WHY GO OVERSEAS

A medical internship abroad presents rare opportunities that you just can’t get at home. In new clinical environments, you’ll see how local staff cope with limited resources when treating advanced conditions, some of which you probably won’t have seen at home. Overseas clinical experience really is the best way to advance both your professional and personal development.

Over the past decade, we’ve tailored thousands of internships. We have close partnerships with hospitals and clinics worldwide, which allow us to customize every aspect of your experience. You’ll also get structured supervision as a result of the strong relationships we’ve built. Experienced in-country teams oversee the logistics of all our medical internships, providing 24/7 support. Our teams also run the private, catered accommodation you’ll stay in, monitoring your experience throughout.

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HOW IT WORKS

We know everything there is to know about tailoring overseas clinical internships. Our experts will help you make an informed decision about which destination is best for you, then we’ll personalize your placement in line with what you’re interested in experiencing. Our expert team will help you customize every detail down to the departments you want to see — from anaesthesiology to rehabilitative medicine and beyond.

The amount of behind the scenes legwork that goes into each internship is enormous. You can stay up to date with each step of the process with MyTrip — our online placement planner. The interactive timeline contains personalized details about every aspect of your trip and a wealth of information about the destination you’ve chosen.

ACCOMMODATION AND TEAM

Our in-country team will collect you from the airport and accompany you to the Work the World house. When you’ve arrived, you’ll get a complete welcome briefing, and we’ll take you on a local orientation and a hospital introduction trip before your placement officially starts.

 

Our houses are private and spacious. Students and professionals from a range of disciplines all live together, giving the houses a social atmosphere. There are plenty of weekend travel opportunities to take advantage of with all the new friends you make. Your dedicated program team are always on hand to provide support 24 hours a day, and other members of staff include the in-house chef, the housekeeper and a teacher who runs language lessons twice-per-week.

IN THE HOSPITAL 

The day before your placement officially starts, the team will take you to the hospital, showing you the best route to take, and will introduce you to your supervisors. The relationships we have with our hospital partners allow you to encounter unusual and often advanced medical conditions, diverse cultural attitudes towards healthcare provision, and even some unfamiliar clinical practices. We want your placement  to meet your expectations consistently, so our in-country teams review your experience in real-time. Placements run Monday to Friday, which means your evenings and weekends are free to explore and travel.

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DESTINATIONS

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.

 

Gain new insights in a contemporary, highly specialist hospital treating patients presenting advanced cases — many needing complex treatments such as open-heart surgery and even neurosurgery. You’ll also get unfettered access to the hospital’s technologically advanced theatre simulation room. After this, going on to treat tropical communicable diseases like chikungunya, and Chagas disease in a different, low-resource hospital offers an enlightening contrast.

Vietnam - Hue
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A bustling hub of Southeast Asian culture and popular with backpackers. Busy markets, popular bars and delicious street food across the city. Nearby, find tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas.

 

The institution we’ve partnered with in Hue is a big university teaching hospital. This allows you to gain experience across a wide range of specialisms. These include oncology, reproductive endocrinology, gastrointestinal endoscopy and even traditional Vietnamese medicine.

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 hospital we’re partnered with is actually five hospitals under one roof. These are the Adult, Pediatric, Mother and Newborn, Eye, and Cancer and Diseases Hospitals. With flexibility built into all our placements, you can gain experience rotating through any number of these departments, working with everything from multidrug resistant patients to severe spinal injuries and beyond.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, is one of Southeast Asia’s most intoxicating cities, brimming with timeworn temple ruins, mouthwatering street food, and chanting monks clad in colorful robes. After sun-down, the city comes alive with dazzling nightlife, and restaurants spill out onto busy streets.

 

On a Medical Internship here you’ll develop your skills in a range of departments, encountering tropical infectious diseases like malaria, HIV, TB, and influenza. Furthermore, patients are likely to present conditions at stages much more advanced than you’ve seen before. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh

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Peru - Arequipa
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Peru is rich in natural beauty and ancient culture. Trek to the remains of Machu Picchu, explore the Amazon jungle, and join colourful local festivals when you’re off the wards.

 

On a Medical Internship here, you could assist with cases like arsenic poisoning, as well as conditions unique to South America, like Chagas disease. In the second largest Oncology Department in Southern Peru, you could work with Radiotherapy, Brachytherapy, and Chemotherapy, treating cancers uncommon in the Western World. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is the perfect place if tropical beaches and clear blue seas float your boat. Discover vibrant marine life, join in on local festivals, and visit local bars and restaurants after hours.

