Health and Medical Internships
(including Volunteer Work)
APHA is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials. APHA's mission is to improve the public's health and to achieve equity in health status in the United States. APHA offers unpaid internships in several departments to undergraduate and graduate university students.
Human Resources / Internship
The American Red Cross is part of an international movement whose mission is to help those who suffer without discrimination and thus contribute to peace in the world. The American Red Cross offers paid and unpaid internships through its summer internship program. Undergraduate and graduate students participating in the internship program are involved in professional projects, assignments and activities during their tenure with an assigned staff person.
American Red Cross National Headquarters
Phone: (202) 303-4498
CIDA is Canada's lead agency for development assistance. CIDA's International Youth Internship Program gives young Canadian postsecondary graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge, gain international work experience and develop skills in various sectors. Interns are placed with Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and host organizations in developing countries.
Canadian International Development Agency
Phone: (819) 997-5006
The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) is a non-governmental organization that works domestically and internationally to reduce global health inequities and strengthen health systems. CSIH manages internships in developing countries.
CSIH International Internships Program
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is one of the world's leading independent international medical relief organizations, working in close to 60 countries with operational centres and national offices in 19 countries. MSF recruits medical, administrative and logistical support personnel to provide medical care to people in crisis. MSF also has staff, interns and volunteers to help with the general operation of its offices. The MSF office in the United States offers paid internships in New York. MSF Canada accepts a number of office volunteers and unpaid office interns in Toronto.
Médecins Sans Frontières USA
Médecins Sans Frontières Canada
Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is a joint initiative of Laurentian University and Lakehead University. Its summer program gives priority to health professional students of any school in Ontario who come from Northern Ontario. Non-northern learners are considered based on space allowances. The program provides paid jobs for four to eight weeks in healthcare settings across Northern Ontario.
NOSM Summer Studentship Program
Oxfam is a confederation of 15 organizations working together in approximately 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Oxfam undertakes long-term development, emergency work, research and campaigns. Oxfam International provides internships on a volunteer basis at its headquarters in Oxford, UK. Oxfam Canada also offers volunteer internships in its Canadian offices.
Oxfam International Secretariat
National Office Oxfam Canada
PAHO is an international public health agency with the goal to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and is part of the United Nations system. PAHO's technical units (and occasionally its administrative offices) provide volunteer internships to university students. Internships are normally for a specific period of time ranging from six weeks to three months.
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
Phone: (202) 974-3000
UNICEF is a United Nations organization that works all over the world to save, protect and enhance the lives of children. Its internship program offers graduate and post-graduate students the opportunity to acquire direct practical experience in UNICEF's work under the direct supervision of experienced staff at UNICEF's headquarters in New York or at country offices. The internships are on a volunteer basis and last for six to 16 weeks.
WFPHA is an international, non-governmental organization bringing health workers throughout the world together for professional exchange, collaboration and action. WFPHA offers volunteer internships to graduate students interested in international public health issues. Interns work at the WFPHA Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The internships are available year-round and can last three to four months, an academic semester or a full year; for non-EU citizens, the maximum allowance could be of 90 days, as per law. No work visa or job opportunities can be offered.
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. WHO's internship program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of the World Health Organization. Internships are available on a volunteer basis at the WHO headquarters in Geneva and at some regional offices. Interns must be enrolled in a degree program in a graduate school, and must possess a first degree in a public health, medical or social field related to the technical work of WHO, or a degree in a management-related or administrative field. Internships have a duration of six weeks to three months.
World Health Organization
Phone: + 41 22 791 21 11
YCI is a non-profit youth development and educational institution with the mission to build the skills, experience and confidence of young people to effect positive change in their communities. YCI involves Canadian youth in hands-on projects in developing countries to address local development issues. Participation is on a volunteer basis and participants are required to raise funds to help cover the costs of projects.
Youth Challenge International
Phone: (416) 504-3370