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Introduction to Counseling Skills

Introduction to Counseling Skills

Introduction to Counselling Skills remote interns will gain exposure to general counselling skills applicable to all fields of psychology. This internship is suitable for anyone with an interest in psychology and counselling.

Internship Highlights:
  • Learn from a highly established and experienced Clinical Psychologist and HR Interventionist
  • Take part in mock sessions with psychologists and observe live counselling sessions
  • Gain international experience while interning remotely from home without having to travel
Type of host organizations:
  • Institute of Counseling
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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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Interns should have an interest in psychology, education, social work or other related fields. High School graduates aged 16+ 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

Introduction to Counselling Skills remote interns will gain exposure to general counselling skills applicable to all fields of psychology. This internship is suitable for anyone with an interest in psychology and counselling.

This is a remote internship you can undertake virtually from home. Click here to view in-country Psychology internships, if you would prefer to intern abroad.

This remote internship will include practical exposure to the following areas of counselling:

  • Rapport Building
  • Listening skills
  • Content Paraphrasing
  • Reflection Of Feelings
  • Empathy
  • Goal Setting
  • Probing
  • Personal Disclosure
  • Summarizing and Home Works / Case Studies

Interns will take part in mock sessions with psychologists as well as have the chance to observe live sessions. Tasks will include writing reports in areas including addiction counseling, stress & anxiety counseling, anger management and relationship counseling.

Note that this remote internship can include live sessions (related to developmental psychology and/or career counselling, not clinical psychology). Although remote internships have an element of flexibility (in that you will have some activities you’re able to complete in your own time) you’ll also need to ensure that your own time-zone can accommodate any live sessions, taking place in Indian business hours. If your time-zone and availability will be incompatible, you’re welcome to reach out to us to discuss alternative host-countries for your remote internship needs.

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

Introduction to Counseling Skills interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Working with a supervisor to learn about diagnosis and counseling.

  • Develop a greater understanding of counseling and psychological theories.

  • Supervisor introduction, feedback, communication, report and project evaluation.

Professional development opportunities:
  • Develop your counselling skills

  • Gain enhanced insight and awareness into the counseling profession

  • 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

Ashley Ngarega
June 2023

The practicality of my internship helped me distinguish the difference between learning and the actual application of learning. I had the privilege of attending a couple of live counselling sessions and observing how counsellor and client interact. I learnt to balance listening skills, observation and interaction to interpret and assess client behaviour. It challenged my time management skills and I am very grateful for the guidance and support I was given. I appreciate the skills learned and I will definitely apply them in counselling; specifically marriage and family therapy in future.

Vrishti Kulkarni
July 2022

The remote Introduction to Counseling Skills internship has empowered me with more experience and confidence to pursue this field. I learnt a lot from practice and new experiences, along with useful tips from my supervisor. As an online intern, I tuned in to sessions, took reports on social issues, NGOs and psychology, and sat in on counseling sessions with my supervisor. I learned significant tips on counseling plus tactics and methods you could use to help the disadvantaged. My favorite memory was getting to see real life success stories from our help and our supervisors to showcase the effectiveness and impact of our methods. The internship has been quite even-paced and other interns have guided me and helped me to fit in. I hope to take on more volunteer opportunities in my community, helping for charities and taking classes in psychology and therapy. I want to be able to help and support the disadvantaged and make an impact. I'm hoping to pursue a career as a doctor so getting experience in psychology, counseling, writing reports, being able to listen to clients, and as well as being able to help, all would help me thrive in certain skill sets needed for the job.

Brianna Humes
July 2022

Initially, I feared that I would struggle going into my role, especially being that I am a first year Psychology student. However, I found that I did much better than I had anticipated. If I had to give anyone advice when entering this role (or one similar), I would encourage them not to doubt themselves. An internship is all about learning and growing and I find that I received that full experience! This internship gave me exposure to the world of counseling and all of the types of counseling out there, as well as practical experience that is needed for me to thrive as a professional counselor. I really enjoyed talking with my supervisor and learning so much from her. I found her to be very inspiring and my experience interning with her for such a short period of time has really helped to guide me in the right direction as I plan my career path ahead in the future. In my remote internship with my host organization, I observed counseling sessions, researched topics that I had observed in sessions, and engaged with my supervisor following my written reports of sessions. With my observations and reports, I was able to bring new perspectives to each case.


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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.

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.