Medicine & Healthcare Internship Programmes

Enjoy an incredibly rewarding internship experience in a healthcare setting of your choice. Our medical and public healthcare internships provide you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge, gain exposure to diverse medical cases, learn from highly experienced specialists and contribute tremendously to the Public Health system of South Africa.

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The best Medicine & Healthcare Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best medical internships in Cape Town? We think so. We pride ourselves on delivering customised internship placements and on the ground support that offer life-changing, valuable professional experiences.

In order to pursue any career in the field of healthcare, it is necessary to gain some kind of hands on work experience. However, completing an internship in a healthcare setting in the developing world, is not just beneficial for your career, but can also be a life-changing experience.

The challenges which the healthcare system in South Africa faces on a daily basis provide an unparalleled learning environment for pre-medical students, medical students and qualified professionals.  As in most Government hospitals in the country, the lack of equipment and human resources, along with the high incidence of infectious diseases, means that interns will have the chance to work alongside specialists with very different skills and responsibilities.  Our healthcare programme in Cape Town provides an ideal opportunity to expand your knowledge, immerse yourself in and contribute tremendously to the healthcare system of South Africa.

We have opportunities in a variety of settings: hospitals, community clinics, research establishments, children’s homes, and NGO’s.

These places can accommodate interns who are interested in; clinical observation, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and research.

Read on for a full overview of the best medical internships in Africa.


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Medical & Healthcare Internship Programme Overview

Here's what you can expect from the programme in a nutshell!

Medical Internship Key Skills:

  • Coping skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Technical
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Attention to detail
  • Professionalism

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Gain hands on experience that you would not get in any other healthcare setting in the world.
  • Make a valuable contribution to the amazing work of healthcare professionals in Cape Town and make a difference in the lives of people that need it the most.
  • Boost your CV with international healthcare experience.
  • Gain valuable exposure to and learn from completely different medical cases than you would see in your home country.
  • Gain practical work experience in a range of healthcare settings and explore your strengths and passions.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Proficient in English.
  • Some previous experience working with children or in a medical facility would be beneficial.
  • Self-motivated and compassionate.

Programme highlights:

  • Challenge yourself and improve your self-development.
  • Gain valuable, hands on work experience and expand on your existing skills and knowledge.
  • Work alongside and learn from inspiring professionals in your field.
  • Choose from a range of medical opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Have a life changing experience and assist some of the most vulnerable members of society in South Africa.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa

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Skills you'll hone through your Medical & Healthcare internship

Of course, the list is much longer - but these are the skills our intern alumni reported back that they grew in the most!

Ethical behaviour
Communication
Problem Solving
Attention to detail
Professionalism

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Medical & Healthcare internship programme reviews & ratings

We managed to grab some detailed interviews from previous interns on this programme, you can click on them below.

I was able to put a smile on a sick's child face and that made all the difference. I made connections with these children and could see their face light up every time I stepped into the wards to spend time with them.
Ariana Santos
Undergraduate
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A hypothetical Medical & Healthcare Internship Programme

What might your programme in this career field look like? Here's how it has typically shaped up for our alumni!

Week One

Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.

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Week Two

Get stuck into your medical internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.

Week Three

Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.

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Week Four

Pick up more responsibility in your internship as you prove your capability. Enjoy regular activities in Cape Town outside of work. Come to another social!

Week Five

Now you're flying (metaphorically) at work, you'll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!

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Week Six

Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.

Week Seven

Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).

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Week Eight

Putting the finishing touches to your internship and gathering feedback from us and your internship provider for use in your academic / career portfolio. Finalise paperwork for university (if needed)

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Why others apply for Medical & Healthcare internship programmes

Here's what others said when they applied. Some of these people came just for this career area, some mixed it with other career fields too...

