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Volunteer Medical Internships Abroad

Join a medical internship abroad and get a step ahead in your medical career
  • Role: Observing local professionals and performing routine tasks in various departments at hospitals, clinics, and community outreach programs.
  • Requirements: None in most cases. Varies by project and destination.
Project Info

Interning on a Medicine & Healthcare Project in a developing country is invaluable preparation for a career in general medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, public health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or nutrition. Our medical internships abroad are built to varying levels of experience, from those with interest before university to medical students. You can choose from a variety of programs which run from one to four weeks or more at any time of the year.

Do a Medical Internship and Set Yourself Apart from the Crowd

A medical internship abroad with us is ideal for those looking to boost their resumes by broadening their clinical, procedural, and cultural skills in a medical environment.

At your placement, you will experience a setting where medical professionals work with limited resources and equipment. Here, you will also be able to observe conditions, illnesses, and different methods of treatment that you would not otherwise see in North America. Many interns also have the opportunity to put their basic medical skills to practice by providing important healthcare services on outreach programs in rural communities.

Answers to key questions about Projects Abroad Medicine Projects

Interning on a Medical Program with Projects Abroad

We will work with you to find a medical internship abroad that suits your level of experience. When you arrive at your destination, we will meet you at the airport and give you a comprehensive induction of your local area, including introducing you to the community where you will be working and the host family you will be living with. Once your placement begins, your designated supervisor and our Medical Coordinator will meet with you regularly. Our staff are available for support 24/7.

Although there are no requirements in most cases, there will be some Medicine & Healthcare programs where a certain level of experience and/or language skills is required in order to join. You can learn more on our Requirements page

Students enrolled in medical school or other health sciences degree programs can choose to do an Elective abroad with Projects Abroad.

We also offer Psychology Projects for students with an interest in the field.

How Medicine & Healthcare Projects Make a Difference

At all of our Medicine & Healthcare Projects, we use a secure and anonymous database to track the medical work that we do throughout the developing world. The database allows staff and volunteers to gather data when we run medical outreaches or health awareness programs, create patient profiles so we can help and monitor individuals who see us regularly, analyze and report our results, and collect research data and publications related to healthcare issues.

All of these factors will help us achieve the long-term goals set out in our Medicine & Healthcare Management Plans. It will also help us improve the healthcare services we provide and better target the work we do on the ground around the world. For example, if we notice that there are high rates of HIV infections in a community, we can focus on running awareness programs that raise awareness of the disease and how it’s transmitted.


Throughout the year Projects Abroad offers free webinars, or virtual open houses, presented by the US and Canadian offices. See when the next Medical & Healthcare Webinar is scheduled.

You can also view a previously recorded Medicine and Healthcare webinar:

Group Medical Internships Abroad for High School Students

For teen volunteers, Medicine & Healthcare Projects are available as Medicine & Healthcare High School Special programs. High School Specials are designed for volunteers aged 16-19 to join a group of their peers working together under the guidance of our local staff.

Volunteering Abroad for Medicine & Healthcare Professionals

If you are a professional and want to put your skills to use on a Medicine & Healthcare Project, Projects Abroad has placements for skilled and qualified volunteers. Our main focus is to match your skills with our partner organizations' needs. Please visit the Medicine & Healthcare Projects for Professionals section for more information.

Custom Group Trips for Students in Medical and Pre-Med Programs

Projects Abroad has a lot of experience working with medical students, pre-meds, ant other health and pre-health students, including organizing group programs for students in the same degree program or university department. We will work with students or department heads to coordinate a program for 5 or more students to gain experience and meet field requirements together on a Custom Group Trip.

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