During outreach work in Sri Lanka, a public health intern takes a woman’s blood pressure reading.

International Public Health Internships

Give back through public health work abroad and get clinical experience to support your education and career

Our internships in Public Health can help you cross two accomplishments off your list. Firstly, you get relevant clinical experience to support your education and career in the United States. Secondly, you give back by bringing crucial healthcare services to developing communities.  

This is how to get experience in Public Health with Projects Abroad:  

  • Work in clinics, community centers, or schools (we also do home visits in some countries)
  • Learn essential medical skills, like how to measure blood pressure and sugar levels
  • Use your clinical skills to conduct basic health checks
  • Raise awareness of disease and other health issues during educational campaigns, like how to prevent the spread of Dengue Fever in the Philippines
  • Get a deeper insight into healthcare practices and challenges in developing countries

All our global health opportunities are safe, supportive, and ethical. Our staff are there when you need them, and all of your work is supervised by a healthcare professional. Best of all, the work you do has long-term benefits for the people you treat! For example, if you do a blood sugar test that leads to a diabetes diagnosis, we refer the patient for further treatment and monitor their progress at future outreaches.

Choose a Public Health Program

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Assist local doctors and gain valuable public health work experience with Projects Abroad whilst on a Public Health internship in Belize.

From $2,770 USD

Public Health Internship in Belize
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Gain practical healthcare experience conducting basic medical checks in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A female intern is pictured taking part in testing blood sugar levels whilst on her public health internship in Cambodia.

From $2,020 USD

Public Health Internship in Cambodia
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Gain practical healthcare experience and help improve the overall health of people in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Intern from Projects Abroad enhancing her work experience skills whilst on her public health internship in Ghana.

From $2,720 USD

Public Health Internship in Ghana
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Conduct health checks and raise awareness about disease in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers checking blood as part of her Spring Break Public Health Project in Belize

From $1,520 USD

Public Health in Belize for Spring Break
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Do Public Health in Belize and perform basic medical checks during your spring break

  • Fixed dates during spring break
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad volunteer doing a basic checkup on man at her Spring Break Public Health placement in Ghana

From $1,520 USD

Public Health in Ghana for Spring Break
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Do basic medical checks for the local community in Ghana on your Spring Break

  • Fixed dates during spring break
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A Projects Abroad volunteer at her Spring Break Public Health placement checking the blood pressure of a local woman

From $1,520 USD

Public Health in Mexico for Spring Break
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Make a difference in Mexico by doing Public Health during your Spring Break

  • Fixed dates during spring break
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Interns learn how to take people’s blood pressure readings as part of Public Health work for teenagers in Cambodia.

From $3,070 USD

Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Cambodia
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Work with a group your age and get healthcare experience by doing health checks in disadvantaged communities

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Students take part in a training activity at their Public Health placement for teenagers in Mexico.

From $3,070 USD

Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Mexico
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Learn directly from healthcare professionals and do health checks and raise awareness of disease in local communities

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Students lead a health campaign on obesity as part of their Projects Abroad Public Health work for teenagers in Belize.

From $3,270 USD

Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Belize
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Intern in Belize and work with teenagers your age to do health checks and raise awareness of diseases

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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How to Gain Experience in Public Health

Our Public Health Projects are a great fit for students, graduates, and professionals. If you don’t have previous experience, we’ll make sure you start at a level you’re comfortable with. You can join if you want to: 

  • Explore the field of public health as a high school student
  • Get hands-on clinical experience on public health opportunities for undergraduates
  • Go into the field and find out if a career in public health is really for you
  • Conduct clinical research abroad as a postgraduate student
  • Use our global health opportunities to broaden your experience as a Public Health professional

Our friendly Project Experts are here to help you select the best Public Health Internship for you, chat to them today!  

No matter where you go as a public health volunteer abroad, you can rely on our staff to be there for you 24/7 whenever you need them. During work hours, you’ll be guided and supervised by medical professionals. If you have questions for them, ask away, and take notes. We encourage you to learn as much as possible on our global health internships! 

Not 100% convinced that a Public Health Internship is a good fit for you? Here are other options for you to look at:

  • General Medicine: clinical experience in medical facilities like hospitals, where you can rotate between departments like Pediatrics and Surgery
  • Nursing: experience what day-to-day life as a nurse is like in developing countries first-hand

See our full range of medical internships abroad.

Public Health intern talking to her patient during a community outreach.

Summer Public Health Internships Abroad

Our programs run throughout the year, so you can easily do a healthcare internship in the summer. On our Flexi Trips, which are perfect as global health internships for undergraduates, you can choose your own travel dates. This means you decide when to arrive and how long your internship will be. On a High School Special, you arrive and leave on set dates, so you’ll always be with a group.  

If you’re organizing an international health summer internship at the last minute, read more about how we facilitate trips on short-notice.

What will I gain from health internships abroad?

Our global health volunteer programs help you prepare for the next stage of your education and career by doing something exciting and completely different. You’ll get invaluable clinical experience for your resume, which will help you stand out from the crowd and drive your professional development. 

You’ll also gain other advantages, such as: 

  • Develop global competencies like teamwork, communication, resilience, leadership, time-management, organization, and planning
  • Observe diseases and conditions that aren’t as common in your home country
  • Increase your self-confidence as you push past your comfort zone
  • Hone your ability to empathize and work with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Experience a more in-depth internship than you might have back home

How are our Public Health internships different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your internship is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Here are a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internship programs:

Recording our work in a secure database

We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our programs have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. It allows us to use data to shape medical outreaches and health awareness programs. We can also monitor individuals we see often, report our results, and collect data for our own global health research. All of this work is guided by our Management Plans.  

Real work with trained professionals

On our internships, you work alongside real healthcare professionals. You’ll observe them in their everyday work and hear more about their experiences. You’re likely to get more insights into the frontline of medical care than in your home country.

A tailored approach

We’re often able to tailor your global health internship abroad to your interests. You can work in more than one department or focus on one particular area, or experience outreach work in the local community.

Children listen to a public health lesson on healthy living.

Our Medicine & Healthcare Policy

We take the safety of our volunteers, interns, and the people they work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put in place a comprehensive Medical Ethics Policy.

Need more help?

Our friendly Project Experts are ready to answer your questions, big or small. 

(+1) 212 244 7234

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