Georgia
United Kingdom
I am an MSc Health Psychology student at UCL. I am currently conducting research regarding COVID-19 with a focus on LMICs as a member of RREAL. I aspire to work for organisations such as MSF, WHO, UK-PHRN, etc. All of which require 1-2 years front-line experience. I have experience working as an advance mental health volunteer in remote areas of Sri Lanka for 2 months and am looking to build on this experience in a way in which would fulfil the criteria of the aforementioned organisations.
Mergan
United Kingdom
l hope to gain experience in planning projects from start to finish, working alongside product managers in creating new products, data analysis and report writing. I am excited about this opportunity as it will aid in cultivating my learning and experience which lead to more opportunities in the future. l also hope to improve and gain high levels of communication, interpersonal, time management and teamwork skills.
Cameron
United States
I hope to learn crucial skills in regard to program development, implementation, and maintenance. I would love to do HIV/AIDS relief work.
Alexis
United States
I hope to achieve the knowledge and experiences that the average classroom cannot give me. The real life experiences will allow me to have close relations with the medical field and children.
Lauren
United Kingdom
I'd like to get an internship in biological research. I have just recently graduated. I'd like to gain more experience and work internationally with different cultures!
Tima
Czech Republic
I hope to gain new and add up to my current knowledge in Medicine by practicing in the hospital.
Zoe
United States
I hope to gain experience working in a clinical setting and getting additional hands on experience. I would like to experience a different culture as well and become exposed to other medical cases than seen in the U.S.
Juliane
Germany
I would love to be a part of the program, because I´d like to experience how people in different countries work and live. It´s a great way to get to know a different culture and meet new people. I lived in the USA and Australia for a year and I learned so many beneficial things. That´s why I´m open to another great experience. I hope to gain more language skills as well.
Yola
United States
I hope to learn more about the health care iniatives put in place in South Africa and be able to apply my knowledge of global health and public policy into brainstorming ways in which it can improve.
Wing
Hong Kong
I am a 2nd year medical student, and I hope to intern in a hospital and expose myself to more specialties e.g. surgeries, OBGYN, paediatrics etc.
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Medical & Healthcare internship programme features

What makes our internship programmes a worthwhile investment? Here's a swift overview of what you can expect!

Choice of two programmes

We have two primary programmes to suit your needs. In some instances we also offer virtual placements.

Unlimited duration as standard

You can come for as long as you need without paying any extra fees.You'll receive the same level of support.

Backed by concrete promises

We are 100% on your side. We guarantee every aspect of your trip with unrivalled promises.

Career
Focus

Need to focus on a precise niche or two? No problem! Your programme can focus on your specialist areas.

Immersive cultural experience

We'll help you engage with the culture and personal benefits of being in a foreign country.

Virtual placements

Save on travel and accommodation costs, pay a far lower fee. All while building your professional network.

Academia friendly

We will handle all aspects of academic accreditation, including direct liaison with your tutors and academic staff.

Future career friendly

We will write full reference letters for your placement(s) to optimise future employers' first impression of you.

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Current Medical & Healthcare Job Openings

Here are some current or recent internship job opportunities in this career area. We do not publish all openings - so please contact us to hear about others.

Clinical Research Assistant

Currently studying or completed a medical related degree. Some previous research experience. Good communication skills.

The Organisation: A research institute and medical facility primarily concerned with the molecular and cellular biology of heart disease. The institute is linked to some of South Africa's leading universities.
Keywords: Public health, Clinical research, Analysis, Clinical observation, Internship

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A straightforward process

We have worked very hard to streamline our process to make your experience easy, fun and highly rewarding personally and professionally. Flick through the steps below, or read about our process in more detail.

Introduce yourself to our friendly team

Getting your dream internship all starts with you saying hello! Just pop your details into our enquiry form and we'll reach out to schedule a conversation with you that we call a 'discovery call'.

Ask questions & learn how we can help

In your discovery call, you can ask us any questions you still have. We'll talk about your options in the career fields you've told us you're interested in to help you imagine your placement and decide if our service is right for you.

Complete your programme application

If everything sounds good to you, complete your application to put into words your dream programme. This forms the basis of the 'design' of your customised placement and will be the primary framework against which we validate potentially suitable opportunities.

We'll source you the best opportunities

We maintain a large and varied network of the best organisations in Cape Town. We will identify the best potential fits for your programme goals and preferences and reach out on your behalf to assess those organisations for suitability (learn about their current projects and initiatives).

Prepare and plan for your experience

Once you've confirmed which placement offer you prefer, we'll start helping you plan the rest of your trip. We'll book your accommodation, help with your travel arrangements and provide extensive advice and information on how to get ready for your time in Cape Town. Your Bridging Gaps mentor will be on hand to make sure you're fully prepared for your placement.

Maximise your experience & learning

Finally, every member of our team will move mountains to make sure you get what you came for and MORE! It's essential to us that you're safe, you're learning and growing in confidence and developing the most important skills for your future career.

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Medical & Healthcare internship programme cost

Our programme fees are shown below, for a full description of our service offering please click to view the programme or a side-to-side comparison.

Bootstrap

£
995
one-off, fixed

Bespoke programme

Backed by 4
concrete promises

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Concierge

£
1495
one-off, fixed

Comprehensive support

Visa & travel assist

Accommodation assistance

Social events & excursions

... and lots more

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Virtual

£
395
one-off, fixed

Tailored Search

Ongoing support
& mentoring

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FAQ
Medicine & Healthcare Internship Programmes FAQs

We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.

Will I get paid for doing a medical internship?

Since South African law prohibits any foreign national doing any form of paid work in the country without a valid working visa, all the opportunities we provide are unpaid.  It is incredibly difficult to obtain a working visa for South Africa because you have to be sponsored by an organisation before you even arrive in the country.

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