What is an overseas medical internship WITH WORK THE WORLD?

A medical internship abroad is a clinical placement you undertake in a fast-paced, low-resource hospital in the developing world.

You’ll see a healthcare system totally different from your own, and get experience with conditions and practices you’ve never seen before.

You can choose the departments you want to rotate through — oncology, surgical, pediatrics, the ED…. It’s completely customizable.

You’ll see unfamiliar conditions like tropical diseases, learn how sociocultural issues affect how care is delivered, and get real-life, in-person experience with global health.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A MEDICAL INTERNSHIP ABROAD?

We’ve designed our internships to help you (and your resumé) stand out from the tens of thousands of med students who graduate every year.

On our internships for medical 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 is that your placement runs Monday to Friday. So, your evenings and weekends are free to explore a beautiful country you might never again get the chance to visit.

WHO ARE WE? 

We're Work the World — The experts in planning, customizing, and building medical internships abroad. Founded in 2005, we've built internships for over 13,000 students from 400+ universities worldwide.

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

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

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Arrivals are every Sunday, 52 weeks a year, with durations from one week upwards.

For more detail about how our service works click here.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?

As long as you are a college student enrolled in or have been accepted on a professional medical degree (in medical school) you are eligible.

You can also travel if you are already graduated. However, please note that our placements are educational in their nature and designed to give you experience abroad in a low resource hospital setting under the supervision of local qualified professionals. Read more about our professional placements

STEP 1. SUBMIT AN INQUIRY​​

First, submit an inquiry using the form at the bottom of the page. Tell us where, when and why you want to travel as well as your current level of study.

STEP 2. WE'LL GET IN TOUCH

Next, a member of our consultation team will review your inquiry then call you to discuss your eligibility. They will also answer any questions you may have.

STEP 3. APPROVAL AND CONFIRMATION

Once we have confirmed your eligibility, you need to submit your application form and pay your registration fee. We will then confirm your placement and availability within 48 hours.

DESTINATIONS

Indonesia - Yogyakarta
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On your medical internship in Yogyakarta, you’ll see patients from all walks of life. Healthcare is free for patients with the least money, and others pay a monthly fee. But even for patients who receive free healthcare, getting to hospital is costly, and can mean missing days of paid work. Patients delay treatment because of this expense, so you’ll see a lot of late presentations and severe conditions. Severe conditions and a limitation on resources mean that clinical practices are very different from what you’re used to in the USA.

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. 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.

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 an internship for medical students 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 gain experience with radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and chemotherapy, treating cancers uncommon in more developed countries. If you're looking for a medical internship in South America, click here to read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us.

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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 program 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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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.

 

Our medical internships for international students help 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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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 placement 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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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.

 

To provide medical internships in Asia, we've partnered with an enormous university teaching hospital in the city of Hue. 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, gaining experience with everything from multidrug resistant patients to severe spinal injuries and beyond.

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.

 

This is one of the best medical internships in Nepal. Here, 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.

 

While medical shadowing abroad, you’ll gain insight into how tropical diseases like malaria and dengue fever are handled by local professionals. Spending time in the Renal Transplant Unit, which performs 80% of all kidney transplants in the country, will highlight the challenges of providing care with limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.

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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.

 

Our medical internship opportunities allow you to 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 in the medical field keen to share their intimate knowledge of Ghanaian healthcare will open doors to top departments on this medical internship in Africa — 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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"I would absolutely recommend a medical internship overseas. It is well organized and provides structure and I felt support throughout".

Jenna Adalbert, Thomas Jefferson University 2019

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"A lack of modern technology and a scarcity of resources separated their standard of care from ours."

Hope Bauer, Michigan State University 2018

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"I got an in-depth look at how economic circumstances can affect the quality of surgery for patients in Mexico."

Sophie Hodson, Hull York Medical School 2019

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"Under their supervision, I had the opportunity to examine patients prior to surgery and improve my skills in coming up with differential diagnoses."

Amy Ross, Queen’s University Belfast 2019

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"There were stark differences when it came to confidentiality, privacy and dignity."

Jennifer Pilling, Manchester Metropolitan University 2019

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What is a medical internship?

A medical internship is a clinical rotation medical students can undertake in low-resource hospitals overseas. Every year, more and more medical students are doing their medical internships abroad. To create your own customized medical internship overseas, get in touch with us today.

How old do you have to be for an internship?

You have to be at least 18 years old to undertake a hospital internship with Work the World. Apart from age, you need to be a college student enrolled in or accepted on a professional medical degree.