A dental internship abroad is a placement undertaken in a low-resource hospital in the developing world.

The healthcare system will seem a complete contrast to your own, and you’ll get experience with both practices and conditions you’re unlikely to have encountered.

You choose which destination you want to go to and which areas you want to experience, from maxillofacial surgery to general oral hygiene. It’s completely customizable.

You’ll see cases of decay advanced well beyond what you’ve seen before. You’ll  learn how sociocultural issues impact patients (oral hygiene is often a secondary concern in our destinations). And you’ll see how local specialists adapt to the challenge of equipment shortages.

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To help you (and your resumé) stand apart from the many dental students graduating every year, we’ve specially designed our internships.

On our internships for dental students, you’ll:

  • Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
  • Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
  • Build your personal and professional network
  • Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Become more attractive to employers

The best part? Placements run Monday to Friday. Evenings and weekends are yours to adventure across a beautiful destination you might never visit again.

Who are we? 

We're Work the World — The experts in planning and building dental internships abroad. We’ve been doing this since 2005, and have built internships for over 13,000 students from more than 400 universities around the world.


We provide a personal, end-to-end service that includes:

Internship customization (choose your destination and areas of clinical interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation


You’ll arrive on a Sunday (we operate 52 weeks a year), with internship durations from two weeks onwards.


For more detail about how our service works click here.

Am I eligible? 

You can go on a dental internship abroad if:

  • You are in dental school undertaking your professional degree
  • You have graduated with a professional dental degree


Step one is to talk to us. Our team of experts are there to answer your questions, helping you choose a destination, and securing your space.

To speak to a member of our team complete the inquiry form at the bottom of the page, or use our live chat during opening hours.

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Mexico - Merida
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Merida is the cultural capital of Mexico with striking colonial architecture, lush central plazas and bustling boulevards. In the evenings, the city transforms with restaurants and bars in full swing. Beyond the city, you’ll dive in beautiful underwater caves or ‘cenotes’, relax on tropical beaches, and visit breathtaking Mayan temples.


A significant number of people in Mexico exhibit signs of periodontal disease — a fact that reflects the limited access the population has to preventative treatments as standard. Procedures like restorations and fillings are of course performed here, but many patients present late, meaning many cases will prove more severe than you’ll be used to at home.

Peru - Arequipa
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Not only is Arequipa rich in history and culture, but it’s also surrounded by some of South America’s most beautiful landscapes. Trek through the Amazon, boat across floating villages, and visit the world famous Machu Picchu.


Unlike some of the other countries we work in, preventative dental care is more and more common in Peru. Some clinics have ultrasound cleaners and X-ray machines, but much of the equipment is outdated compared to what you use back home. You’ll see cases of severe decay, cavities and other advanced oral diseases owing to a high-sugar diet and a lack of education around oral hygiene. Treatment-wise, you’ll see things like fluoridation, prophylaxis, and endodontic and healing treatments too. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.


Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is the bustling capital city of Zambia. While here you can visit any number of the country’s 20 game parks and see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah. You can even canoe along the shore of the great Zambezi river to watch hippos wading. Immersing yourself in the rich local cultures and traditions so ingrained in Zambian tribal culture is a highlight.


The only hospital in the city where patients can receive free or low-cost treatments is the one we’re partnered with. Most standard procedures are performed in the chairs here — restorations and fillings for example — but public information about oral hygiene is lacking. This means you’re more likely to see cases more severe than you’re used to at home. Observing maxillofacial surgeries is also possible here.

Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is home to an ancient culture, ornate temples, and is surrounded by a natural beauty ripe for exploration. Here you can trek through jungles to hidden stupas, leap from the world’s highest bungee platform, and go on elephant safaris.


On a dental internship here you could get involved in everything from routine check-ups to abscess surgeries. Show enthusiasm and opportunities across Maxillofacial, Prosthodontics, and Endodontics could also appear. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.


Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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While Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s second largest city, it happens to be surrounded by game parks, mountains, forests, and warm seas. While here, be sure to go on safari, and stop by the tropical island of Zanzibar for sun, sand, sea, and the occasional beach barbecue.


Oral health issues are commonplace in Tanzania, due to contaminated water and a lack of oral health education. So, on a dental internship here you could be assisting specialists with a range of complex cases relating to oral surgery, pathology and general medicine. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.


Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara encircles an immense green lake, and has everything from ancient temples to reggae bars. At the feet of the Himalayan mountains you can go paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting. Exploring winding market streets will show you another side of the city altogether.


While dental shadowing abroad in Pokhara, you could get insight into how specialists in low resource settings handle maxillofacial trauma, battle gum diseases, and repair cleft palates. You could also be spending time in Dental Radiology, diagnosing range of oral issues. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.


Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy’s ancient culture has left its mark on the city, with time-worn shrines and ornate Buddhist temples lining its streets. The city’s outskirts are also home to wildlife like elephants, jaguars, and leopards, making a jungle safari a must-do.


On your dental internship you could be assisting local specialists in busy departments, witnessing how the lack of resources impacts patient care here. You could also have the chance to see cases of oral cancer, the treatment of which will open your eyes to the developing nature of this field. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.


Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi offers a welcoming West African atmosphere to all. The town is a thriving port community with markets, bars, and restaurants aplenty. The area is also abundant in natural beauty — think safaris, hikes to jungle waterfalls, and trips remote village.


On a dental internship here, you could gain experience with oral conditions uncommon in the developed world. Spend time in the Pediatric Dentistry Department and you’ll come to understand the challenges faced by local professionals when treating conditions like pulpitis, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.


"I saw quite a few cases that I had only learned about in textbooks up until this placement."

Mohamad Abu Sharkh, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry 2018

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"Ghana does have many of the same treatments available as we do at home, but many people cannot afford it."

Tess Everatt, University of Sheffield 2018

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"The resilience of the patients—and the people of Tanzania in general—astounded me."

Tessa Jensen, University of Adelaide 2018

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Swan's Review of his Dental Internship in Nepal

"The experience taught me how to work around limited resources and making the most out of them".

Sawan Tailor, University of Leeds 2014

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Mengzhu's Review of her Dental Internship in Dar es Salaam

I was exposed to more oral surgery at this clinic in ten days than in my entire fourth year at dental school

Mengzhu Wang, Griffith University 2014

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