Build your practical medical knowledge on a Physician’s Assistant internship in Tanzania, shadowing and assisting local doctors and nurses in clinics and hospitals around Arusha. This is a perfect internship for PA students who are more advanced in their studies, where you will learn from experienced professionals and help patients in a range of healthcare departments.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
If you’re a Physician’s Assistant student looking to gain practical medical skills and experience in a unique environment, this PA internship is for you!
Interns are paired with experienced medical professionals working in clinics and hospitals in Arusha. You’ll shadow and assist your supervisor to gain first-hand insight into medical techniques, assessments and treatments. Your supervisor will act as a mentor, helping to cement your learning and foster a broader understanding of healthcare. Interns gain a highly realistic understanding of working in the health sector by observing your supervisor in all aspects of their daily work.
Physician’s Assistant interns can gain specialist skills in a range of medical departments, with placements available in units such as:
- Outpatient clinics
- General wards
- Children’s wards
- Medical community outreach
- HIV outpatients
- Mental health services
- Administrative departments
Interns wanting experience in a specific field should include details in your application. These will be accommodated wherever possible, but are subject to availability.
It’s important for medical interns to be prepared for a very different healthcare system than what you may be used to at home. Healthcare in Tanzania can be under-resourced and under-funded, and patients may endure conditions that would be considered rare or unacceptable in your own home country. While you may encounter culture shock , it is important to remain professional and compassionate at all times. You’ll be encouraged to consider your supervisor and in-country coordinator as valuable and knowledgeable resources and mentors. They’re in the best position to provide guidance and local context into the needs and challenges of the local community, and will be happy to support your learning experience throughout this internship abroad.
Due to the unpredictable nature of patient flow in clinics and hospitals, interns should note that the timing of treatments can be irregular. This means that there will be days which are very busy, as well as slower days if patient workload is lighter. Interns should be adaptable, proactive and willing to help where it’s needed. Interns are able to discuss your schedule while in Tanzania, and can pick up extra work where it’s available.
This internship is conducted in English. Some patient interactions may be carried out in local languages, but your supervisor will be available to debrief these sessions in English with you afterwards.
Outside of your internship, you’ll have the opportunity to discover for yourself why Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. The country is well-known for nature and adventure tourism, particularly its incredible safaris and wildlife reserves. People come from all over the world to visit Mount Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, and the golden beaches of Zanzibar. Your in-country internship coordinator will assist you in advance to arrange day trips or longer excursions (such as multi-day safari adventures). If you’re planning your internship in Tanzania, don’t miss the opportunity to schedule an itinerary that incorporates these wonderful, unforgettable attractions.
It is important to be aware that the Tanzanian government requires international interns to make a Ministry of Health contribution to their health/medical placements. The amount of this contribution varies. However, to cover the contribution sufficiently, it’s recommended that interns budget, at most, US$50 per week. All Ministry of Health contributions are made directly, in-country, under the direction and guidance of the Program Coordinator.
Physician’s Assistant interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Shadowing and assisting doctors in routine duties
- Providing clerical support
Professional development opportunities:
- Build your practical knowledge of treatments for a range of medical issues
- Learn about healthcare in an under-resourced environment
- Learn from experienced doctors and medical professionals
- Understand the daily routines of doctors in hospitals and clinics
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Gain practical healthcare skills learning from experienced medical professionals
- Build your medical understanding in specific medical departments of interest to you
- Enjoy spare time in Arusha, go on safari in the Serengeti, and explore world famous natural landscapes
Types of host organizations:
- Medical clinics
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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It is important to note that Medical and Education internship fees in Tanzania do not include Ministry of Health contributions / placement donations. These vary depending on the placement and length of the internship and must be contributed in-country. For more details, contact your Program Manager.