Interns examine a boy during a health screening outreach on one of our medical placements abroad.

Medical Internships Abroad

Get first-hand medical experience interning in disadvantaged communities.

A Medicine & Healthcare internship with Projects Abroad is a fantastic opportunity to get first-hand experience of global healthcare issues and deepen your understanding of health and medicine.


You can do your medical internship abroad in a hospital, medical centre or in care homes in a huge number of developing countries around the world. You’ll work with local staff to learn new skills while observing trained professionals. You can choose from a range of specialisms, including Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Midwifery, and many more.


If you’re considering a future in this field of work, a Projects Abroad internship will give you the skills and experience you need. You’ll build your confidence and understanding, and make sure that your CV really stands out.

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Female doctors in the Phillipines with their recent medical internship student.

From $3,295 NZD

Medical Internships in the Philippines
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Learn directly from doctors in professional medical settings while experiencing life in the Philippines

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal

From $2,920 NZD

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 holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

From $2,370 NZD

Medical Internship in Nepal
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Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A female intern from Projects Abroad is pictured treating a child using a stethoscope on her nursing intership in Nepal.

From $2,370 NZD

Nursing Internship in Nepal
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Shadow nurses in hospitals or clinics and gain practical work experience during outreach work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad female intern is seen making a child laugh during a routine check up on her nursing work experience in Vietnam.

From $3,690 NZD

Nursing Internships in Vietnam
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Get a headstart with your nursing career by learning directly from nurses in Hanoi

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Students hold up educational posters during their Nutrition internship in Samoa.

From $3,690 NZD

Nutrition Internship in Samoa
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Gain valuable nutrition work experience promoting healthy living alongside qualified healthcare professionals

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
A local dentist treats a patient in Argentina as Projects Abroad dental interns observe for their Dentistry internship

From $3,370 NZD

Dentistry Internship in Argentina
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Gain dental work experience while shadowing and learning directly from dentists at a paediatric hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
An intern on a Dentistry Project in Ghana with local medical staff at a clinic.

From $3,295 NZD

Dentistry Internship in Ghana
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Gain practical work experience by observing experienced dentists at a teaching hospital

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A local child has his teeth checked by a student doing her Dentistry internship in Jamaica.

From $4,115 NZD

Dentistry Internship in Jamaica
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Learn from local professionals and gain international work experience at a dental clinic

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Is a medical placement abroad right for me?

If you want to learn more about health, medicine, and global healthcare issues, these are the internships for you. We have opportunities to suit a wide range of skills levels, whether you are just starting out, or looking to further your career and broaden your horizons.


If you’re thinking about applying for medical school or a healthcare qualification, these internships will help you build a strong CV and perform well in interviews.


While you gain medicine work experience abroad, you’ll be well supported by local experts as well as Projects Abroad staff. Many of our interns don’t have previous experience in their chosen field, so you can start at a level you’re comfortable with. There is also the opportunity to take up volunteering work in the community you’ll be based in, so you can give back while you learn.


If you’re already studying medicine at university, we offer Medical Electives. If you’re interested in a hands-on internship abroad but feel Medicine & Healthcare isn’t the right route for you, you may be interested in our Veterinary Medicine internships or Social Work internships. Read our full list of projects for internships abroad.

A Projects Abroad intern shadowing doctors in a hospital on one of our medical placements abroad.

What will I gain from a medical internship abroad?

Our medical placements abroad give you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career. You’ll also get a unique experience that you can talk about at interviews.


Here are just some of the benefits that our previous interns talk about:


  • Soft skills like: teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management
  • Experience from diseases and challenges you might not face in your home country
  • More in-depth work experience that you might get in your home country
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone

All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.


You can choose to specialise in medical fields such as:


Why does this internship matter?

Gaining medicine work experience abroad will bring you closer to a future working in your chosen field. We’re proud to support future talent who will bring vital skills to communities in need.

How are Projects Abroad’s Medicine & Healthcare 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’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internship programmes:


Recording our work in a secure database


We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects 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 programmes. We can also monitor individuals we see often, report our results, and collect data for research. All of this work is guided by our Management Plans. 


Real work with trained professionals


On our internships, you’ll work alongside real healthcare professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions 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 are often able to tailor your internship 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.

Interns learn how to suture during a workshop as part of a medical internship abroad.

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.

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