A nursing internship abroad is a voluntary healthcare placement undertaken in a busy yet low-resource hospital in the developing world.

Our internships are of an educational nature. They are the perfect complement to your nursing studies and will boost your future career. Gain insight into global health out in the field. See a completely different healthcare system from what you’re used to, and get experience with practises and conditions you won’t have seen before.

You can choose which departments you want to get experience in. Whether your focus is adult, pediatrics, mental health or otherwise, you can totally customize your nursing student internship.

While nursing abroad you’ll encounter fascinating cases (like tropical infectious diseases), see how sociocultural issues impact the delivery of care, and get real-life insight into global health.

If you’re interested in spending time in laboring wards, NICUs, and pre and postnatal departments we can create a specialised internship for you. Visit our midwifery page.


Our nursing opportunities abroad are designed to make you (and your resumé) stand out from the huge numbers of nursing students who graduate yearly. With us, you’ll:

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

Our placements run Monday through Friday. That frees up your evenings and weekends to explore the travel opportunities in whichever country you choose.


We're Work the World — The experts in planning, customizing, and building volunteer nursing internships abroad. We started in 2005. Since then, we’ve created internships for 15,000+ students (mostly nursing majors) from 400+ universities around the world.

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

A customized internship in departments of your choice | Comprehensive pre-trip preparation | Private, catered accommodation | 24/7 in-country support

Arrivals are every Sunday, all year round. Durations are from one week upward.

To find out about how our service works, click here.


Whether you're training as an RN, an LPN or similar, as long as you have started on a professional nursing degree you are eligible.

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


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.


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.


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.


Indonesia - Yogyakarta
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Nurses in Indonesia face several challenges, the patient to nurse ratio being one of them. In the USA, we have around 150 nurses per 10,000 people, whereas in Indonesia there are roughly 13 per 10,000. This makes it harder for local nurses to manage conditions like tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases, which (while in decline) are still prevalent in Indonesia. At our partner hospital, you’ll see the incredible work local nurses are doing to make up the shortfall. You’ll also see how a sudden change in diet and an increase in tobacco usage has led to an explosion of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases among the local population.

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 insight into the provision of healthcare in Mexico under the supervision of local nurses in a modern, high tech government hospital. Contrasting the hospital’s contemporary aesthetic, most patients will be from poorer backgrounds. Many patients present severe cases having endured a long and sometimes complicated referral process. In another hospital, you could gain experience with patients presenting tropical diseases like dengue fever, Chagas disease, and West Nile virus. You can now also get experience in a specialist psychiatric hospital so inquire now for more information.

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.


In Hue, we’re partnered with a well-respected university teaching hospital. This allows you to get outstanding clinical experience. In low-resource departments like the ED, paediatrics, psychiatry, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gastrointestinal endoscopy, and oncology. You can even learn about the use of Vietnamese traditional medicine as a complement to the more contemporary practices you’re used to. If you're after a nursing internship in Asia, this placement needs to be on your shortlist.

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.


On this nursing internship in africa, you can get experience in four specialist centers: The adult, pediatric, mother and newborn, and cancer and diseases hospitals. There’s great flexibility built into our internships, so you could spend time in all centers should you choose. On one of our placements, you'll get experience with conditions like glaucoma, clubfoot, malnutrition, HIV, pediatric nursing more broadly, and cervical cancer — one of the most prevalent life-threatening conditions among women in Zambia.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest
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Built on the banks of the mighty Mekong river, the city of Phnom Penh is a hub of contrasts where urban marketplaces sit beside temples shrouded in reverent silence. Outside the city, explore Cambodia’s tropical coastlines and venture into humid jungles where you can find leopards and sun bears.


