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Being a psychology major, what are good volunteer opportunities I should join to build my resume for grad school?

It is hard to find internships for counseling and psychology, but my career adviser said that volunteer work is just as important. #psychology

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Linda Ann’s Answer

I would suggest volunteer opportunities with a local hospital - a pediatric hospital, specifically or a pediatric wing of a major hospital. Another suggestion : non profit organizations in your community, e.g., a homeless shelter or a food pantry.


There are many human service needs throughout our nation.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Carly!


Coop, internship, shadowing, and volunteer programs should be viewed as opportunities to get exposure to the career field rather than a way to impress someone. One should evaluate them based upon the opportunity to see how the career area fits.


Best of luck! Please keep me informed. i would like to follow your progress!

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Theresa’s Answer

Anything that involves people. One of the most helpful things to learn as a psychologist is how to be and sit with suffering - your own and others’ - and because everyone has pain and suffering in various gradations, you can practice being with it.
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Ivee’s Answer

Non-Profit organizations are always a good option, although I would recommend finding something that you truly care about and that you would find fulfilling. Volunteering helps to build your resume and experience, yes, but altruism is also important for personal fulfillment and growth, and your passion for the opportunity will impact the organization you volunteer with as well. Help in Crisis, or similar organizations, is always a great option.
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