friendly, and do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Depending on your placement, you may have the opportunity to integrate further into the community by attending language lessons.
* If your internship takes place in Paris, you’ll have the chance to experience full cultural immersion by living with a local host family. (French language skills are required for an internship in this location, and you should expect to be evaluated beforehand via Skype interview.)
Before you depart, you’ll be introduced to your internship advisor for one-on-one support and career guidance. Your advisor will help you prepare for your internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement. Working with your advisor, you’ll take the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment to identify your top five strengths. These strengths will be useful in determining future opportunities and helping to focus your interests into clear career goals well beyond the scope of the program.
Once you and your advisor have selected your internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you get ready for the transformational experience of working and living abroad. You’ll also have career skills training videos and articles at your fingertips to help you build your resume in advance. We want you to succeed and thrive abroad, and will provide countless resources to ensure you have what you need to do so.
When you arrive at your destination, you’ll attend a welcome orientation to help you settle in and start your experience with your best foot forward. Midway through your program, you’ll check in with local advisors at a career coaching session. During this visit, onsite staff will interview you and your employer to identify your strengths and areas where you could improve. We find this feedback-loop to not only be essential for success, but often lacking in environments where you’re on your own. Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debriefing and re-entry career and culture training. When you return home, you’ll join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained to advance their lives and careers!
This program is implemented by a trusted organization within the AFSNext partnership community and has our full endorsement. While not managed or operated by AFS, it maintains the same exceptional quality standards, which are set by a network of experienced international non-profits operating within the international education field.