If you are considering a career in medicine or healthcare, this program offers an excellent selection of medical internships in South Africa. Whether you are looking for a nursing internship or one that involves a specialized field such as dentistry, African Impact will place you at a site where you will receive an experience that is relevant to your professional objectives.
As a medical intern with African Impact, you will be working alongside healthcare professionals at one of Cape Town’s public health projects or community medical clinics. South Africa faces many serious healthcare issues, including high rates of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, especially among women and young children. There is a high demand for healthcare in low-income areas of the city and many public hospitals and clinics lack appropriate funding. The overall experience will give you first-hand access to South Africa’s healthcare system.
Through the healthcare internship in South Africa you will gain a unique understanding of HIV/AIDS and TB, shadow and interact with established professionals, work directly within the communities that you will be serving. Depending upon where you are placed, you may have the opportunity to organize public health campaigns, conduct HIV/AIDS tests, participate in home visits and familiarize yourself with various medical procedures and treatments.
Candidates for this internship in Africa should have previous experience in public health, medicine, nursing, dentistry, or be studying or intend to study in a related field. On arrival you will be given a two-day extensive orientation program. 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. You will receive practical information on living in Cape Town, including a review on emergency procedures, and detailed information on health, well-being, transportation methods and safety issues. Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of our experienced internship coordinators.
An international medical internship will greatly enhance your professional resume as you apply to medical school and embark on various career opportunities.