REMOTE MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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

ORGANIZATION

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.

TASKS & REQUIreMENTS

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

Responsibilities

  • 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

Requirements

  • 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

DATES & RATES

Fee Breakdown

Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

Placement fee USD 525

Inclusions

  • 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 academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your internship
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
SCHOLARSHIP & FUNDING

FAQs

Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Brazil.

What can I expect from an internship in Brazil?

What you can expect from an internship in Brazil is immense personal growth, as well as professional development. You’ll dive into a vibrant culture and expand your horizons through cross-cultural interactions. You’ll gain hands-on experience in your chosen internship while building a big network of contacts and mentors along the way!

How long can I do an internship for?

The minimum length of an internship in Brazil is two months, but the ideal length is closer to four months, or longer. This ensures you have the time to truly make a tangible impact during your time. However, our programs are customizable in length so you can apply for a summer, remote, hybrid, or gap-year internship!

Do internships in Brazil qualify for university credit?

Yes, but you must confirm with your university supervisor to approve this. It’s also possible to purchase transfer credits to add onto your internship experience.

Will I receive payment of any kind during my internship?

Unfortunately, there is no form of stipend for internships in Brazil. Your internship will be unpaid while working with the nonprofit organization, but there are multiple ways to fund your internship. Your experience will bring a wealth of new knowledge and the opportunities for professional and personal growth are invaluable!

QUICK FACTS

LOCATION: Remote
PROJECT FOCUS : Mental Health
TASK FOCUS: Data Collection & Analysis, Reporting, Research, Public Health
LENGTH: Min. 8 weeks
COST: USD 525

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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
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HOW TO APPLY

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

APPLY

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

GET STARTED

SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

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

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

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

PAYMENT

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.

CONFIRMATION

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

NEED TO MAKE AN ENQUIRY FIRST?

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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