An internship is an invaluable experience to a student. It provides a chance to:
- learn in the field
- apply what you’ve learned in the classroom
- work with professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and experience
- figure out your strengths and weaknesses
- understand what you really like, and what you really don’t like
- expand your network and future opportunities
- start contributing in a real way
Find some advice about finding internships from Karen Grepin, global health professor and blogger.
Here is a list of formal internships available that global health students might be interested in. Follow the links to the full website for all the details and a full description. Get to know the organizations to see if they align with your values and career goals. And keep checking back because the list will keep growing! Contact Us if you’d like to help and add to our library!
WHO Organization Internship Programme
WHO’s Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO.
Six Weeks to Three Months
Unite For Site Global Health Leadership Internship
The Global Health Leadership Internship provides outstanding undergraduate, public health, medical, and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health delivery programs. You will work from our New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus.
Four to Ten Weeks
Canada Society For International Health
CSIH manages 6 or 7 month paid internships in global health and Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) in developing countries, when funding is available under the government’s Youth Employment Strategy through programs such as the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
At Least Three Months
Canadian Society for International Health Self-Sponsored Internship
CSIH has a program to assist students and recent graduates in need of overseas work experience who able and willing to subsidize their own international travel and internship expenses. Unlike government-sponsored internships, placements under the Global Citizens for Global Health program (GCGH) may be used for university or college credit (subject to the agreement of the participant’s educational institution).
International Youth Internship Program
Interns are recruited by the CPOs to carry out the development-related activities identified in a work plan established by all parties. When interns return to Canada, they take part in outreach activities organized by the CPOs to share their experience and insights on development issues. Canadian partners assist their interns in seeking employment opportunities in their field of study.
McLaughlin Rotman Centre for Global Health Summer Student Program (recently changed name to Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health)
The McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health’s Summer Student Program offers university students a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful, real-life work in the field of global health. Students will gain invaluable work experience while acquiring a deeper knowledge of global health.
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
Child Family Health International (CFHI) is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. We model best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity. Students can be placed internationally through one of the student programs, or work for the organization itself in San Francisco.
Minimum Three Months
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Global Health Corps
Global Health Corps aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. Accepted students work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions. During their fellowship year, fellows make a significant and measurable contribution to the partner organization and the target population.
13 Months (mid July – mid August)
American Public Health Association (APHA)
APHA’s mission is to improve the public’s health and to achieve equity in health status in the United States. APHA offers unpaid internships in several departments to undergraduate and graduate university students. Applications must be submitted by mail
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers paid and unpaid internships through its summer internship program. Undergraduate and graduate students participating in the internship program are involved in professional projects, assignments and activities during their tenure with an assigned staff person.
Oxfam undertakes long-term development, emergency work, research and campaigns. Oxfam International provides internships on a volunteer basis at its headquarters in Oxford, UK. Oxfam Canada also offers volunteer internships in its Canadian offices.
Minimum Three Months
Pan America Health Organization (PAHO)
PAHO is an international public health agency with the goal to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and is part of the United Nations system. PAHO’s technical units (and occasionally its administrative offices) provide volunteer internships to university students.
Six Weeks to Three Months
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
The UNICEF internship program offers graduate and post-graduate students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF’s work under the direct supervision of experienced staff at UNICEF’s headquarters in New York or at country offices. The internships are on a volunteer basis and last for six to 16 weeks.
Six to Sixteen Weeks
World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)
WFPHA is an international, non-governmental organization bringing health workers throughout the world together for professional exchange, collaboration and action. WFPHA offers volunteer internships to graduate students interested in international public health issues. Interns work at the WFPHA Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.
Three to Four Months, or an Entire Year
Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (AIESEC)
Each Year, AIESEC provides over 300 AIESEC Canada members the challenging opportunity to live and work in a foreign country in areas of management, technology, education, and development.
Six to 78 weeks
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
IFAD is a United Nations agency with the goal to empower poor rural people in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security. IFAD offers internships to young university students and graduates. Interns are fully involved in the work program of their division under the supervision of a staff member and may have a chance to visit IFAD-funded projects.
Up to Six Months
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
UNIFEM offers internships to graduate-level students. The internship program is designed to complement women’s development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law. The internships are on a volunteer basis.