- Medical internships abroad organized for you
- What to expect from Intern Abroad HQ’s medical internships
- Who can do a medical internship abroad?
- Why do a medical internship abroad?
- Best medical internships abroad for 2021 & 2022
- What type of work do medical internships involve?
- How to get started
Medical Internships abroad organized for you
Medical and healthcare internships abroad combine the opportunity to gain hands-on experience supported by a qualified professional with valuable insight into cultural diversity. Medical internships are available year-round in Greece, Spain, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zanzibar.
Completing a medical internship abroad is an exciting way to boost your resume or med school application, explore your career path and improve the health of people in underdeveloped countries.
What to expect from Intern Abroad HQ’s Medical Internships
1. Personal and professional development
Choosing to do an internship abroad is a special decision! It means making the conscious decision to leave the comforts of home, to experience new ways of thinking, doing, seeing and being. We share the journey with interns to ensure that the focus on personal and professional development is prioritized and supported throughout. Intern Abroad HQ facilitates an experiential learning curriculum for all interns, which covers weekly themes and reflections. This guided approach enhances self-awareness and cultural intelligence, enabling interns to understand how their experiences build soft skills that are essential for employability and a resilient career.
2. Affordable international opportunities
We provide financially accessible internship opportunities which encompass full support, such as airport pick ups, orientations, accommodation, meals and 24/7 local support. With the logistics for interning abroad covered, you can focus on the opportunity of a lifetime and budget for the destination of your dreams.
3. Socially-responsible internships
As a division of International Volunteer HQ, we are a certified B Corporation, demonstrating our commitment to transparent operation and the highest standards for social and environmental performance. Together with International Volunteer HQ, we carefully consider the impact of our work within the communities and environments in which our interns, volunteers, and local teams operate.
4. Flexibility for scheduling and seeking academic credit
We are dedicated to ensuring that quality internship experiences are accessible for students, while also being capable of meeting diverse academic requirements. With Intern Abroad HQ, you can choose a short to long-term internship duration that works for your goals and any academic requirements. Start dates are available year-round, with rolling admissions dates, so interns can plan their schedule around any other commitments. Intern Abroad HQ can readily provide guidance to students who are seeking to obtain credit through their academic institution.
5. Customized, stress-free internships
Looking for an internship that takes care of it all? Look no more! We take a customized approach toward matching interns to opportunities within their field. Tell us about your interests and goals and we’ll take it from there. Intern Abroad HQ provides full-service global internship experiences for students and recent graduates alike. Our team provides guidance from your first enquiry through till your program completion, so there is always someone to connect with at every step.
Who can do a Medical Internship abroad?
Whether you’re an aspiring dentist, doctor, nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, or social worker, we have a broad range of meaningful medical internships that will enable you to give back and enhance your compassion as a healthcare worker.
Our internships are super flexible and we only have a few basic requirements to get started:
- Be proficient in the English language
- Have graduated high school by your internship program start date
- Be at least 18 years old by your internship program start date
- Be capable of presenting a clean criminal background check
Some medical internship opportunities are suitable for participants who are at a pre-med school level, while others are better suited to students at a postgraduate study level.
If you’re a university student, ideal fields of study include:
- Public Health
- Occupational Therapy
- Disability Care / Special Needs Care
- Biological / Health Sciences
Even those at pre-med level can take a Medical internship Abroad!
Please give us a call to find the best medical internship fit based on your goals and experience. You will find the most convenient phone number for your region here, as well as details about our office hours.
Why do a Medical Internship abroad?
- Explore your interests and career path at a pre med level, to inform future study plans
- Get hands-on experience supported by qualified medical professionals
- Gain experience in the provision of health care services, which meet diverse social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients
- Learn about how diverse cultural perspectives can influence perceptions of health and wellbeing, medical practice, approaches to health promotion and treatment
- Network and share experiences within your career field with other interns and practitioners from around the world
- Gain skills and unique experiences to boost your resume
- Accomplish course credit or graduation requirements
- Enhance your professional portfolio for med school applications
- Develop essential practical skills for employability, related to communication, problem-solving and team-work
- Contribute to the provision of healthcare in under-resourced communities
Best Medical Internships abroad for 2021 & 2022
Discover colorful Costa Rica while interning on Healthcare projects in elderly care homes, rural clinics, hospitals and more. Physiotherapy interns provide support to individuals with restricted mobility and chronic pain, while the Special Education project is an opportunity to provide disability support, therapy and social work.
