Whether you are studying public health, pre-medicine or dentistry, this is an incredible opportunity to gain professional work experience within South Africa’s health care system. As an intern in this programme, you will be working alongside trained and skilled healthcare professionals at one of Cape Town’s township public health projects or community medical clinics. This is your chance to make a difference to the disadvantaged and vulnerable communities of Cape Town’s townships.
Healthcare And Medical Internship Cape Town
Cape Town Healthcare Internship Projects
For those seeking an internship placement working in the field of healthcare, there are a number of possibilities in the Cape Town area.
Cape Town is a large and bustling city. With a population estimated at approximately 3,5 million people in 2007, Cape Town’s public health projects and community clinics have a busy time serving the needs of this constantly growing population. Depending on your area of focus within healthcare (e.g., public health, pre-medicine, dentistry), we will place you at the appropriate health project. You will get the opportunity to interact with patients and experienced healthcare professionals. Previous interns have worked alongside a nurse, doctor, social worker, dentist or public health professional and are well utilized!
Below is a list of possible placement sites, please note however that each internship is individually tailored, based on your internship questionnaire, your background and experience, and what you are looking to gain from the placement. The below is merely an example of possible placement sites, and there is no guarantee this is where you will be placed.
Placement Spotlight – Mothers2Mothers
Mothers2Mothers is an NGO that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an effective and sustainable model of care that supports mother and child health. The organization’s mission is to help eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV through an effective, sustainable model of care that relies on trained local women who provide education and support for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV.
Three main goals drive mothers2mothers’ work and are critical to achieving its mission:
•Preventing babies from contracting HIV through mother-to-child transmission
•Keeping mothers with HIV, and their babies, healthy
•Empowering mothers living with HIV, thereby enabling them to fight stigma in their communities and to live positive and productive lives
As an intern at Mothers2Mothers, you will work along side fieldworkers and conduct regular home visits within the local community. You will meet with, and support, HIV-positive women who require counseling. Mothers2mothers trains and employs new mothers living with HIV to provide education and support to women just like themselves. These Mentor Mothers work alongside doctors and nurses to serve the needs of pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV, helping to fill the gaps in critically understaffed health systems. As an intern in this environment, you will serve on the front lines of South Africa’s massive public health effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This internship is an incredible opportunity for a candidate with an interest in public health or medicine.
Placement Spotlight – Ikamva Labantu
Ikamva Labantu is a non-profit organization based in Cape Town that focuses on providing the following services within South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities: health interventions at the primary level; education & skills development; food security & enterprise development; and building community infrastructure, including securing land and buildings.
Ikamva is an umbrella organization with a network of over 1,000 projects working with and assisting various sectors of the population in South Africa — including children, youth, families, mothers, seniors, and those physically challenged. The organization works directly through local communities so they can become self-sufficient and sustainable, so during your internship, you will have meaningful and sustained interaction with some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable inhabitants, including children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, abuse, crime, poverty, and more; child-headed households; elderly-headed households; youth and teenagers; families made vulnerable by disease, poverty, and violence; and more.
Ikamva employs social workers, child psychologists and counselors, occupational therapists, nurses, and more – and as an intern you will be supervised by both the Development Manager as well as the Consultant Social Worker on site at Ikamva Labantu.
You will be involved in a range of projects during your internship, and these projects will take you both into the office as well as into the townships in Cape Town, where you will accompany a member of staff.
Your responsibilities may include:
•Research, writing, and advocacy
•Assisting with the development of multi-purpose development relief centers in disadvantaged communities around Cape Town
•Assisting with the provision of services related to the care of orphans and vulnerable children, primary health care and psycho-social support
•Access and improvement to land and buildings
•Early childhood development training
•Counseling and career guidance for youth
Placement Spotlight – Imizamo Yethu Community Health Clinic
Imizamo Yethu (IY) is a vibrant township located in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Like most townships in Cape Town, IY has a unique ‘vibe’ which is especially noticeable by visitors from outside. A spirit of caring and friendliness (‘ubuntu’ as it is known in Xhosa) pervades the township. This same feeling of friendliness can also be experienced at the IY Community Health Clinic located near the entrance to the township. As an intern at the IY Clinic, you will work with the wonderful, dedicated and experienced medical staff there. They will help you learn exactly what it means to provide medical services to sick patients.