 

A proactive attitude on your Medical Internship will open doors to increased patient interaction, where you could assist in examining diseases like malaria and dengue fever. The high-sugar Filipino diet means cases of hypertension and cardiac arrest are commonplace. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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The winding streets of Nepal’s energetic capital, Kathmandu, play host to street markets, free-roaming monkeys, ancient Buddhist temples, and buzzing nightlife. What’s more, adventure activities like paragliding, white water rafting, and bungee jumping are all close by.

 

On your Medical Internship you’ll have the chance to assist in a range of specialisms like Biochemistry, Psychiatry, Forensic Medicine, Microbiology, and Cardiothoracics. Proactivity will open doors to get involved in daily lectures and community-based programmes. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Nepal - Pokhara
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You’ll find the charming city of Pokhara in the lush, green foothills of the Himalayas. This proximity to nature gives you the chance to try paragliding, spot elephants on a jungle safari, discover time-worn temples, or go trekking through the snow-capped mountains.

 

Show initiative on your Medical Internship and you could assist with unfamiliar conditions like leprosy, worm infestations, and snake bites. A spell in the area’s only NICU will highlight the impact Nepal’s low-resource healthcare system has on local people’s lives. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, and is home to temples, delicious food, and 5000 years of tradition. You’ll find adventure nearby — trek through jungles, go on safari, and try watersports off the coast.

 

On your Medical Internship you’ll gain insight into how tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever are handled by local professionals. Working in the Renal Transplant Unit, which performs 80% of all kidney transplants in the country, will highlight the challenges of working with limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura is peppered with ancient stupas, temples, and sacred palaces, making it one of our most culturally rich destinations. Restaurants, bars, and markets can also be found in the appropriately named New Town. Further afield, try safari, relax on golden beaches, and explore vast tea plantations.

 

On a Medical Internship here, you’ll work in a teaching hospital across departments like ICU and Neurosurgery. Discovering how local professionals deal with advanced stage cancers and cardiovascular diseases will highlight the challenges faced by this developing healthcare system. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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The energetic city of Dar es Salaam is encompassed by natural beauty — think views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, safaris, and the nearby island of Zanzibar, which boasts some of the world’s best beaches.

 

On your Medical Internship you’ll assist in busy departments like Infectious Diseases and Emergency Medicine, where you’ll encounter advanced cases like dengue fever, malaria, HIV, and cholera. Time in the Psychiatric Ward’s secure wing will give invaluable insight into African approaches to mental health. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi isn’t your typical African city. It’s surrounded by fishing villages, thriving jungles, and African plains where familiar African wildlife can be spotted on safari. The town itself is a melting-pot of bustling markets, bars, and restaurants.

 

Local specialists keen to share their intimate knowledge of Ghanaian healthcare will open doors to top departments on your Medical Internship—A&E, Female Surgical, and NICU to name a few. Assisting in the hospital’s HIV clinic will highlight the challenges of providing adequate care with limited drugs and technologies. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Tanzania - Arusha
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Arusha is a backpacker’s paradise brimming with adventure. Go on safari, climb a dormant volcano, visit craft markets, and dine in traditional African restaurants.

 

Demonstrate initiative on your Medical Internship and opportunities to work with advanced stage HIV, hypertension, pneumonia and malaria—amongst many other unfamiliar diseases—will present themselves. You’ll also have the chance to witness surgeries in theatre, making for a unique insight into Africa’s low-resource healthcare system. Read stories from those who've travelled with us to Arusha.

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"My trip to Kathmandu was an amazing experience. I developed as a person and as a future doctor."

Annefleur Mauritz, 2017

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"My guidance would be: don’t be afraid to get stuck in and do stuff!"

Josie Walshaw, Hull York Medical School 2017

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"Put yourself forward, build relationships with your supervisors and you will get so much more out of your placement. "

Kaylee van de Par, Maastricht University 2017

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Thymen Houwen

"These experiences will be beneficial for your personal and working life forever!"

Thymen Houwen, 2017

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Katherine Hughes

"I loved experiencing a new and vibrant culture in a beautiful country that is so different to mine and meeting so many wonderful people".

Kathryn Hughes, Cardiff University 2017

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What is a Medical Internship?

Medical Internships are overseas placements Medical Students undertake to boost their skills and make them more attractive to employers—Work the World tailors structured, supervised Medical Internships in destinations across Africa, Asia and Latin America.