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Child & Youth Mental Health

Child & Youth Mental Health

Play an important role in helping young people in Jamaica by developing online resources to improve their mental health, resilience and emotional intelligence. Interns are placed with NGOs, and assist with the research and development of online tools for young people struggling with a range of developmental issues.

Internship Highlights:
  • Gain practical experience to understand mental health issues in young people and how to address them
  • Help young people to address their issues and encourage better community support
  • Gain international experience while interning remotely from home without having to travel
Type of host organizations:
  • NGO’s
  • Community Support Groups
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Gain academic or course credit
Everything arranged for you from $1099 (approximately 1099)
Available year-round, start when you like
Intern part-time or full-time from anywhere
Choose your duration: 100, 200 or 350 hours
Personal online orientation & coaching
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Internships align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Suitable for students who have at least one year of relevant college/university study in psychology, social work, International studies or other relevant experience. 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

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

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

Internship details

Child and Youth Mental Health interns play an important role in helping young people in Jamaica by developing online resources to improve their mental health, resilience and emotional intelligence. Interns are placed with NGOs, and assist with the research and development of online tools for young people struggling with a range of developmental issues.

This is a remote internship you can undertake virtually from home. If you would prefer to intern abroad, click here to explore destinations that offer placements related to the Social Sciences.

It’s well documented that poverty, dysfunctional family structures and other social challenges can have a long-term impact on the development of young people. With limited resources, time and expertise, there can be little or no support for children and young people who have these kinds of day to day stresses, leading to poor emotional well-being. This is especially the case in Jamaica, where you can help make a real difference.

As a Child and Youth Mental Health virtual intern, you’ll be placed with local NGOs and community support groups who work with young people. Interns assist a team of dedicated therapists and psychologists on a hugely valuable project to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of young people in Jamaica.

Your role is to contribute to online resources that support children and young people looking to understand themselves and their feelings as they grow up. Interns contribute in two ways: researching data and creating the resources themselves.

Researching includes:

  • Conducting interviews to see how people react to certain stimuli
  • Analyzing feedback to identify trends
  • Develop short surveys and promote them online
  • Research online content for the development of digital materials
  • Write reports and develop content that will be used for digital materials

Creating resource includes:

  • Making online animations, social media content, digital resources and interactive workbooks
  • Creating video presentations on well being, mental and physical health
  • Developing online and offline promotions and awareness campaigns for young people, their teachers, parents and others in the community

The work you complete can contribute to developing your own simple materials, as well as helping developers in Jamaica to complete more advanced resources.

As a remote intern, you’ll have the flexibility to work to a schedule that suits both you and your supervisor. Your schedule will need to accommodate online meetings with your supervisor when it’s required, so there will be times where you’ll need to be available during office hours in Jamaica.

In all cases, interns should expect that the initial phase of their remote internship will focus on gaining some introductory knowledge. You may start by gaining an understanding or overview 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. 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

Child & Youth Mental Health interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Researching mental health issues and contemporary understanding

  • Conducting mental health and well-being surveys

  • Producing digital resources to develop better understanding of mental health and well-being issues

  • Developing videos, workbooks, activities and other resources for young people in Jamaica

  • Running social media campaigns

Professional development opportunities:
  • Learn about mental health and well-being issues in general, as well as specifically in young people in Jamaica

  • Gain an understanding of how to promote good health and address certain issues and disorders

  • Get experience producing a range of different online and offline resources

  • Learn how to raise awareness of mental health issues and how to address stigmas around them.

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

What recent interns said about their experience

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Chloe Morrison
July 2023

This internship has significantly empowered me for success as a future children's therapist. Through discussing mental health with educators and delving into research, I've learned effective ways to communicate with children about this topic. Understanding warning signs and coping strategies has boosted my preparedness. I feel confident and enthusiastic as I move towards becoming a children's therapist, armed with practical skills and knowledge that will make a real difference in the lives of the children I'll work with.

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Bria Willoughby
June 2023

This internship was wonderful ! The entire process was very organized and easy to follow. My mentor, Jade, did an absolutely fantastic job providing us with what our expectations consisted of. There was never a time where I felt lost or felt like I didn't know what to do. Jade was also available and talked with us consistently. This internship has contributed toward my personal and professional development by opening a new door for what my future plans may include. I never thought about working with the Caribbean to help bring awareness for mental illness. This internship has also allowed me an opportunity to apply my psychology knowledge to real world experiences.

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Emma Hak-Kovacs
February 2023

I enjoyed the opportunity to work with an organization I might not have otherwise discovered. Intern HQ allowed me to browse my options in a very coherent and accessible manner, and my coordinator was incredibly helpful in making any changes I required. Both my placement and my reflections through Intern HQ have allowed me to learn about myself and grow my skills, despite my placement only being a relatively short period.

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Brianna Barker
August 2022

This experience was amazing in every way and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested! I chose Child and Youth Mental Health because I wanted to be able to examine the effects of mental health on children, especially in a specific country. This remote internship was beneficial because I was able to develop my skills in working with people to develop tools and resources to help communities in need. I think that the organization in Jamaica does a wonderful job of welcoming interns and assigning them projects that will genuinely have a positive impact on the local classrooms and teachers in Jamaica. My biggest takeaway from this internship is that every culture has a unique view about emotions and it is so valuable to learn about these different views. We will always be surrounded by people from different backgrounds in our lives, so it is important to learn how to best help and understand everyone!

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Sebastian Straub
June 2022

This internship made me happy, as I was able to utilize my psychological knowledge in an area where it could actually be used to help people. It reminds me of why I started psychology in the first place, so I could help people feel better about themselves and become more comfortable in interacting with the world. After the internship, I feel more empowered because I know I’m able to use my academically learned skills in a real world scenario successfully. Also I’m more confident in placing myself in leadership positions and understand how best to lead small teams. I learned a lot about how to be a leader and what not to do. Hopefully next time I take an internship I will do it on the ground in Jamaica!

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Vivion Purser
May 2022

This internship role prepared me for my long-term career goal of working with disadvantaged youth, from a psychological standpoint. I learned skills that will benefit me in the future, such as communication, organization, and time management, and I further developed my skills as a researcher. Going forward, it also taught me to prepare for any obstacles caused by cultural differences by keeping an open mind and avoiding making assumptions in general. Instead of assuming, I can ask clarifying questions. My overall greatest takeaway was to always remain conscious and considerate of the varying backgrounds and diverse lifestyles that may be present within a group or among individuals of interest. I feel more empowered to be successful in the field of psychology because I now have a greater understanding of environmental influences on psychological development.

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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 within 7 days of being assigned a placement.

Duration
Program Fee
100 hours (3 weeks full time, or 5 weeks part time) $1,099
250 hours (8 weeks full time, or 12 weeks part time) $1,499
350 hours (13 weeks full time, or 17 weeks part time) $1,799
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Orientation and coaching with your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of $75 USD.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.