Remote Mental Health Research Internship

Make a valuable contribution to the fight to improve mental health support in Brazil

Play a big part in a small team doing meaningful work from the comfort of your own home. With this remote mental health research internship you’ll be gaining valuable research experience helping to spark cultural change around mental health in Brazil.

Based in Sao Paulo, this organization is on a mission to make mental health care acceptable, accessible, and affordable around the country. Through a combination of awareness drives, advocacy campaigns, and creating support centers and systems, all underpinned by their research projects, they hope to broaden understanding and care practices around mental health.

As an intern you’ll be working on a national survey to better understand mental health perception and identify problemed regions around the country. You’ll be developing your data processing and analysis skills and be involved in producing reports and literature reviews. Depending on when you’re with them, you may also get the chance to create informational materials for their educational outreach projects and advocacy campaigns too.

Learning objectives:

  • Practical research experience on the mental health
  • Improved data processing and analysis skills
  • Ability to communicate research through reports and literature reviews
  • An understanding of the necessities of mental health care
  • Insight into operations of a nonprofit


Instituto Cactus is a philanthropic nonprofit organization and human rights entity that acts independently to expand understanding and bolster support systems for mental health in Brazil. They have been active since 2020 and have already made a significant impact improving perception and support for mental health. 

Based in Sao Paulo, they operate through a combination of research, advocacy, awareness drives, and establishing care systems. They’re hope is that by creating a dialogue between science, the government, and the public they can create a cultural change by which mental health care is accessible and affordable to everyone in Brazil, regardless of income or background.


Interns will be working on a project to understand how mental health is perceived across Brazil via national survey. As such, interns require an understanding of mental health issues and a solid grasp of research methods like data-analysis and conducting literature reviews. That said this organization enjoys hosting interns from varied backgrounds. So whether you’re someone studying statistics/data analysis with interest in mental health, or a psychologist with strong research skills it’s worth applying

What you’ll do
  • Process and analyze data collected from their national survey
  • Writing reports from most significant findings
  • Research relevant mental health topics and produce a literature review
  • Helping to identify problemed regions of Brazil and develop systems of support
  • Assessing legalities surrounding mental health in Brazil to support advocacy campaigns
  • Possibility to assist with informational materials for awareness drives and educational programs
  • An interest in mental health issues
  • Knowledge on mental health epidemiology,
  • Experience of data analysis and literature review
  • Developed written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently
  • Spanish / Portuguese language skills as many of the materials are in Portuguese, but do know that the internal communication can be in English


This is a remote internship, so you can work from home. You’ll connect virtually with the team in Brazil, through regular meetings and check ins.


Internships start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with you during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2023 rates)

Placement fee USD 525

What you are paying for:
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • Academic guidance and support
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Access to free workshops with a focus on career development
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
Mental Health NGO
Data collection & analysis, Reporting, Research, Public health
Min. 3 months
USD 525
  • Attain practical research experience on mental health
  • Play a big role in a small team
  • Work on a variety of projects including awareness drives, educational programs, and advocacy campaigns
  • Gain insight into the operation of a mental health focused nonprofit organization
  • Make an impact from the comfort of your own home
Placement fee: USD 525

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If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us


We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!


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