Social Work

Social work internships abroad will boost your resume and make you stand out as a top candidate in the job market. As a social work intern you will learn from leading professionals while making a significant impact.

Our social work internships abroad provide the perfect opportunity to not only travel to a new part of the world, but to also make an impact while doing so. Through this hands-on experience you will be able to really make a difference in a vulnerable community overseas.

Social work internships aim to give you a well-rounded experience by allowing you to integrate into a community abroad. You will acquire skills to work with people of different ages, ethnicities, education levels, and socioeconomic statuses at social work internships abroad.

We work with major international social work organizations in all of our program destinations, ranging from those that focus on access to healthcare and education, to those that help victims of war and domestic abuse. Previous interns have been placed in organizations focused on Community Development, Education, Healthcare & Sustainability, Social Services, Environmental Activism, International Relations, and Political & Economic Development.

Social work internships abroad are perfect for people with backgrounds in International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, but in general are a great opportunity for anyone eager to connect with a new community abroad.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Community outreach, campaigning, surveying and collecting demographic based data
  • Executing marketing responsibilities such as blog writing, managing social media channels and creating promotional materials for the organization
  • Liaising between different parties to assist in event planning or finding additional resources for community development programs


Interns have previously been placed with:

  • Anna Liffey Drug Project- based in Dublin
  • New Horizon Youth Centre- based in London
  • Phoenix House- based in New York
  • Hombre y Tierra- based in Madrid

Example company of where we have placed interns in the past: One Young World

One Young World is a UK-based charity that gathers together the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.

They stage an annual Summit where the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organizations are joined by world leaders, acting as the One Young World Counsellors.

Video testimonial: Ashley and Lexi interned at Youth Work Ireland

Example Program Participants: Lexi from University of British Columbia, Canada, and Ashley from St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, talk about their internship at Youth Work Ireland in Dublin