Students gain medical work experience in Africa by observing a local doctor

Gain Medical Work Experience in Africa

Learn directly from doctors in busy hospitals and clinics and participate in practical outreach work

Travel to Africa on a medical internship abroad and gain the experience you need to kickstart a career in medicine.


You’ll shadow doctors on their rounds in hospitals and clinics, observing as they diagnose and treat patients. They’ll explain different cases and methods of treatment to you. You’ll be able to see diseases and conditions you’ve only read about in textbooks before, like malaria or tuberculosis. This is a great way for you to build your practical medical knowledge. You’ll also observe how doctors and nurses cope with limited resources.


We also run medical outreaches in most of the African countries we work in. This is critical, as many communities don’t have access to the basic healthcare services they need. You’ll get involved with tasks like measuring blood sugar levels and cleaning and bandaging minor wounds.

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An intern on a Dentistry Project in Ghana with local medical staff at a clinic.
Dentistry Internship in Ghana

From $2765

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Gain practical work experience by observing experienced dentists at a teaching hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Dentistry interns pose with a local healthcare staff member during their Dentistry placement in Tanzania.
Dentistry Internship in Tanzania

From $2765

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Learn from experienced dentists and observe complicated dental procedures up-close

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A doctor explains how to take healthcare measures on our medical internship for high school students in Tanzania
Medical Internship for High School Students in Tanzania

From $2970

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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
Projects Abroad male intern waits to examine patients at a medical outreach in Kenya.
Medical Internship in Kenya

From $2765

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Gain medical work experience by learning directly from doctors and doing health checks during outreaches

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern working with a patient on our medical internship for teenagers in Kenya
Medical Internships for Teenagers in Kenya

From $2970

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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
Female Medical intern treats a local woman's finger at a Public Health Outreach programme during her Medical placement in Ghana.
Medical Internships in Ghana

From $2470

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Gain work experience while learning directly from doctors in hospitals and doing health checks

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A teenager measures blood pressure during our medical internship in Ghana
Medical Internships in Ghana for Teenagers

From $3270

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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
Local medical staff with a group of Projects Abroad Medicine interns doing work experience placements in Tanzania.
Medicine Internship in Tanzania

From $2765

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Learn directly from doctors and do health checks during outreaches in this vibrant African country

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
An intern from Projects Abroad is pictured holding a new born baby during her midwifery internship in Ghana.
Midwifery Internship in Ghana

From $2765

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Travel to Africa and observe the work of experienced midwives as they treat expectant mothers in a local hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom medical internship for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers and interns themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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Is a medical internship in Africa right for me?

Whether you’re building your application for medical school, or want to see if a career in medicine is the right choice, we have an internship for you. You can use the medical work experience you gain to boost your resume and give you interesting talking points for job interviews.


We’ve built our medical internships in Africa so that they’re more than just following doctors on their rounds. You’ll learn about the specific healthcare issues that communities are facing, like going to a leprosy camp in Ghana and treating wounds.


At most of our projects, you don’t need experience to join, so we have plenty of options for pre-meds. You’ll work closely with local medical professionals at all times. If you do outreach work, we’ll teach you everything you need to know, and you’ll be supervised. It’s an opportunity for you to learn basic medical skills and demonstrate your commitment to healthcare at the same time. 


You can select from different specialities, like Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Midwifery. In addition, you can often rotate between different departments within your project.


If you’re a high school student looking for medical work experience in Africa, explore our High School Specials

On a medical volunteer opportunity in Africa, a student assists a patient at an outreach

Medical Volunteering in Africa

Our medical internships in Africa are focused on learning, but on many projects you’ll also be able to give back to the community.   


At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Each of our internships is ethical, well-supported, and part of a better future.


We have continuing management plans in place for each Medicine & Healthcare program, and we track our impact through our Global Impact Database. For example, if you help a doctor diagnose a patient with diabetes at an outreach, the process doesn’t stop there. We make sure the patient is referred for further treatment, and we’ll continue to monitor them at future outreaches.


We also use the Global Impact Database to collect data and track healthcare trends in the countries where we work. If we notice that a particular issue is becoming more prominent, we can work with interns like you to address them over the long-term.  


If you’re looking for medical volunteer opportunities in Africa and a shorter alternative to Doctors without Borders, we strongly recommend our Public Health internships. They’re more focused on hands-on outreach work and educational campaigns. We also offer Public Health Team Trips over fixed dates, where you can join a group and work toward a goal together.

Our Medicine & Healthcare Policy

We take your safety - and the safety of the people you work with - very seriously. That’s why we have a comprehensive Medical Ethics Policy in place to guide your work as an intern.

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