During outreach work in Sri Lanka, a public health intern takes a woman’s blood pressure reading.

Public Health Internships Abroad

Gain relevant work experience by participating in medical outreaches and educational campaigns

A Public Health internship abroad is a way for you to support community healthcare and gain practical experience at the same time. You’ll deepen your understanding of local healthcare practices, as well as broader medical issues, while actively helping others. 


You can complete your international health internship in local clinics, community centres, or schools. You’ll get involved by doing health checks and educational talks during community outreaches in disadvantaged, rural areas. In some cases, you’ll do home visits.


Our Public Health opportunities abroad allow you to develop your medical skills and expand your knowledge. This is excellent preparation for the next stage of your education and career. It’s a great addition to your CV and will help your job or study applications stand out.

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Students lead a health campaign on obesity as part of their Projects Abroad Public Health work for teenagers in Belize.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Belize

From £1820

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Intern in Belize and work with teenagers your age to do health checks and raise awareness of diseases

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Interns learn how to take people’s blood pressure readings as part of Public Health work for teenagers in Cambodia.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Cambodia

From £1695

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Work with a group your age and get healthcare experience by doing health checks in disadvantaged communities

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Students take part in a training activity at their Public Health placement for teenagers in Mexico.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Mexico

From £1695

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Learn directly from healthcare professionals and do health checks and raise awareness of disease in local communities

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
On the Projects Abroad Public Health Internship for teenagers in Tanzania, Projects Abroad staff and students run an outreach for locals.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Tanzania

From £1695

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Get hands-on medical experience while helping to provide basic healthcare to remote communities

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
As part of the Projects Abroad Public Health Internship for teenagers in the Philippines, student assists a local doctor during a medical outreach.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in the Philippines

From £1695

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Work with teenagers your age and do basic medical checks and raise awareness about disease in local communities

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Assist local doctors and gain valuable public health work experience with Projects Abroad whilst on a Public Health internship in Belize.
Public Health Internship in Belize

From £1765

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Gain practical healthcare experience conducting basic medical checks in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A female intern is pictured taking part in testing blood sugar levels whilst on her public health internship in Cambodia.
Public Health Internship in Cambodia

From £1120

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Gain practical healthcare experience and help improve the overall health of people in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
Intern from Projects Abroad enhancing her work experience skills whilst on her public health internship in Ghana.
Public Health Internship in Ghana

From £1520

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Conduct health checks and raise awareness about disease in disadvantaged communities

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
A photo of internship students from Projects Abroad handing out posters to raise awareness during their public health work experience in Madagascar.
Public Health Internship in Madagascar

From £1520

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Gain practical healthcare experience and learn from professionals while living in Madagascar

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 1 week
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Public Health intern talking to her patient during a community outreach.

Is a Public Health internship abroad right for me?

If you’re looking to gain hands-on public health work experience and learn more about local and global health issues, then these internships are ideal for you. We have options to suit a range of skills levels, whether you’re just starting out, or wanting to further your career and broaden your horizons.


Many of our interns don’t have previous experience in their chosen field, so you can start at a level you’re comfortable with. During your time abroad, you will be well supported by your local colleagues, as well as our Projects Abroad staff. As you work on outreaches and support local communities, you’ll be learning and working under the supervision of medical professionals.


If you’re a student needing to complete an elective module, take a look at our range of Medical Electives. If you’re interested in working in a more clinical setting, then perhaps our Medicine or Nursing internships would suit you better. See our full range of projects for internships abroad.

What will I gain from a Public Health internship abroad?

Our Public Health opportunities abroad are a fantastic way to prepare for the next stage of your education and career. You’ll gain invaluable work experience and boost your CV, in addition to future job or study applications.


Previous interns have also described the following benefits:


  • Developing soft skills such as teamwork, communication, resilience, leadership, time-management, organisation, and planning
  • Experience with diseases and conditions that might not exist in your home country
  • Increased self-confidence as you push past your comfort zone
  • The ability to empathise and work with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • A more in-depth internship experience than you might receive back home


Public health work abroad is a wonderful way for you to develop both personally and professionally. It will give you a deeper insight into the healthcare challenges people face everyday.  

Children listen to a public health lesson on healthy living.

How are Projects Abroad’s international health 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.

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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