Asociación del Parkinson

PUBLIC HEALTH: Administrative and Special Services Assistant at Asociación del Parkinson

Asociación Parkinson Madrid is a non-profit organization that provides services to improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s patients at all stages of the disease. These services include many types of therapy (music therapy, art therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc), social services, free lunches, activities and excursions, and a day center for patients with advanced Parkinson’s. Asociación Párkinson Madrid also conducts research on the symptoms of Parkinson’s and the effects of different types of therapy and treatment.

Location: Madrid


  • Observe and help with all types of therapy at the center
  • Collect and analyze data for the association’s projects
  • Translate documents and articles about Parkinson’s from medical journals from English to Spanish. This is mainly for background research
  • Help with the organization of the volunteer program at the association (keep track of volunteers, call absentee volunteers, etc).
  • Help in the day center by socializing with the patients.

Contact Details:

Calle Poeta Esteban Villegas, 12
28014 · Madrid

c/ Andrés Torrejón, 18
28014 · Madrid

Tel.: 914340406
Metro: Menéndez Pelayo / Atocha Renfe

Hours per week: 8 -10



Resume: Spanish
Interview Required: yes
Coverletter: N/A

Deadline: N/A


I am witnessing different forms of therapy for Parkinsons patients that help to improve their quality of life. It is a great way to learn how to interact with patients and help them in the most productive way possible. I would definitely recommend this internship to future members of the program. John Aslanian. Tufts, Fall 2023
I have been observing therapies and conversations with patients and caregivers, and assisting with the Association’s current projects. I would recommend it to those interested in psychology research or clinical psychology, working in a relatively slow pace. Ari Berman, Tufts. Spring 2023
Lina with coworkers at Asociación Parkinson. Fall 2022
I had a wonderful internship experience at the Asociación Párkinson Madrid, where I got a chance to see the therapeutic and research side of managing Parkinson’s. While I learned about the technical and specific difficulties that come along with PD, I also gained interpersonal skills through my interactions with patients and staff alike. I now understand better what kind of work is involved in research, which helps me with my considerations for future positions. I also made friends that guided me through the internship, helping with Spanish and creating a friendly environment that I was lucky to be a part of. Lina Fang, Tufts. Fall 2022
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I have been observing and assisting with different forms of therapy (physical therapy, cognitive therapy, speech therapy, etc.) and with intake interviews for new patients. I have also been conducting research on non-pharmacological treatments for Parkinson’s Disease. I would absolutely recommend this internship, as the work is super engaging and dynamic and the people who work there are SO wonderful! Abigail Pomeranz, Tufts. Spring 2021
I have learned how to synthesize information for an ongoing project. I have observed how a therapist communicates with their members. I have been blessed to learn about the structures of health care that take place in Europe. Daniela German, Skidmore. Spring 2020
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                                    Con su supervisora Susana  
On the whole, I am incredibly grateful to have been able to work with Parkinson’s Disease patients like my Papa. I feel that I was able to contribute to the work of the Parkinson’s Association both through research and also at the Centro de Día.  I had a global intercultural experience at the Parkinson’s Association Internship. I was able to communicate with Spanish staff members and patients and contribute to the Association’s mission. I worked with the Parkinson’s Association on a research project for the Horizon 2020 project, and I learned valuable research and interpersonal skills that I will bring with me into future endeavors. Emily Polinski, Tufts. Spring 2018
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  Yédili Genao 
Overall, I had a very positive experience with my internship at the Parkinson’s association in Madrid. I was placed under the supervision of Susana Donate, which exposed me to two very different career paths between psychology: a more administrative, human resource position and a more hands-on, clinical position. Susana also provided a variety of learning opportunities, from being able to sit in on administrative meetings to being able to see different types of therapy sessions and social service department. In general, the Parkinson’s association internship is a very well-rounded internship that constantly provides students with learning opportunities from multiple perspectives be it through the eyes of a clinical psychologist, a social worker, or the patient themselves. Yédili Genao, Skidmore. Spring 2017
  Janet Nieto   
I am directly working with patients in “El Centro Diurno” and I observe some of the therapies. I am also translating documents for the association: I am translating studies involving Parkinson disease from English to Spanish for the administration to read and I am translating documents that describe what the association does from Spanish to English. 
This semester, while I was studying abroad in Madrid, I had the opportunity to intern with Asociación Parkinson Madrid. This experience was gratifying because of its relation to my studies in community health and because it helped enhance my intercultural experience, thus being another tool that helped me become a “local” in Madrid. Overall, my internship with Asociación Parkinson Madrid was academically, professionally, and culturally enriching. Janet Nieto, Tufts. Fall 2016
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I am learning so much about Parkinson’s disease and the treatment and research related to it. I help out with therapy, translate medical journal articles, conduct research, and spend time with the patients in their day center. Since I hope to go into public health, it is very interesting to see how the association helps with addresses aspects of Parkinson’s on the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention levels. Lisa Meeham, Tufts. Spring 2016
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