A Projects Abroad Medicine intern listens as a doctor explains the results of an x-ray at a hospital in Vietnam.

Medical Internships in Vietnam

Gain medical work experience by learning directly from skilled doctors in a hospital department of your choice

At a glance

  • Interning in Vietnam will give you an insight into the healthcare challenges developing countries face.
  • You’ll work in a hospital, and see what day-to-day life is like for working doctors.
  • Be prepared to see diseases you’ve only read about or seen in documentaries, and learn how to diagnose and treat them.

Start Dates: 


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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


16 or over
You should have completed at least one year of medical related studies or training.

Is the Medicine internship in Vietnam right for me?

Our medical internship in Vietnam will add plenty of work experience to your resume. This is perfect if you’re planning on studying medicine, or you’re a medical student wanting to experience a hospital environment. It’s also useful for interviews. Talk about what you saw and learned, and the challenges you overcame. This will help give your application an extra edge.

You can also use your medical placement to explore different specializations. Let us know what departments you’re interested in before you go, and we’ll organize it for you.

To do a medical internship in Vietnam, you need to have completed at least one year of medical related studies. The project runs throughout the year. You can join at any time, and stay as long as you like.

A Projects Abroad intern in Asia performs a routine check up on a young local child as part of her Medicine internship in Vietnam.

What do you do on the Medical Internship in Vietnam?

Your role at your medical placement in Vietnam is strictly observational. These are some of the activities you do during your internship:

  • Shadow doctors and nurses on their daily rounds
  • Spend time in one or more hospital departments
  • Shadow doctors who treat autistic children
  • Learn about traditional Vietnamese Medicine
  • Attend medical workshops to share presentations on your hospital experiences

Shadow doctors and nurses on their daily rounds

By following doctors and nurses on their rounds, you will get a deeper insight into how medicine is practiced. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes to learn as much as possible. This will help you expand your practical medical knowledge, beyond what some textbooks can teach you.

Spend time in one or more hospital departments

The hospitals we work with have different departments. Let us know what departments you’re interested in before you go, and we’ll organize it for you. This is a great way to explore specializations you’d like to pursue in your career. Please be aware that you’ll need to let us know in advance if you want to work in multiple departments.

Shadow doctors who treat autistic children

One of our placements specializes in acupuncture. Here, you can see how doctors treat autistic children. The analgesia acupuncture department covers many types of surgery such as neck tumors, breast cancer, liver, urology, and gynecology. If you join this placement, you will develop skills in acupuncture. You can do things like fill syringes with medication, attach electrodes, and more. All of this work is done under strict supervision.

Learn about traditional Vietnamese Medicine

Some of our placements give you the opportunity learn about traditional medicine. Vietnamese traditional medicine is fascinating. We encourage you to learn about it and think about the contrast with modern medicine.

Medical Workshops

Once a month we organize medical workshops at our office. This gives you the chance to learn from traditional doctors, guest speakers, and other medical professionals. We also run medical research sessions for you to present on your experiences and watch other interns present. Here you can also train for outreach events and create handouts for the local community.

Types of placements on the Medical Internship in Vietnam

In Vietnam, you join specific hospital departments. These include:

  • Surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Acupuncture
  • Urology
  • Gynecology
  • Trauma
  • Emergency
  • Neurology
  • Traditional Medicine 

Please be aware that you’ll need to let us know in advance if you want to work in multiple departments during your internship. Feel free to contact us and we can help advise you.

Local staff with a Projects Abroad intern at the end of his medical placement in Vietnam.

Where you work on the Medical Internship in Vietnam


You’ll work at a hospital in Hanoi. You’ll find that the standard of hospitals here is fairly similar to those back home.

Hanoi is a large, modern city and Vietnam’s capital. You’ll navigate your way through thousands of motorcycles, Vietnam’s primary mode of transport for most people. Follow the delicious smells coming from street food vendors at nearly every corner. Enjoy lunches of spring rolls and Vietnam’s famous pho, a noodle dish with rice, broth, herbs, and chicken or beef.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Vietnam Arrival Procedures page.

A typical day on the Medicine internship in Vietnam

Your work will take place during weekdays, and work hours vary depending on where you are placed.

Most mornings start at about 8am. You’ll spend the first half of your day shadowing doctors on their rounds and observing what they do. You’ll break for lunch between 11am and 2pm. After lunch, you’ll return for the next shift and work from 2pm to 4.30pm. Mornings are generally busier than afternoons, as most patients are treated in the morning. Be prepared to have a busy start to each day!

Attend our medical workshops once a month to learn from traditional doctors, guest speakers, and other medical professionals. We also run medical research sessions for you to give presentations on your hospital experiences and listen to other interns. You can also use these sessions to train for outreach events and to create handouts for the local community.

Your weekends will be free for you to explore. Visit spectacular landmarks attractions such as Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also visit ancient temples, shop till you drop at night markets, drink endless cups of Vietnamese coffee, and sing your heart out at karaoke bars.

A Projects Abroad male intern is seen assisting a local doctor with examining a child whilst he is on his medical internship in Vietnam.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this internship is to help you get medical work experience in Vietnam and expand your practical medical knowledge.

In addition, you’ll also get involved in medical outreach work. You’ll work in rural areas where regular access to healthcare is limited. You’ll help provide medical care in schools, care centers, and villages, and also raise awareness about healthcare issues facing Vietnam.

We have set the following goals for this project through our Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan:

  • Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
  • Improve the quality of healthcare provided to patients
  • Improve the quality of specialized or alternative healthcare provided
  • Improve hygiene standards
  • Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
Female Projects Abroad intern can be seen playing with a young disabled boy during her medical internship in Vietnam, Asia.

Professional volunteers and medical practicums for students

This project is also ideally suited to professionals interested in using their skills to help, as well as university medical and healthcare practicum students.

As a professional, you can be sure we'll match your training and expertise to the placement where you're needed most. With your support, we can make an even bigger impact on the local communities we work with.

If you're a practicum student, we'll organize a practicum placement where you can learn as much as possible. We want you gain the knowledge and skills that will begin to shape your professional career.

Contact us so we can help organize a specific placement for you.

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring our impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay in shared accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns while in Vietnam. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your program fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation

Leisure activities and free time

Vietnam offers a mix of bustling cities and picturesque countrysides. With so many different activities and tourist sites, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to spend your free time.

For a glimpse into the country’s history, you can spend an afternoon exploring the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also a major historic site, located in Hanoi.

If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs, there are many markets with locally made products on sale. Evenings in Hanoi are filled with excitement and bright, colourful lights. You can watch street performers and then head to a nearby restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.

The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital.

We run many different projects in Vietnam, so there will likely be other volunteers in-country with you. This makes travelling as a group easy to arrange. However, you’re welcome to explore independently if you prefer. 

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 619 320 2424 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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