Summer Internships in South Africa

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Healthcare Challenges Internships in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive Date:  TBD    End Date:  TBD

Program Overview

The Global Health Summer Abroad Internship program provides students interested in health the opportunity to gain first hand clinical rotation experience while being immersed in a local community.

Cape Town, known as the “mother city” is one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities. It is multicultural and diverse and is the second most populous city in South Africa. This will be the stage for students to experience first-hand some of the daily challenges and current efforts to address health inequities amongst marginalized and underserved communities in both rural and urban settings. Students will spend two weeks working with a local non-profit organization in a rural area outside of Cape Town, learning about community-based health initiatives aimed at farming populations. For the remainder of the program, students will participate in clinical rotations at local hospitals in Cape Town, working alongside local healthcare teams and rotating through a variety of wards, such as emergency, outpatient, and surgery.

See On Site for more information about Clinical Rotations. Program provided by CFHI, a NGO recognized by the United Nations.

Orientation Week Sample Schedule

  • Welcome barbecue (Braai)
  • Orientation Tour Cape Town- Township- District 6 Museum
  • Community Service Project
  • Site visit to local hospitals and meet and greet with preceptors
  • Tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner
  • Visit to Table Mountain
  • Peninsula Tour

Max Enrollment:  15

Taught in:  English (course taught remotely)

Program CoordinatorDana Armstrong


Education Abroad (EAP) 192. Internship (4 units)

University Writing Program (UWP) 198. Writing for Internships: Global Health (2 units)

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