Public Health Internships

The fight for the right to live a healthy live.

Preventing illness and injury – instead of curing them – is at the heart of public health programs. Our public health internships are one of the best ways to get involved in meaningful and effective work abroad. And since the best public health internships are centred on following best practice in the field, you will gain essential practical experience to supplement your future career.


You don’t need to be a medical professional to make a contribution. While our public health internships abroad are aimed at making all types of healthcare more accessible and sustainable, they don’t allow you to get involved in any medical procedures or diagnostic work, as per our stance on ethical public health volunteering. By getting involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs abroad, interns play an active role in contributing towards the health and well-being of communities abroad. 

What types of public health program are there?

Because international public health programs have a broad focus – which includes social services, nutritional services and even alternative-income opportunities – there are many ways to get involved if you want to make a positive contribution to global public health efforts. This may mean developing and facilitating health workshops, assisting with the management of a community food garden, or even adding to environmental conservation efforts that have a positive impact on the health and well-being of the local community. 

Our internships in public health cover every area of care with programs focusing on:

  • community health and well-being
  • childhood and adult education
  • women’s empowerment.

Because we’re focused on being a part of sustainable global solutions, our organisation no longer provides public health internship positions at orphanages. Instead, we work closely with the local community and partner organisations and get involved in the types of projects that make the biggest sustainable impact. Each of these opportunities gives you a solid foundation in the field of public health while allowing you to take on the tasks you’re most interested in on a day-to-day basis.

How a public health internship can benefit you

What makes international public health internships the best choice for any budding public health employee? Well, the best public health internships provide a platform where skills development is inseparable from a meaningful experience abroad.

While lectures and at-home experiences can give you a glimpse into public health programs, a public health internship abroad takes skills development to the next level. International public health internships will get you involved in relevant efforts on the ground that are guaranteed to build on your professional development and improve your employability in the field. 

And, as a British Standards 8848 compliant provider, GVI offers public health programs abroad that factor business best practices into every public health internship.

Our programs

Community Development Internship in Ghana
Global Health Internship in South Africa
Research Fellowship
Early Childhood Development Research Fellowship in Fiji
Research Fellowship
Global Health Research Fellowship in Thailand
Gender Equality Internship in Nepal
Gender Equality and Health Education Internship in Ghana
Community Development Internship in Cambodia
Research Fellowship
Education Research Fellowship in Cambodia
Global Health Internship in Nepal
Women’s Empowerment Internship in Nepal
Women’s Empowerment Internship in South Africa
International Development Internship in Nepal
Professional Apprenticeship
International Development Apprenticeship in Fiji
Community Development Internship in Fiji
Professional Apprenticeship
Community Development Professional Apprenticeship in Cambodia
Global Health Internship in Thailand
Global Health Internship in Fiji
Included in your program, at no extra cost

Make the most of our unique programs with these exclusively curated local adventure and wellness experiences.

Offered once a month, expand your adventure with GVI Experiences. These are just some of the activities offered on your program!
Learn to cook Costa Rican food
Visit a botanical garden
Summit Irazu Volcano
Enjoy a Costa Rican breakfast
Experience Costa Rican culture
Practise a yoga class
Hike through a rainforest to a waterfall
White-water raft down the Pacuare River
Types of internships

How can I take part in an internship abroad?

Gaining work experience is a top priority for anyone signing up to take part in an internship abroad. But, growing your employment potential doesn’t have to mean scrambling for just any opportunity out there – why not find your perfect fit?

If you’re passionate about building a career in sustainability and social impact, our internship programs are the perfect match. While our volunteer programs offer valuable training and development opportunities, GVI internships are specifically designed to equip you with new skills that directly align with your professional goals. When it comes to GVI community development internships, you have two options to choose from: an international internship abroad or a virtual internship. 

The international internship allows you to travel to diverse communities worldwide, contributing to sustainable development projects while gaining invaluable work experience. You’ll immerse yourself in new cultures, work alongside experts and engage in a wide range of community projects. 

If travelling isn’t feasible for you, our virtual internships provide the opportunity to work remotely on real-world projects. You’ll still receive practical experience, a certificate endorsed by the University of Richmond, and a professional recommendation from your mentor. Virtual internships offer flexibility, cost-saving benefits, and the chance to develop online communication and remote working skills. 

