Ask The Intern: What internship can I do with a psychology degree?

Dear Danielle, my name is Henry and I’m currently in my junior year of college. Most of my friends are going abroad next semester, so I find myself facing FOMO, or the fear of missing out. I really want to see the world while building my resume with internship experience. What can I do with a psychology degree?

 

Hi Henry, thanks so much for reaching out about where to do an internship abroad as a psychology major. The good thing for you is that psychology is pretty universal, and a field that benefits from intercultural exchange and cross-cultural understanding. Doing an international internship in psychology is a great way to make you stand out among other psychology graduates in the job market. Here are a few destinations and types of internships for psychology majors abroad.

 

1. Psychology internships in Latin America

Colombia is the perfect destination for interns who are eager to dive into the medical side of psychology. Interns with an intermediate level of Spanish may be able to visit hospitals and other medical facilities, though Spanish is not a requirement. Colombia is unique, because very few other destinations abroad will allow interns to get as much hands on experience. If your level of Spanish is limited, you can do a research internship instead. Colombia is a great place for international interns because the weather is beautiful, the food is fresh, and the people and culture are very welcoming.

 

2. Psychology internships in Madrid

If you’re looking to learn more about the importance that psychology plays in business, Madrid is a good choice for you. Psychology majors who are eager to experience Spain can dabble in quite a few sectors of a company, including business, marketing, and HR. Businesses actually love when interns have a background in psychology because this can help them meet their goals with both internal and external communication strategies. Madrid is a great city for international interns who after work hours can enjoy tapas, attend a soccer game on the weekend, or travel to a nearby city in Europe.

 

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3. Psychology internships in Dublin

Individuals who want to make an impact on the local community should apply for psychology internships in Dublin. Whether it’s working at an NGO, or crossing Psychology with Public Health, an internship in Ireland is a great way for you to get experience in your field overseas. This is also a great option for people eager to build their international networks, because by doing an internship with an NGO, you walk away with so many valuable connections from the local community. Dublin is great for interns who want to experience a smaller European city, build close relationships, and enjoy outdoor weekend adventures.

 

4. Psychology internships in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a great option for interns who want to put their psychology skills to use in a business setting. Similarly to Madrid, psychology majors who want to go to Hong Kong can gain internship experience in the business, marketing, or HR departments at a company. With global communications more important now than ever, a psychology internship in an Asian country with such a strong economy is a great way to make you stand out. Outside of your internship, you can explore the lively city with fellow international interns, go on beautiful weekend hikes, and dare devils can even go to the world’s tallest bungy jump at Macau Tower.

 

5. Psychology internships in Shanghai

Interns who are eager to experience a different culture while building their resume with psychology experience should look no further than Shanghai. It’s no secret that China is one of the biggest economies in the world, and a psychology internship at a business in Shanghai can help you learn why. Similarly to Madrid and Hong Kong, Shanghai is a great place for interns looking to gain HR and business related psychology internship experience abroad. After hours you can try all sorts of amazing street food, take a quick weekend trip to the Great Wall, all while building your international networks.

 

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Danielle Ortiz-Geis

Danielle's love for travel and intercultural exchange stemmed from her study abroad experiences in Prague, where she studied in 2012. After graduating from American University in Washington, D.C. she began her career in marketing and international education and has held previous roles at CET Academic Programs as their Marketing Coordinator, AFS Intercultural Programs as a High School Study Abroad Advisor, and Go Overseas as a Content Writer. After receiving her American-Chilean dual citizenship, she moved to Santiago, Chile and is very excited to join The Intern Group's Marketing team. On the weekends you can catch her in the mountains, at a coffeeshop, or exploring a new city by foot with her camera in hand.

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6 Comments

  1. Erin Littler on April 25, 2018 at 1:04 am

    To whom it may concern,

    I am currently investigating psychology internships that have a focus on neuro-psychology and or pediatric psychology. I am in my second year a bachelor in psychology at the moment and am looking to undertake an internship over next years Christmas break. I am curious about your programs and wonder if they would fit with my interests.

    Thank you,

    Erin Littler

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on April 25, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Erin, thanks for your comment! Your interests would fall under our Psychology career field category and we just sent you some additional information about our program in general. Kind regards

  2. Holly on May 22, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Hi there, I am currently completing my final year at university with a degree in psychology and human development. Is it possible to get some information more sent to me regarding internships focused for my degree? Cheers

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on May 22, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Holly, yes, of course! We just sent you a message with some additional information. Best regards

  3. Niveditha Mohan on June 17, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Hello, I have just completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology. Are there any internships focused in criminology or criminal psychology? I would like to do an internship in either of these areas from August. Thank you!

    • Gabrielle Trasatti on June 18, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Hi Niveditha, thanks for your comment! Yes, we have internships specific to your interests. All of our placements are full-time, 35-40 hours per week, and offer hands-on roles. We use a personalized placement method to find an internship specific to your professional goals, experience level, and future ambitions. If you’re interested in moving forward, you can submit your application form here: https://goo.gl/ADzyGT. If you need anything else, please let us know. Best regards

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