WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS RADIOLOGY INTERNSHIP WITH WORK THE WORLD?
A radiology internship abroad is a hospital placement you can undertake in a low-resource radiology department in the developing world (we cater to radiotherapists too).
You’ll see just how different a healthcare system abroad can be from your own, while getting experience with practices and conditions you’ve never seen.
We have many radiology internship programs available for you to choose from. You pick which destination you want to travel to and let us know your clinical interests. We’ll then completely customize your radiology internship program to suit you.
You’ll help scan for and diagnose unfamiliar conditions, learn techniques like developing X-rays on film, and see how sociocultural factors affect the manner in which local staff go about their practice.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Our volunteering internships are designed to set you (and your resumé) apart from the large number of radiology students graduating yearly.
On one of our internship programs, 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
Your hospital placement runs Monday to Friday. That means you have plenty of free time during evenings and weekends to explore an amazing country you might not have the chance to visit again.
Who are we?
We're Work the World — experts in planning, customizing, and building internships for radiology students. Since our founding in 2005, we've created internships for over 18,000 students from more than 400 universities globally.
Our personalised, end-to-end service includes:
Internship customization (choose your destination and areas of clinical interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation
Internships start every Sunday, all year round —perfect for spring and summer internships. Internship durations start from one week and run up to 12 weeks
For more detail about how our service works click here.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
As long as you have started your professional radiology or radiology technician degree program 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 in a low-resource hospital setting under the supervision of local qualified professionals.
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.
Ghana - Takoradi
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Takoradi is a bustling city perched on Africa’s West Coast. Long stretches of golden beach are peppered with old colonial forts, perfect for culture buffs and sun-seekers alike. In your free time, take a dip in a jungle waterfall, sleep in the canopy in a tree house, and go on safari.
Choose a Radiology Internship here and you could help to provide diagnostic services for departments like A&E, as well as small clinics in surrounding rural villages. The large scope of patients will open your eyes the range of advanced pathologies typical to Ghana. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.
Sri Lanka - Kandy
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You can expect to have a varied and interesting placement in our partner hospital in Kandy. The hospital is relatively well equipped, so you’ll have the chance to get to grips with a range of technologies — CT scans and angiograms, MRI scanning, mammography, digital subtraction angiography, and radio-opaque substance investigations like barium swallows and enemas. You could even get access to operating theatres, a catheterization lab, and a lithotripsy unit, accompanied by a local radiographer.
Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
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Dar es Salaam is one of Tanzania’s largest cities, yet is encircled by natural beauty. From Dar you can organize trips to see wildlife like lions, elephants, and zebra on safari, boat over to the tropical shores of Zanzibar island, and even tackle the climb up Kilimanjaro.
Demonstrate enthusiasm on a Radiology Internship here and you could have the opportunity to assist with cases like fractures, road traffic accidents, and burns. Diagnosing a range of HIV related chest infections will highlight the impact of the virus on a low-resource healthcare system such as this. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Dar es Salaam.
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.
We’re fortunate enough to be partnered with a university teaching hospital in Hue, Vietnam. You’ll get a breadth of experience both scanning and assisting in the interpretation of imagery. Local staff do an incredible job despite a considerable lack of funding and thus a lack of modern equipment. This will help you develop a new level of adaptability, something that will serve you over the course of your career as radiographer. If you're looking for a radiology internship in Asia, Vietnam offers amazing experiences.
Nepal - Kathmandu
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There’s never a dull moment in Kathmandu. Mischievous monkeys roam rooftops, monks speed through winding streets on motorbikes, and the smells of tasty local treats have a constant presence. Further afield, try paragliding, leap from the world’s tallest bungee jump, and trek through the Himalayas.
On a Radiology Internship here you could be assisting in a busy department, learning how local specialists get by using dated equipment. Many cases are referred here from surrounding rural areas, making for a range of unfamiliar cases you could be helping to diagnose and treat. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.
Philippines - Iloilo
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Iloilo is a melting pot of traditional Filipino culture and modern Western influence. Vibrant street festivals, bars, and local markets are set against awe-inspiring tropical landscapes.
On a Radiology Internship here you could gain experience with diagnostic medical imaging tools to diagnose things like pulmonary tuberculosis, and trauma related cases. Display skill and enthusiasm and you could even get involved in inserting IV lines, performing fluoroscopic procedures, and injecting contrast dyes. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo.
"Even ‘disposable’ equipment was sometimes reused from patient to patient"
Jack Bailey, Bradford University 2022Read more
"The opportunity to travel around Vietnam was a great addition to my elective placement."
Alice Weaver, Keele University 2019Read more
"Local staff taught me about their exposure techniques and why they use a higher kVp."
Tunmise Eso, University of Hertfordshire 2019Read more
"The operation of the department was very efficient despite the limited services available."
Jonathan Small, University of Cumbria 2019Read more
"Travelling by myself was a lot less difficult than I thought it would be."
Celyn Thomas, University of the West of England 2018Read more