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Psychology Internships in Cusco

Psychology Internships in Cusco

This Psychology internship in Peru offers a unique opportunity for psychology students to learn from a qualified professional working in a clinical setting. Interns shadow and assist local psychologists as they work with patients with a wide range of mental health challenges, including traumas, diagnosed disorders and developmental issues.

Internship Highlights:
  • Work closely with professional psychologists
  • Get to know and understand the factors behind a range of mental health issues
  • Support in domestic violence campaigns
  • Experience Cusco, one of the world’s most popular tourism cities
Type of host organizations:
  • Public and private mental health clinics
Fully hosted experience from $1494
Includes accommodation & meals
Typical schedule: Monday - Friday, 4 hours per day
Minimum duration 4 weeks, up to 24 weeks maximum
Spanish language lessons available
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Suitable for students at an undergraduate degree level in a related field, such as psychology and health sciences. High School graduates aged 18+ may be accepted, depending on the strength of their application (including any relevant experience, with a desire to learn and grow within this field).

Language requirements

Suitable for students at an intermediate to advanced (B1 to C2) Spanish language level (recommended Spanish language education for 2 or more years).

Associated career paths

Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Special Educational, Family Support Worker, Youth/Social Worker

Internship details

This Psychology internship in Peru offers a unique opportunity for psychology students to learn from a qualified professional working in a clinical setting. Interns shadow and assist local psychologists as they work with patients with a wide range of mental health challenges, including traumas, diagnosed disorders and developmental issues.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided. You can explore remote Psychology & Social Work internships, if you are looking for an internship program that you can undertake from home.

Psychology interns in Peru get a real-life view of working in psychology. By shadowing and assisting practicing psychologists, you’ll see how they develop relationships with patients and implement different treatment strategies. Placements are available in a range of both private and public clinics, helping patients with a wide range of personal issues. Interns can also help the clinic to run smoothly by assisting with administrative tasks.

Psychology internship placements in Peru provide additional scope for interns to assist with domestic violence campaigns. Domestic violence can often be correlated with mental health issues in Peru, and proactive interns can help to organize and run campaigns in the community to raise awareness, providing information to locals about how to seek help.

Please note the degree of independence and nature of the tasks that Psychology interns will be assigned is dependent on your Spanish level and prior experience. It is essential to develop a rapport with psychologists and patients and being able to communicate properly in Spanish is an important factor in helping you to do that. Be prepared to take a proactive approach and take initiative where possible.

In all cases, interns should expect that the first week of your experience will focus on settling in and gaining some introductory knowledge, as you will not “hit the ground running”. Rather, you should start with learning about the placement to gain an understanding of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary, as the specific placement that you’re assigned will depend on review of your resume and your current level of studies and experience. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.

Career Benefits

Psychology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Shadowing and observing local psychologists in clinics

  • Supporting in administrative work

  • Learning about the diagnosis of patients from your supervisor

  • Helping to organize and run educational campaigns

Professional development opportunities:
  • Experience how psychologists build relationships and trust with patients

  • Gain understanding about treatment strategies for patients with a range of issues

  • Practice and develop Spanish language proficiency within a professional setting

  • Get an insight in the Peruvian healthcare system

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

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What recent interns said about their experience

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Amanda Muniz
February 2022

My internship experience has been amazing. It was different from what I imagined because I thought I would be more nervous, but no. The team of the Centre I interned with were amazing and made me feel at home from day one. As I developed familiarity and context within my role, my expectations increased. I was given an incredibly active role shadowing psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists and occupational therapists. This meant I could learn so much more, expanding my horizons and taking on more responsibilities. I was in charge of shadowing the Mental Health Centre staff, discussing cases and helping with tele monitoring. My internship has supported my long term goals as I wanted to gain knowledge and experience I'd have for the rest of my life. My long term goals are to help society and the people that are close to me. With this experience I feel more prepared to deal with crisis interventions, and to notice more easily when people are in need of help. My favorite memory from my internship experience was ironically my last day. But, that is because I did more interviews and got to meet everyone and they wished me a lot of good things. At that moment I realized that I wanted to stay longer, that being there was one of the best decisions I could have ever made.

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Javan Tate
August 2021

I'm currently studying Psychology, so being onsite for this internship allowed me to apply learned theories and developmental skills to the children first hand. I was able to interact with them in various ways; through academics as they were intellectually challenged by learning English, and through activities, as they participated in creative games established by the volunteers. This experience has allowed me to explore a whole new perspective on how psychology is applicable to youth. I now feel more appreciative of what I have and more ambitious to do what I want. I feel more empowered and understand that there is a real need for people like myself in the field of Psychology.

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Duration
Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $1,494 Equivalent to $53 /day
5 weeks $1,649 Equivalent to $47 /day
6 weeks $1,829 Equivalent to $43 /day
8 weeks $2,139 Equivalent to $38 /day
10 weeks $2,504 Equivalent to $35 /day
12 weeks $2,814 Equivalent to $33 /day
16 weeks $3,544 Equivalent to $31 /day
20 weeks $4,164 Equivalent to $29 /day
24 weeks $4,784 Equivalent to $28 /day
  • Airport pick-up
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • All in-country transportation
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Peru begin every Monday. Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. The minimum duration requirement is 2 weeks up to a maximum duration of 24 weeks.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.

