Please contact your AFSNext specialist to confirm availability in the following cities at info@afsusa.org:
Dublin, Ireland | London, U.K. | New York City, U.S.A | Paris, France | Sydney, Australia | Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Program fees & start dates
The below description has been provided by our implementing program administrator and is subject to change.

Program Overview

Internship Examples

Below are examples of our international Social Work and Psychology Internships. It is not guaranteed that you could get placed in one of the internship examples, but there are plenty of opportunities within the field. New opportunities are created every year. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know!

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 and training, as well as 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 will entail tasks such as subject interviews, data entry, and statistical analysis.


Psychotherapy Internship

Psychology Internships: 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 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.


Psychology 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 by helping them resolve issues causing emotional distress. Candidates 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.


Where you’ll live

Depending on your internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, in a college dorm, or in a 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 your city’s public transportation system.

During your stay, you’ll operate within the same network as the students and/or interns you live  with. It is often through these relationships that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and compare experiences from your individual psychology internships.

Your language learning

Most programs are located in very English-friendly areas, 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 will  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 — French language proficiency will be evaluated prior to program attendance via Skype interview.)

Housing and Language

Where you’ll live

Depending on your internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, in a college dorm, or in a 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 your city’s public transportation system. During your stay, you’ll operate within the same network as the students and/or interns you live  with. It is often through these relationships that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and compare experiences from your individual psychology internships.

Your language learning

Most programs are located in very English-friendly areas, 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 will  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 — French language proficiency will be evaluated prior to program attendance via Skype interview.)

Preparing for your future in social work and psychology

Selecting your internship

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 psychology internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement. Working with your advisor, you’ll use the Clifton StrengthsFinder 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.

Before your internship

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.

During your internship

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 have another opportunity to 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 that this feedback-loop is essential for success. Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debriefing touching on reverse culture shock and career training. When you return home, you’ll join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained from their psychology internships to advance their lives and careers!