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Medical Electives & Public Health

The health sector is incredibly broad, diverse and ever-changing. Medical and public health internships abroad offer valuable insight into the health industry, and the chance to develop a new perspective. We offer internships with health-related organizations in many different parts of the world, from hospitals in Colombia to nonprofits in Dublin. The professional and personal benefits of interning in another country’s healthcare system are innumerable. These competitive experiences are the perfect way to stand out when applying for top graduate programs and jobs.

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Our international medical internships are offered in Medellin, Colombia, and are exciting, dynamic roles. Interns gain rare and valuable insight into the medical profession abroad. We are committed to ensuring that the future doctors of tomorrow experience the diverse and evolving nature of healthcare in other countries first-hand. Our programs are based on removing all the logistical issues surrounding international medical internships for you. We partner with a hand-picked selection of first-class private and public hospitals.


We have two requirements for medical interns:
Basic Spanish language by the time you start the program. If you don’t have a background in Spanish language, we recommend taking an intensive 2 week+ language course in Colombia immediately before starting your internship.
Minimum of 2 years studying medicine at university and/or clinical experience
If you don't meet these requirements, consider applying for our public health program!

We offer Medical Electives in the following areas:
Accident & Emergency, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clinical Medicine and Psychiatry.

Our public health internships are designed to help you gain practical hands-on experience and a 360-degree view of the healthcare industry. Interns are placed in a variety of roles including research, healthcare policy, fundraising & advocacy, and community outreach. Our partners include a varied selection of NGOs and nonprofits, each with unique specialities and outreach goals. These placements provide a uniquely immersive opportunity for candidates interested learn about certain conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, drug addiction, and sight loss.

We also work with clinical trial administrators and charitable hospital foundations, meaning there is a range of options well-suited to candidates who envision a future in nursing, medical research, public health advocacy, or another healthcare-related sector. A public health internship provides the competitive edge required to be accepted to top positions and medical schools.

Responsibilities may include:
Recording and analysing a patient’s diagnostics
Researching and reporting on clinical studies
Performing lab research
Communicating with patients directly to collect background information (bilingual skills preferred)
Assisting doctors with clinical needs inside the facility

Join our 10,000+ global alumni network

“When I first heard of this opportunity, I was a little hesitant in applying because of certain stereotypes that are associated with Colombia. Now I can very confidently sit here and affirm that none of those stereotypes are true.“

Afshan Akhtar & Fasih Ahmed Aga Khan University

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Applying for The Intern Group will put you in contact with an Admissions Counselor. Through your interview and application, we will learn about your background and future career goals to determine if you are a good candidate for an international internship. If accepted into our program we guarantee you an internship in your approved career field. You will work with our Placement Team throughout the process and get ready to go abroad.

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