An important part of advancing in your career in psychology is to take advantage of volunteering opportunities to network, gain experience (which looks great on your CV!) and help out the community. On this page, you will find potential volunteering opportunities and ideas to get you started in your search. 

Get Involved With Us! - We are always looking for volunteers to help out with our psychology-related events! We also have committees in which you can apply to join and work alongside the executive team and, of course, you can always run (or apply) for an executive position at the PSA during the elections. 

Note that volunteer hours (particularly with university affiliated organizations) can be registered with the university so that they show up on your official transcript. Click here and here for more information. 


Volunteer research assistant

Being a research assistant and participating in active research is considered one of the most valuable experiences you can have when applying for graduate school in psychology. You must reach out to a professor or lab at the university (or research organization) in order to apply to become research assistant or through the uOttawa's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). You will be exposed to various aspects of lab work and experimentation within the field and depending on your contributions, your name might even end up on the publication! Don't hesitate to visit them during office hours and don't forget to bring your CV and unofficial transcript! 


organizations within the community

A great way to gain experience in the field of psychology is through various organizations found in the community. This could range from being being a counsellor and working with children to being trained as a ABA therapist or answering calls of persons in distress at a call centre.

With that said, the PSA is always looking for students to get involved with us!


Government Agencies

Many government agencies offer you the chance to volunteer in various interesting settings. An example of such could be working inside provincial or federal correctional facilities to help out with programming.