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Summer Internships in South Africa

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Hospital Medicine and Infectious Disease

Durban, South Africa

  • Dates – TBD
  • Max Enrollment – 10
  • Prerequisites – No
  • Career Area – Global Health

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

Based in Durban, a dynamic metropolitan area of over three-million people, and the heartland of Zulu culture, students will learn about local hospital medicine and infectious disease treatment. Students will join local healthcare teams at a hospital that provides services and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients, and rotate with a large tertiary teaching hospital in the Surgical and Pediatric wards. Program participants learn about medical education in South Africa by working with local medical residents. Additionally, students will learn about the role of local nonprofit organizations.

Program provided by Child Family Health International (CFHI), an NGO recognized by the United Nations.

Program Contacts

Program Highlights

  • Provides firsthand observational clinical rotation experience while being immersed in a local community.
  • Excellent opportunity to hone and apply concepts learned in classrooms in real-world, global contexts.
  • Exciting opportunity to grow professionally and personally.
  • Outstanding résumé line item and interview talking point.
  • Tremendous opportunity to make cultural, professional, and geographic discoveries.

What Students Are Saying

  • "I had an amazing internship experience. I learned so much and met some wonderful people. I felt very supported in Durban. The CFHI coordinators were very involved and approachable, and I know that if I ran into any challenges, they would have been very supportive. The placement process was very easy and went smoothly, as far as I can remember."
  • “The most rewarding aspect of my study abroad experience was the rotations that we went on and the doctors, nurses, and patients we got to meet. The rotations informed what I do and do not want to pursue in my career and life, and I learned so much that classrooms alone could never teach me.”

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