Social Work & NGO Support
Provide virtual assistance and support to NGOs in India that are active in various fields of social work, supporting underprivileged women, vulnerable children, low-income families, or other disadvantaged communities. Help with reporting, awareness, fundraising and supporting vulnerable people to find jobs and improve their quality of life.
- Gain practical social work experience while helping others
- Build foundational training in the field through coursework like social work research and case management
- Show social responsibility by engaging in meaningful work
- Gain international experience while interning remotely from home without having to travel
Type of host organizations:
- Social work NGOs
Assist NGOs in India that are active in various fields of social work, supporting underprivileged women, vulnerable children, low-income families, or other disadvantaged communities.
This is a remote internship you can undertake virtually from home. Click here to view in-country Social Work internships, if you would prefer to intern abroad.
These remote internships in Social Work and NGO support provide valued assistance to organizations working on the front line of important social issues across India. These organizations focus on helping individuals and communities with issues including women’s empowerment, community development, capacity building, and income generation for disadvantaged minority groups.
There a wide range of placement options available, each within organizations that have their own unique priorities. Internships are customized both for the organization and the intern, and placements are allocated where is the greatest mutual benefit for locals and for you.
While the role of remote interns does vary, interns often assist with researching and reporting on specific case studies, using information to write reports and inform feedback on social issues. Interns can also assist with public relations fundraising activities, writing content for newsletters, blogs or social media, or helping with e-commerce initiatives such as product marketing or sales that provide a source of income to disadvantaged people.
This virtual internship is well suited to interns who are unable to travel but still wish to gain experience helping disadvantaged groups, where your contribution makes a genuine difference in underprivileged communities in India.
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.
Psychology & Social Work interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
Researching and reporting on case studies
Writing reports on social issues
Helping to organize fundraising activities
Writing content for newsletters, blogs or social media
Preparing education material and classes
Professional development opportunities:
Learn about Indian society and the difficulties of disadvantaged communities
Experience how social work NGOs are managed and operated
Help with communications, PR, marketing and fundraising for nonprofits
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
This remote internship will help me with my college applications and the role contributed toward the achievement of my long-term goals of becoming a psychologist or sociologist. I had hands-on experience in the area of social work, as I worked with people, and learned how to create statistical analysis pages, how to be an effective communicator, time management skills, as well as become a listener and advocate. I had the opportunity to make a real difference in a community - which is my biggest goal.
I truly enjoyed this internship experience. It helped to improve my creative writing skills and I also understood more about the various social issues faced by India. Furthermore, seeing how such initiatives can benefit those in need and support them toward a better future felt rewarding. I received excellent guidance and support from the Internship Coordinator and my supervisors during my internship. My supervisors provided me with clear direction related to the content I had to create, enabling me to develop creative materials that effectively conveyed our organization's mission and values. Moreover, each time I felt uncertain or confused about a task, they understood and were friendly in addressing my queries, creating an enjoyable working experience.
I truly enjoyed the experience of this internship. It helped to improve my creative writing skills and I also understood more about the various social issues faced by India. Furthermore, seeing how such initiatives can benefit those in need and support them toward a better future felt rewarding. I received excellent guidance and support from the Internship Coordinator and my supervisors during my internship. My supervisors provided me with clear direction related to the content I had to create, enabling me to develop creative materials that effectively conveyed our organization's mission and values. Moreover, each time I felt uncertain or confused about a task, they understood and were friendly in addressing my queries, creating an enjoyable working experience.
My biggest take-away from the internship was realizing the power we hold to make a change in many people’s lives, whether that is through raising awareness or directly intervening to provide hands-on help. For this Social Work & NGO Support internship, I was matched with an NGO that works to support children and girls who have received an HIV diagnosis. They are supported through care homes that provide shelter, protection and access to education. The tasks I was involved with included creating weekly social media posts, designed to raise awareness about the urgency of the issues regarding HIV and AIDS in India (especially with regard to children). I also contributed to the design of weekly lesson plans, aimed at providing professional and personal development for young girls. This internship provided an opportunity for growth. Through the guidance I obtained from those who are more experienced, I learned a lot more and was able to apply new information to the future career opportunities I will consider.
My internship experience has been very exciting. My supervisors were very understanding and open-minded about my culture and they encouraged me to corporate my views and perspectives into our work. Because I was starting as an intern, I did not expect to build a module for counseling on my own. However, my supervisors gave me a chance to work independently and be creative which challenged me to be more proactive and independent. I was in charge of creating new modules for adolescent counseling. I helped with coming up with new activities for adolescents and also for teacher training. A piece of advice I would give to myself (or to others) is to be open minded. We always have certain expectations, positive or negative, when it comes to new challenges. However, we can be surprised by the different processes and outcomes. Therefore, the best way to adapt is to be open minded and be respectful toward different values and perspectives.
My internship experience has been exciting, and I have learnt so much about South Asian culture and ideals while simultaneously trying to help with some of their national problems. I have been involved in researching the HIV impact in India and creating resources for those who are unable to read complex pieces of text. These included brochures, online resources, videos, and projects depicting reassurance, support, and information for HIV infected and affected people. My favourite memory from the internship has been learning the importance of understanding the diversity of different backgrounds and perspectives. I want to study culture, peace, and art in college, and this internship was a very good introduction to that field. I was able to research India's culture, information on its relationship with HIV/AIDS, and be creative when completing my assignments. I feel more empowered in my field as this internship has shown me what exactly it is I enjoy about my chosen field. I especially liked that I had control over the extent of my creativity during the internship itself.
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Academic credit available for all internships
Gain course credit from your college or university and meet your academic requirements when completing an internship abroad or remote internship program with Intern Abroad HQ.Learn about course credit
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.
|100 hours (3 weeks full time, or 5 weeks part time)
|250 hours (8 weeks full time, or 12 weeks part time)
|350 hours (13 weeks full time, or 17 weeks part time)
- 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.
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