Are you a psychology major searching for volunteer opportunities? Would you like to volunteer to gain experience? Volunteering can be very rewarding. Not only will you make a difference in someone’s life, you will gain resume experience, job references, and much more. Here are some volunteer job ideas for psychology majors.
Psychology Volunteer Job #1: Suicide / Crisis Hotline
One of the best places to gain job experience is at a crisis hotline. You will provide a listening ear to someone experiencing a crisis. You might assist someone who is feeling suicidal, or just overwhelmed with a situation in his/her life. Some hotlines are run entirely by paid staff, however, many need volunteers to keep afloat.
Please check Contact USA to find if there is a local Contact Crisis Hotline. Click here to access their website. If there is not one in your area, there could be another one run by a different name. Google your city’s name and “crisis hotline” to see if you can locate it.
Psychology Volunteer Job #2: CASA
A second fantastic volunteer idea for psychology majors is to become a CASA. CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocate.” You will serve as a voice for a child who has been abused or neglected and is in foster care. You might observe parent and child visits, meet with the child, attend meetings and more. To learn how to become a CASA, visit the website here.
Psychology Volunteer Job #3: Big Brothers / Big Sisters
Big Brothers / Big Sisters is a wonderful volunteer program. You’ll mentor a child from a single parent home. You can spend just a few hours a week, or even a month, mentoring your little sister or brother. Some activities include playing board games, sports, or even just going out to eat. It looks fantastic on a resume, but more importantly you’ll be making a difference in a child’s life. Visit the website here for full details.
Psychology Volunteer Job #4: Rape Crisis Center
A fourth idea is to volunteer at a rape crisis center. You can answer the hotline, advocate for victims and more. To find one in your area, just google “rape crisis center” along with your city’s name.
Psychology Volunteer Job #5: Group Homes for Abused / Neglected Children
Children’s Homes, which care for children in foster care, often need volunteers. You could teach a craft, mentor a child, help with tutoring and more. If there is a children’s home in your area, call and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator.
Psychology Volunteer Job #6: Hospice
Would you like to help someone who is terminally ill? Most non-profit hospices are in need of volunteers. Volunteers are matched with someone on Hospice care. You will help both the patient and his/her family.
These are just six volunteer opportunities for psychology majors. In addition to helping someone in need, and gaining experience, many times a volunteer position might lead to a paid job. It is also a wonderful avenue for job networking.
If you are searching for job suggestions, please read “Jobs and Career Ideas for Psychology Majors.” Good luck with your future endeavors!