Internships in Guatemala provide the quintessential Central American experience. Explore the visually stunning country, while gaining insight into culture, history, and modern developmental challenges which affect the healthcare industry. Healthcare internships are available for participants at a variety of levels; Spanish language proficiency is a must!
Explore the rich cultural heritage of Athens while interning as a pre-med, pre-dentistry, physiotherapy or occupational therapy student. Shadow and observe activities across a wide range of departments and medical specialities, guided by supportive medical professionals throughout.
Visit the iconic landscapes of Peru, while gaining hands-on experience on a medical internship. With programs ranging across Psychology, Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Dentistry, Special Education and as a Physician’s Assistant, you can find an internship to suit your career goals.
Discover the stunning South African Coastline on a medical internship in Cape Town. With programs in Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Public Health, you’ll be making a difference within the local community, while gaining invaluable new skills to further your career.
Explore stunning Spanish beaches, architecture and culture in the balmy Mediterranean climate of Valencia. Medical internships are ideal for pre-med students looking to gain a global perspective on healthcare. Physiotherapy interns can gain assessment, rehabilitation and evaluation experience, while Psychology students support teams to deliver treatment.
Witness incredible landscapes and wildlife at some of Africa’s greatest game reserves. With internships in Medical, Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Psychology, Nutrition and Social Work, interns are granted the opportunity to receive dedicated guidance and supervision from a medically trained Program Director and trained local professionals.
Enjoy the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, while interning across Medical, Maternity, OBS & Gynaecology, Paediatric, Physiotherapy, Surgery and Mental Health care departments in a local hospital. Psychology internship placements are also available at a public psychiatric hospital and inpatient facilities for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
What type of work do Medical Internships involve?
Internships that are suitable for students from a pre-med school level (and up) include:
These placements are based at both private hospitals and clinics, as well as non-profit health centres in Spain. They provide insight into state-of-the-art technology, European healthcare practices and numerous medical departments. Interns should not expect to work hands-on with patients, as the activities are focused on shadowing, observing, and learning from the local professionals.
If you speak intermediate Spanish, you can also consider:
- Peru - Physician’s Assistant internship - Midwifery internship - Dentistry internship
- Guatemala - Healthcare internship
- Costa Rica - Healthcare internship
The placements in Latin America are available for students at a pre-med school level, as well as for those who have progressed further in their studies and experience. Specific internship activities will always vary on each intern’s experience, so the level of responsibility and involvement will vary.
Regardless of your internship destination, always keep in mind that short-term interns can expect to have an introductory experience, as it is standard for every intern to spend time establishing foundations to build upon. The longer you intern for, the more you can expect to gain increased understanding and skills.
How to get started
Ready to take the first step?
Submit your application to make your formal expression of interest. It is free to apply and only takes 5 minutes. This step enables us to provide you with an opportunity to begin the reservation process.
Connect with your Internship Program Manager. We’re here to address any questions, provide consultation, and ensure that you’re well supported to plan for the journey ahead. Want to chat to someone straight away? No problem. You will find a list of toll free numbers for our office here, alongside details about our office hours.
Begin the placement process. Your internship is secured via deposit payment of US$449, as this enables us to start making specific arrangements for your Medical Internship abroad. Once registered, you’ll gain access to tools such as your preparation check-list and detailed Internship Manual. We recommend advance planning, so that you can lock in a great internship placement and take care of travel arrangements early. You must confirm no less than 60 days before your chosen start date as this is the deadline for program fee payment.
Pack your bags! Once you’ve confirmed your internship, we’ll help you to begin working through the preparation check-list. This is when things really start to get exciting. We make it user-friendly to turn your goals for travel and career progression into a reality!