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

Medical Work Experience Abroad

Get healthcare work experience that will give you a competitive edge in your medical career

A Medicine & Healthcare Internship with Projects Abroad will help you get the real-world work experience you need to excel in a medical career.

This is what you can expect from our medical internships abroad:  

  • Work in professional clinical environments like hospitals and clinics
  • Shadow experienced doctors and nurses
  • Get a deeper understanding of global healthcare issues
  • Learn essential medical skills, like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar
  • Help deliver basic healthcare services during community outreaches

Important update for university Elective students

Over the last few weeks we’ve been contacted by more and more people studying healthcare-related subjects at university.  They have to complete Elective placements in order to graduate, but are struggling to get them arranged in the UK.

Our industry-leading Elective placements are up and running in the developing world. As soon as UK travel restrictions end, we’ll be able to place you in a hospital or clinic to complete your Elective.

We’re also offering a student discount to help make things more affordable for you.

If you or someone you know need an organised Medical Elective placement, check out the options here.  We’ll be on hand to complete any paperwork needed by your university, and can offer advice on the most suitable option.

Options for medical projects

You can choose from a range of specialisms for your global medical project, such as:

Our healthcare placements are flexible and safe. Projects can be adjusted to your level of experience, making them ideal for pre-meds aiming for a medical degree, and students looking to do a medical elective abroad. We also have projects for teenagers interested in medical work experience.

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Suitable for Elective Students
Local medical staff with a group of Projects Abroad Medicine interns doing work experience placements in Tanzania.
Medicine Internship in Tanzania
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
  • From £1,565
Suitable for Elective Students
A female intern from Projects Abroad is pictured treating a child using a stethoscope on her nursing intership in Nepal.
Nursing Internship in Nepal
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
  • From £1,140
Suitable for Elective Students
A Physiotherapy intern works with a young patient at a rehabilitation centre in Cambodia.
Physiotherapy Internship in Cambodia
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  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
  • From £1,290
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How to get medical work experience abroad

Our medical placements abroad are open to people aged 16 and over. To join a medical project, all you need to do is check that you meet the requirements, and fill in the application form. Our Project Experts are here to assist if you need help finding healthcare work experience that best meets your needs and goals.

You may be thinking “I want to study medicine, but is it the right decision for me?” If you tick one or more of these boxes, then the answer is yes! A Projects Abroad internship lets you:

  • Add pre-medical work experience to your CV
  • Shadow doctors and nurses so you can see what their day-to-day life is really like
  • Take part in an ethical medical volunteering project where you can really help people

Having this kind of international experience will strengthen your CV and give you great discussion points in interviews and essays. It can also help you decide if you want to pursue a medical degree.

You can also join if you have medicine work experience under your belt, and want to do something different to further your career.

Not 100% convinced this is for you? Here are other options that may interest you:

See a full list of our internships abroad.

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

Can I get work experience in a hospital?

Yes! Through our medical internships abroad, you can spend time in clinical environments at any of our hospital work experience placements.  

The hospital departments you shadow in - like Paediatrics or Surgery - depend on the placement and what country you go to. To find the project that has all the departments you want to gain experience in, speak to our Project Experts.

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.

The amount of hands-on work can vary between destinations, and we ensure that you learn essential skills wherever you go. Due to ethical standards, we cannot allow our interns to be directly involved in surgery; however, certain destinations may have more opportunities to view surgery than others. If you’re interested in performing certain tasks or observing specific procedures, please reach out to our Project Experts to discuss your options!

What Summer Medical Internships are available for pre-med and medical students?

We can organise summer medical internships for UK students for as little as one week, accommodating even the busiest student. So even if you only have limited time over the summer, you can travel throughout June, July, and August. We’re entirely flexible, and you can choose when to start and end your trip.  

Whether you’re interested in pre-med projects, or someone interested in giving back as a medical volunteer abroad, we have something for you. For example, practice your suturing skills at our Medicine Internship in Tanzania. Or, learn to treat and dress chronic wounds at a leprosy camp through our Public Health Internship in Ghana.

What will I gain from a medical placement abroad?

Our medical volunteer opportunities give you skills that prepare you for your next stage of education and career.

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

  • Soft skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management
  • More in-depth medical work experience than you might get in your home country. Concerned about how much you can benefit from your project if you don’t have previous medical experience? Read our blog about volunteering abroad without experience  
  • 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.

Why do Medical Internships matter?

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

How are our Medicine & Healthcare Internships different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your medical internship is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Here are just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other internships:

Recording our work in a secure database

We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have, including medical projects. 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 medical placements, 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.

Next Steps

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

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

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