Are you seeking a highly relevant online global experience in the global health field that enables you to develop professional skills and offers you a thorough cultural immersion in a unique international setting? Our Virtual Internships in Global Health enable you to develop and apply your theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement. GEI and Des Moines University have developed a Virtual Global Health Internship course that offers undergraduate and graduate students the unique opportunity to engage in GEI’s social impact projects in Mental Health and Maternal & Newborn Health at our African and Asian campus locations in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Vietnam. Custom placements have flexible dates with flexible duration (minimum 4 weeks).
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural learning.
- Work with multidisciplinary colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Foster your technology and personal skills to work remotely.
- Gain new insight through a unique African or Asian perspective on social impact topics in low- and middle-income countries.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and connect with people from all over the world.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised internship experience. Qualified students are placed with a local host organization in one of the following fields: Mental Health or Maternal & Newborn Health. Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired fields. You will join a multicultural and multidisciplinary team that carries out concrete project and research tasks. We will develop a personalized internship plan together with you and provide you with both an experienced preceptor and a local cultural coordinator. The internship is further enriched with topical introduction modules that focus on key SDGs and their application in Africa and Asia; interdisciplinary workshops on cultural intelligence, storytelling, and career development; rich local and intercultural activities (including engagement with local student peers); and assignments. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Develop an increased level of self-efficacy and competency in a specific career field
- Navigate technology essential for remote working
- Display professional communication through oral and written means in professional settings
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and storytelling.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in any health-related studies. To be eligible to apply for this course, students should be enrolled in a major or minor in public health or a related area in the health sciences, natural sciences or social sciences. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.
To join our remote internship program, students need a computer with reliable internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a camera.
1 credit per 50 hours is available (upon request for extra fees) from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
One of today’s greatest development success stories, Rwanda is Africa’s prime study abroad jewel. The country underwent a breathtaking transformation since the genocide in 1994. A model for poverty reduction and economic growth, it accounts for the highest percentage of women in parliament anywhere in the world. And the streets of its modern green capital Kigali are clean, safe and free of corruption.
The political and economic leader in East Africa, Kenya might still be most well-known internationally for the immense diversity and beauty of its landscapes and wildlife. But that’s only part of the story. In recent years, its capital Nairobi has become an epicenter for innovation. This is best seen by exploring the incredible tech startup scene with its dozens of accelerators, incubators and innovation hubs.
South Africa has emerged from its troubled and turbulent past into a healthy democratic country and the economic powerhouse of the African continent. At the same time, it’s a great place to witness a society going through dynamic changes, as it can still be considered both a developed and an underdeveloped country. South Africans forge a new identity, strongly embracing their unique multicultural character.
The Asian Dragon is undergoing some of the fastest socio-economic changes any country in the world has seen. It is a major development success story with remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of massive political and economic reforms in 1986. But the lure of modern living has a deep impact on the traditional networks of family and community that continue to play a pivotal role in society.
Students can participate in our remote internship programs from anywhere in the world, with flexible hours to fit their schedule.
- Internship placement
- Pre-internship advising, and development of an internship plan and goals
- Project- or research-based work to deepen understanding of topics in social impact and sustainable development
- Virtual interdisciplinary training and cultural activities/immersion
- Facilitated group reflection sessions
- Final presentation, report, and essay to synthesize learning
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey.
Waleed Fatth, a trained pharmacist with a Master’s degree in Public Health, is the global preceptor for our Virtual Global Health internship. He is typically assisted by experienced local university lecturers and instructors. Prior to working with GEI, he supervised the implementation of Infection Prevention and Control protocols in all health facilities of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in Yemen.
(minimum 4 weeks)
Starting at US $795 (4 weeks internship)
- Regular Internship:
– Start dates: Flexible
– Duration: 4 weeks
– Fees: US $795*
- Custom Internship:
– Start dates: Flexible
– Duration: 4-12 weeks
– Fees: US $795 for 4 weeks + US $75 for each additional week*
*credit card processing fee not included
1 credit per 50 hours (Upon request for extra fees)
- Program flyer: PDF download