The typical port of entry is the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ). If you are planning to spend time independently in Peru prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics with you.

Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation. The last night of the accommodation is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Saturday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.

Orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.

Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

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Accommodation and WiFi

All program participants are hosted in various homestay accommodations, which are usually located approximately 20 minutes walk to the central office (which is located just off the Plaza De Armas). In some cases, accommodation may be located closer to the internship placement than the central office for convenience. If so, then the central office may be about 20 minutes away via public bus.

There are approx. 2 - 5 bedrooms in most homestays and everyone has their own bedroom (unless special requests are made in advance to share). Host families typically have their own bathrooms and there is a separate bathroom which is shared amongst the program guests.

Living is comfortable, however it’s important to note that the infrastructure in Cusco is different from other developed cities. Water is cut-off intermittently at various times during the day. Most of the time, the water is running early in the morning, in the afternoons and evenings. It’s advised to shower in the morning and early evening (shower pressure can be low, and the water is typically warm but not steaming hot). On occasion, the water can be cut-off for longer periods of time (but with a fair warning). There is usually 24-hour electricity but from time to time the power can be cut-off without warning.

It is endeavoured to provide WiFi in the home-stay accommodation, but the signal may not always be strong and from time to time, may go down.

Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one option for homestay accommodation, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. However, you can expect a similar standard and similar amenities, to what is shown.

Meals

Internships in Cusco include three meals per day, served at the homestay. A typical Peruvian breakfast is provided and consists of bread, spreads, juice, coffee or tea, and fruit. Lunch is generally the biggest meal of the day, and often consists of a soup and a main dish. Dinner commonly consists of meat (often chicken), soups, pastas, starches and vegetables. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance, so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations accordingly.

Spanish lessons

Internships in Peru require interns to have varying levels of Spanish language proficiency, from either a confident level of basic Spanish, to a more developed grasp of intermediate to advanced language skills. The definition of having basic Spanish skills (Level A2) includes the ability to exchange brief information with questions and answers, use and understand simple language in daily situations and cultural aspects.

Keep in mind that despite your level of proficiency, a language barrier can still be encountered to a certain extent. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Most interns are able to have a successful internship experience and it is essential to come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier, as opposed to being intimidated by it.

We strongly recommend that all interns take advantage of the affordable language lessons offered exclusively to Intern Abroad HQ participants by our host organization in Peru. These can be arranged directly with the local team once registered for the program (ask about online Skype lessons) or at the orientation in-country. Language lessons are tailored to each individual’s current level of Spanish and classes run from Monday through to Friday.

Weekends and travel

During the weekends, free time is available to relax, engage in tourism activities and explore other parts of Peru. The program is based in Cusco at an elevation of approximately 3,400 m (11,200 ft). As the historic capital of the Inca Empire and UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is a lot to see and do within the city center alone (not to mention all the excellent restaurants!) Spanish colonial buildings mix with pre-Columbian sites in this truely remarkable city. Buy a “Boleto Turístico del Cusco”, which covers admission to sixteen excellent attractions within the Cusco and Sacred Valley region (valid for 10 days). If you have an International Student I.D. Card, use this to secure discounts!

  • Machu Picchu: It’s rare to visit Cusco without planning a trip to Machu Picchu. A truly stunning creation, the 15th-century Inca citadel is the quintessential icon of Peru and the Incan empire. The town below Machu Picchu, “Machu Picchu pueblo” or “Aguas Calientes” may be used as an overnight base before and after visiting the archeological site - especially when journeying from Cusco via bus/train, which takes about 3 hours (one way). Make sure you book entrance tickets in advance (including for Huayna Picchu if you wish to access the other peak).

  • The Classic Inca Trail: Sanctuary authorities have imposed a limit on the number of people that are allowed to hike the Inca Trail at any given time. Therefore, these excursions book out months in advance so it’s important to plan ahead by booking through a licensed guide or tour agency if you want to arrive to Machu Picchu by foot - especially during the high season, which is from May to September. Allow four days walking to arrive at Machu Picchu via the classic Inca Trail.

  • Inca Jungle Trek: This adventurous route to Machu Picchu includes walking, biking and sometimes even some rafting. From Cusco, the route leads into the Sacred Valley, from where you bike to Santa Maria, then walk to from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa, before arriving to the village of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). After visiting Machu Picchu on the fourth day, the return to Cusco is via train. This option is not recommended during the months of January, February and March, due to unfavorable weather conditions (rainy season).

  • Salkantay Trek: This is considered an Inca trail alternative - it is more physically demanding but arguably offers more picturesque scenery, including waterfalls, plantations, mountains and jungle. The trek reaches a height of 4,650 m (15,255 ft) on its first two days, passing over snowy mountaintops. However, during the third and fourth day of the trek, you pass through jungle conditions in more tropical climates. On the fifth day, trekkers reach Machu Picchu.

Essential country information

Capital Lima
Population 29.99 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone UTC-05:00
Weather and climate:

Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current causes great climatic diversity within the country. In the mountainous region, rain is frequent during summer and temperatures and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The Jungle is characterized by heavy rainfal​l​ and high temperatures, with the exception of its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.