As an intern at IY, you will work as a doctor’s assistant, nursing assistant, and/or administrative assistant. You will be able to shadow experienced medical professionals at a clinic that sees a large volume of patients on any given day. You will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the clinic’s operations while observing nurses and doctors treating patients. On some days you will also get the opportunity to visit patients at their homes in the community. The clinic treats a number of patients with HIV / AIDS and they come in regularly to collect their medication. The staff at IY will make you feel at home and part of the family. Overall, this is an excellent internship opportunity for an intern with an interest in attending medical school.
WHY PAY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
Our professional internship placements can ensure your internship experience is individually tailored, to suit your specific background and experience, and what you are hoping to take away from this invaluable experience. There are a number of different reasons to invest money in an international Internship:
1.Gain invaluable experience, giving you an advantage over your peers on the job market
2.Prospective employers value international work experience, and also consider well travelled candidates to have ‘life’ experience
3.With our Professional Internship Programmes in Cape Town, we individually tailor each internship, ensuring you receive the best possible placement based on your requirements
4.We are in partnership with dozens of reputable organizations in the Cape Town area, and liaise with them on your behalf to secure a hand-picked placement.
5.We invest in our applicants, and review all required application materials carefully, before proceeding with securing your internship site.
6.You will be guided by professional mentors throughout your placement, and also receive 24 hour emergency assistance and support from your Internship Coordinator
7.Take part in CV/Resume building workshops included in your placement fee
8.Make friends for life with other international interns on the programme
9.Boost your professional stature while exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
You can join our Internship programmes for between 4 and 12 weeks, with longer placements available depending on the circumstances.
There are no specific start dates and Internship placements will commence around your travel dates, adding great flexibility for you and your studies. We do advise Interns arrive at thier placement on the 1st or 16th of any month.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
What will I be doing?
Gaining professional work experience in a real life healthcare environment and work alongside trained medical specialists in township community health clinics.
- Real world experience working alongside South African healthcare professionals.
- The opportunity to make a real difference and give back to the community you serve.
- Participate in the effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
- Gain a firsthand insight into the way the South African health care system works.
- Gain invaluable experience prior to further study in medicine and/or public health.
- Working outside of your cultural context with people from different backgrounds
- Enhancing your CV with an international internship.
- Becoming well-versed in Cape Town’s cosmopolitan culture and spectacular geography.
- An opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Project Cost Includes
- All transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport upon arrival and departure
- Internship placement
- Comprehensive orientation programme
- Weekly Xhosa language lessons
- Weekly activities and excursions
- Weekly football matches
- CV Building workshops
- 24 hour emergency support
Project Cost Excludes
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing (work and other)
- Return flights to Cape Town International Airport
- Transport to and from your internship placement
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement (charged out at cost).
- Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary
- Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which is expected to include cover for repatriation.
- A ZAR2000 refundable deposit for accommodation damages, payable on arrival for your internship, should you select our program housing option
- Electricity of approximately ZAR150 per month, should you select our housing option
Candidates for this internship should have Previous experience in: public health, medicine, nursing, or dentistry. Or already be studying or intend to study in a related field.
Upon your arrival into Cape Town you will be collected at the airport by one of our project facilitators and transferred to your accommodation. You will then take part in a two-day extensive orientation programme. During these 2 days you will be familiarised with the requirements of your internship site and learn how to maximise your time during your stay. During orientation you will also have discussions on history, local politics and geography. The facilitators will give you lots of practical information on living in Cape Town, including a review on emergency procedures, and detailed information on health, well-being and safety issues. You will then have a tour of the city and the public transportation methods to help you familiarise yourself with your surroundings.
Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of our experienced internship coordinators. They are part of our greater African Impact support team, which will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.