Mental health – with disciplines such as psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work, mental health nursing, etc – is a priority focus area of ours in Rwanda. This includes the opportunity to be placed with a mental health host organization for a supervised internship, in partnership with the University of Rwanda’s Center for Mental Health.
Our Mental Health Internships enable you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. You are matched with a local host organization according to your level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific internship plan is developed in advance of each placement. Academic credits are available, and you will be expected to complete some key course requirements.
In addition to the placement, you will benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting.
While we cannot guarantee that we will find a suitable host organization for you, our list of host organizations continues to grow. Here is an overview. Placements are typically 4, 8 or 12 weeks in duration, and longer placements can be discussed as well. Start dates are flexible and year-round, subject to availability. A special summer placement option (5 weeks or 9 weeks) starts on June 30 and includes a safari experience in Akagera National Park.
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
- Work with local colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique African perspective on development and nation building.
- Explore the progress and challenges towards the development of the mental health profession in Rwanda – 25 years after the genocide.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.