On a Nursing Internship here you could assist in the diagnosis and treatment of tropical infectious diseases like malaria, HIV, TB, and influenza. Additionally, patients will present conditions at stages more advanced than you’re used to. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

Monk in Angkor Wat Cambodia. Ta Prohm Khmer ancient Buddhist temple in jungle forest

Philippines - Iloilo
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If you want sun, sea and an exceptional nursing internship, Iloilo might be for you. From scruba diving to whale watching, and from island hopping to bar hopping there’s something for everyone.


Show enthusiasm in the hospital and you could gain experience in subspecialties like Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Dermatology, and Toxicology. Time on placement in the busy Animal Bites Clinic will give you the chance to gain experience with cases typical to Iloilo the villages that surround it. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.


Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu is a maze of ornate temples, free-roaming monkeys, and motorbike-riding monks. Here you can go paragliding, bungee jumping, and whitewater rafting in the surrounding mountains and rivers.


On your Nursing Internship here you could spend time across departments like Mental Health, OBG, and Paediatrics. Community outreach will give you the chance to encounter cases specific to Nepal, and the creative clinical solutions of local healthcare professionals. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.


Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara has everything you could want. Thrill-seekers — try your hand at paragliding and white-water rafting. Prefer a slower pace? Explore the city’s ornate temples and tranquil lakes.


Bring enthusiasm to your Nursing Internship and you could assist in the treatment of leprosy, pneumonia, and respiratory infections. You’ll also come to understand how different a nurse’s role is Nepal. Bedside care is carried out by family members, meaning Nurses are free to help with more clinical demands. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Pokhara.


Sri Lanka - Kandy
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Kandy is home to some of the friendliest people in the world, is stunningly beautiful, and has a history of healthcare spanning 5000 years. Trek through jungles,  spot elephants, and visit ancient temples still in use today.


In Kandy, you could help to treat tropical diseases like dengue fever, TB and severe cases of malnutrition. Or, if it suits your interests, spend time on the busy OBG Ward to assist in complicated pregnancies and Neonatal Intensive Care. If you're looking for an international nursing internship, Kandy is a top choice. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kandy.


Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi is a stone’s throw from palm-lined beaches, working fishing villages, and bustling food and craft markets. You can go on safari, swim in hidden waterfalls, and sleep in tree houses high up in the jungle canopy.


Ghana offers some of the best nursing experiences you can have abroad. You can spend time in The Reproductive and Child Health Department run by local nurses. The department offers services like family planning, postnatal care, and growth monitoring. Visiting schools to undertake immunizations and hygiene talks could also be an option. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Ghana.


Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is a large and busy city, yet on its doorstep you’ll find stunning African landscapes. Head to Selous Game Park and spot the ‘big five’ on safari, take the boat to Zanzibar island for stunning tropical beaches, and fly up to climb Kilimanjaro if you dare.


On a Nursing Internship here, you could assist in the hospital’s HIV clinic, gaining experience in Paediatric HIV and supporting HIV positive mothers. Time spent on a placement here will highlight the challenges of providing quality care with extremely limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.


"I spent my first week at a government-run hospital that had 350 beds, but 700 patients!"

Levi Orr, Viterbo University 2019

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"One of the most eye-opening experiences was observing a breech birth delivery."

Teresa Lynders, University of Connecticut 2019

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"I used paper provided with sterile gloves because there were no wound care kits available."

Kaylyn Briant, University of Regina 2019

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"I did learn a lot about things that are not as common in the US, like HIV and malnourishment."

Nicole Iacullo, Pennsylvania State University 2019

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"The cultural diversity was an eye-opener, not only in healthcare but also in daily living ."

Denise Zernell, 2019

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What is a nursing internship?

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

What do nurse interns do?

Nurse interns on a Work the World placement will get experience in a low-resource hospital overseas, rotating through departments they choose. The benefits of this include:

  • Expanding your clinical knowledge and skill set
  • Becoming more confident, independent and resourceful
  • Making your resume stand out
  • Doing some proper traveling
  • Building your professional network
  • Sharpening your language and communication skills
  • Renewing your perspective on the American healthcare system