Social Impact: Psychology / Mental Health Internship in Rome, Italy

Academic Credits


Hours per week

40 hours per week



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



104 Via Portuense


Gain Professional Experience in Rome, Italy!

30 December 2018 – 18 January 2019


Are you looking for your passion or know what you want, but are not sure how to pursue it in the professional world? Do you want to build skills and knowledge via international hands-on experience and mentorship customized to meet your needs and goals? Do you want to explore the world and learn first-hand knowledge of developing and implementing programs, performing research, and building capacity? 

Inizia Futuro, Picture the World’s internship program in Rome, Italy, provides an incredible experience to help you grow, both personally and professionally. We work with local partners, including NGOs, government entities, and businesses, performing research and developing and implementing programs and interventions for refugees and marginalized Italian populations. While giving you autonomy and freedom to develop skills and implement your ideas, our mentorship assists in teaching, guiding, and developing your ideas for execution. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work in conjunction with and learn from others in different fields to integratively and holistically approach projects. 

Psychology intern will focus on some or all of the following projects/topics:

  • Improvement of mental health and social integration of refugees/migrants
  • Empowerment training to assist vulnerable populations with socio-economic integration processes
  • Informally interacting with our beneficiaries (refugees, victims, poor native populations) to build rapport and trust
  • Developing and presenting interventions via workshops and various modalities to assist beneficiaries, based on formal and informal interactions to best meet their current needs
  • Prepare resources for the NGOs and/or welcome centers that work with beneficiaries
  • Working with refugees that are no longer eligible for government assistance and face deep psychological strain from their challenges, such as unemployment, isolation, poverty, lack of confidence
  • Working with victims of violence, providing direction and assistance for healing
  • Additional projects as they develop to meet local needs and intern goals

Applicable fields of study/interest:

  • Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Human Behavior
  • Human Development
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Anthropology
  • Community Development
  • Any other related field

The cost to participate in the program is $1925.00 USD and includes: 

  • Housing for the duration of the internship (apartment shared with other program interns)
  • Transportation to and from the airport upon arrival to and departure from Rome, Italy
  • Orientations, overall guidance, and mentorship for the internship work and any personal development interests
  • Ground transportation within the city of Rome, including non-internship related travel
  • Access to and work experience with local organizations, government and beneficiaries
  • Professional and technical training/education
  • Italian language learning opportunities
  • Education on Italian history, economy, politics, refugees and their hardships, resources, and processes
  • Opportunities to work with previously-collected data from past and current projects, to learn, and to educate
  • Gaining experience in leadership, project development, and hands-on work
  • Many more opportunities and growth!


You will gain professional skills in many of the following areas:

  • public speaking
  • research
  • data analysis
  • human development
  • organizational capacity-building
  • training & materials
  • problem solving
  • critical thinking
  • leadership
  • global & philanthropic perspectives
  • fine detail and large-picture decision-making
  • project development & implementation
  • integrated and collaborative methodologies


This experience was fashioned specifically for the enhancement of the participants. The interns are the focus of the program, not just integrated into the work we already are performing, and are given much attention for the development and enhancement of their academic and professional skills. The experience of the internship we offer is semi-customized to meet the objectives of each participant individually. We provide appropriate experiences based on education and experience level. We aim to meet each participant where they are at the time they begin the program. From there, we work to enhance their professional and technical skills, provide them with hands-on and pertinent work that enables them to learn and grow. Additionally, we aim to develop each intern in a manner that is nurturing, comfortable, and didactic. As a result, upon completion of the experience, participants have an advantage over competition as far as advanced educational programs and job opportunities, having learned both typical and unique skills that can be an asset and major advantage. Interns are given freedom to make decisions and drive projects, while being mentored by our organizational leadership. As a result, the interns will attain an experience that will assist in opening the doors to their future goals and have unique skill sets that are not learned in an academic setting and are slowly learned in a job setting that is not catered to intern talents and objectives.


In general, we work with partnering organisations that are local NGOs, companies, or government entities working with the marginalized community members. We fill needs and gaps by performing research and offering services and interventions, such as workshops,resources, manuals, videos, trainings to both the marginalized populations and NGO staff. The scope of the work varies and can range from conducting interviews and compiling data that is then used to develop a workshop addressing topics of concern, such as overcoming past traumas. The intern could also help an NGO develop infrastructure and capacity. Additionally, the work can include working individually with someone from our marginalized population to address specific issues, concerns, barriers, etc. Interns from different fields work together to provide an integrative and holistic approach to projects and problem-solving.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for a limited number of spots. If interested, please email your CV and a brief cover letter stating the reasons you are interested in the program and the knowledge, experience, and studies that enable you to add value to our program and the marginalized populations in Rome, Italy, to the program director: