Summer Internships in South Africa

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Hospital Medicine and Infectious Disease Internships in South Africa

Durban, South Africa

Arrive Date:  August 8, 2020    End Date:  September 12, 2020

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.

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 missionary hospital that provides services and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients, and work 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 through clinical rotations at a state-of-the-art, comprehensive care center for people affected by HIV/AIDS. This NGO offers ARV’s psycho-social support, substance abuse program, nutrition education, and meal services.

See On Site for more information about Clinical Rotations. Program provided by Child Family Health International (CFHI), a NGO recognized by the United Nations.

Orientation Week Sample Schedule

  • Tour of clinics and hospitals where students will be rotating
  • Double-decker Durban city tour visit to Valley of a Thousand Hills, includes a visit to a traditional Zulu village where students can witness traditional Zulu dance and learn more about ancient rites
  • Full day Safari
  • Cat Rehab Center: An up close and personal tour to learn more about South Africa’s endangered wildcat species
  • Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise safari in St. Lucia to observe hippos, Nile crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.
  • Umlazi Township: includes a visit to an orphanage that cares for children who lost their parents to HIV/AIDS
  • Orientation dinner

Max Enrollment:  13

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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