No matter your internship type, you’ll be guaranteed the following on your program: 

  • Comprehensive support before, during and after your program, including our group support call before your program, and access to our alumni services.
  • Enrolment into three University of Richmond endorsed courses, including our leadership course, community development specialisation course, and careers in sustainable development course.
  • Pre-program training with our GVI around the world presentation, which’ll show you how your program fits into global efforts.
  • Support from a remote supervisor.
  • Two career mentoring sessions with a career advisor after your program.

Where can I get involved in a public health internship abroad?

Public health internships in Asia

Asia is home to the world’s fastest growing population and offers some of the most impactful internships in public health that will add to your professional development in a big way. 

Engage in international public health internships in Cambodia

As apparent as the ruins studding the outskirts of the city of Siem Reap, Cambodia, are the public health programs making an impact in the day-to-day lives of this Asian community. Here, public health programs are focused on teaching and education, marketing and communication, as well as health-specific education and health research

Take part in public health internships abroad in Thailand

Put your public health knowledge into practise along the edge of the Andaman sea while interning in Phang Nga. Facilitate workshops and activities that promote good health, nutrition, hygiene, sanitation and exercise amongst community members young and old.  

Make an impact on a public health internship in Nepal

In the city of Pokhara, where the forested terrain is punctuated with temples and shrines, our public health programs follow the lead of the local community. Here public health interns get stuck into existing sustainable community development projects, and get to plan, implement and adapt their own health-focused activities too. You could also contribute towards women’s empowerment and childhood development projects, and build on the community’s capacity to ensure their own health and well-being.  

International public health internships in Africa

As a continent facing some of the biggest global public health challenges – like the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) – many African people require ongoing health intervention. Public health efforts can have a far-reaching effect in Africa, where gaining access to quality healthcare can be a challenge in itself.

Participate in public health internships abroad in South Africa

As important to Cape Town as its flat-topped Table Mountain is its culture of sport. From soccer and cricket to swimming and sprinting, many South Africans are passionate about working up a sweat. You could experience this side of South Africa by facilitating sports lessons with school children in areas where a lack of facilities or equipment can make it challenging to participate in sports activities. And, if you’re looking for something less physical, a public health internship in women’s empowerment can have you adding to the well-being of this African community in a big way too. 

Contribute towards a public health program in Ghana

In the city of Accra internships in public health are set alongside the sea, and look to address the most relevant factors that influence the health and well-being of the local community. By planning and facilitating workshops and activities on gender equality, skills development and other health-related topics, interns assist women and children in improving their health knowledge and implementing aspects of healthy living in their everyday lives. 

Get involved in an internship in public health in Australasia

And if you’d prefer to realise your public health prospects amidst a tropical setting, where palm tree fronds rustle beneath expanses of sky, then our island-based public health internships abroad will probably tickle your fancy.

Island communities face some of the biggest health challenges due to the effects of climate change – like rising sea levels and marine pollution. While these effects have obvious repercussions on the health of the environment, they also significantly affect the health of local people. 

You can make a positive impact in the health and well-being of the community in Dawasamu Fiji by building on sustainable development initiatives – like programs focused on fresh water management, environmental monitoring and mapping and health awareness. Work towards providing women with equal opportunities to achieve and maintain good health by facilitating income-generation opportunities and health education workshops. Or, assist healthcare workers in promoting disease-prevention awareness and hygiene practises amongst the local community.


Who are GVI’s partners on a public health internship program?

GVI prides itself on partnering with reputable organisations in every location we work in. These partners align with our ethical commitments and keep sustainability at the centre of their activities. No matter which one of our internships in public health you take part in, you’ll have the opportunity to work with and learn from the best in the business. Find out more about our long list of partner organisations here.

Health and safety

How is health and safety ensured on an internship in public health?

When travelling and working abroad anything could happen, but the best public health internships are set up to ensure your health and safety on base, while working in the community, as well as at your internship placement. 

Our strict Health and Safety policy is regularly reviewed and updated, and all staff and participants undergo comprehensive health and safety training. Our in-country and head office support staff also offer participants assistance throughout every international public health internship, allowing us to prioritise intern health and safety every step of the way.