Two high school students spend time with doctors at a hospital during their medical internship abroad in Kenya.

Medical Internships Abroad for High School Students

ORGANIZED VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE YOU WITH COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS SKILLS

We understand that getting clinical experience as a high school student can be extremely difficult. We offer young people like you a safe, guided experience into the world of medicine through our High School Special programs.

Our summer medical internships for high school students focus on experiential education, so you learn by doing. You can expect to:   

  • Shadow doctors and other medical professionals in busy hospitals and clinics

  • Attend medical workshops and seminars

  • Get an insight into the healthcare challenges people face everyday

  • Participate in community healthcare outreaches that serve people in need

  • Learn essential medical skills like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels

You’ll be part of an ethical medical volunteer program that benefits local communities. Furthermore, you’ll actively demonstrate your commitment to healthcare and helping people, which will help your college or medical school application stand out from the crowd!

“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, but hands-on experience in the US is hard to come by. So when I heard about Projects Abroad, I was ecstatic. I love travelling and experiencing new cultures, and Ghana seemed like a great place to do just that.” - Medicine High School Special in Ghana by Victoria G

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A workshop on suturing during our Medicine internship for teenagers in Argentina.

From $3,070 USD

Medicine Internships in Argentina for Teenagers
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Travel to South America with a group your age and learn directly from doctors, while also studying Spanish

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A high school student takes a child's blood sugar measure on our medical internship in Peru

From $2,970 USD

Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
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Learn directly from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches with a group your age.

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal

From $2,170 USD

Medical Internships in Nepal for Teenagers
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Join a group your age on a medical placement and learn from qualified doctors in local hospitals

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A teenager measures blood pressure during our medical internship in Ghana

From $3,270 USD

Medical Internships in Ghana for Teenagers
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Join other teenagers as you learn from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A doctor explains how to take healthcare measures on our medical internship for high school students in Tanzania

From $2,970 USD

Medical Internship for High School Students in Tanzania
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Gain valuable medical experience learning from professional doctors and nurses in vibrant Tanzania

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
An intern working with a patient on our medical internship for teenagers in Kenya

From $2,970 USD

Medical Internships for Teenagers in Kenya
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Learn directly from doctors and nurses and do health checks in disadvantaged communities

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A young girl has her blood pressure taken on Projects Abroad's medical internship for high school students in Sri Lanka

From $2,770 USD

Medical Internship for Teenagers in Sri Lanka
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Spend your summer learning directly from doctors and doing health checks during medical outreaches

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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
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How old do you have to be to be an intern at a hospital?

Our hospital volunteer opportunities for high school students are open to people between the ages of 15-18.

High School Specials are designed specifically for young people by our qualified staff, and all activities are age-appropriate and safe. In addition, we ask all students to follow our code of conduct for medical volunteering. This policy helps us ensure that our programs are ethical, and that we really help the local people we work with.

Interested in learning more about our programs’ work? Read our blog that tells you all you need to know about medical internships for high school students.

A high school student checks a child’s blood pressure and gains clinical experience at her medical program in Peru.

What kind of medical internship can I do as a student?

For high school students interested in medicine, we have two kinds of volunteer opportunities in the summer:

  • Medicine High School Specials

  • Public Health High School Specials

Medicine

Medicine High School Specials mainly focus on clinical experience. Here are the program highlights:

  • Observe doctors in different hospital departments, like General Medicine or Pediatrics

  • The departments you work with vary between destinations. For example, in Mongolia, you can spend time working with an ambulance unit. In Tanzania, you may view surgery!

  • As many of you already know, treatment is just one of many aspects involved in healthcare. So you also focus on preventative care through outreach and education. This element is not only deeply rewarding, but crucial to providing communities with effective healthcare

This program is like a pre-med internship, which makes it ideal for young people interested in becoming doctors and nurses. It may also help inform your decision that a medical career is right for you.  

We also offer medical projects for high school students in Argentina where you can experience Spanish immersion. When you’re not shadowing doctors or working at an outreach, you’ll have regular Spanish classes. We’ll teach you according to your level, and you’ll learn relevant medical words and phrases to use at your project.   

Public Health

During Public Health High School Specials, most of your time will be spent out in the field. Here are the program highlights:

  • Help medical professionals provide healthcare services through community outreaches

  • Assist with education, and help spread awareness around relevant topics. For example, you may educate communities about nutrition in an effort to prevent diabetes

  • Have opportunities to practice healthcare in a clinical setting. We offer this to better inform your approach to preventative care  

Public Health programs are a great option for people interested in Healthcare, Advocacy, and Social Work.

“Before one ENT surgery to repair the eardrum, called a tympanoplasty, the surgeon actually took us through the anatomy of the ear and explained exactly what she was going to do to repair the hole. Going into surgery with this knowledge made the surgery so interesting as I actually knew what was going on and why.” - Medicine High School Special in Mongolia by Kimberley M

Our Project Experts would be happy to discuss these options in order to determine the program that best meets your needs and goals. Please reach out by email or phone to speak with a representative today!

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