Project Description

Medical & Public Health Internships in Cape Town.

If you’re considering a career in healthcare and/or medicine, VACorps offers an excellent selection of medical internships in South Africa. As a medical intern in our program, you will be working alongside qualified 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 public healthcare system.

Please note that our clinical internships are nearing capacity between the months of May to the end of August of 2017. If you are interested in this internship, please email Thomas directly ( with your goals, interests, and a copy of your resume.

Summer Medical Program Dates:

May 1 – June 30 (flexible start-date)

July 1 – August 30 (flexible end-date)

Whether you are looking to gain experience shadowing doctors and other healthcare professionals in one of our rural clinics, or an internship that involves a specialised field such as dentistry, epidemiology, or in a pharmacy, we will place you at a site where you will receive an experience that is relevant to your professional objectives.

Why you should consider one of our healthcare internships in South Africa:

  • Gain familiarity with South Africa’s healthcare system.
  • Gain a unique understanding of HIV/AIDS and TB in South Africa
  • Shadow and interact with established professionals and gain resume-boosting clinic hours
  • Work directly in the communities that you will be serving during your internship experience.
  • Familiarise yourself with various medical procedures and treatments in trauma, infectious disease, maternity, paediatrics, etc.
  • Discover a new culture and the health-related challenges South Africans face.

An international medical internship will greatly enhance your professional resume and many of our alumni have been accepted to medical schools after having completed their internships with VACorps. Visit our testimonials page to learn more about the specific experiences of past healthcare interns.  Contact us today to discover how you can participate in a medical internship in Cape Town that will provide you with an introduction to a unique healthcare system in an African country.

Medical & public health internship highlights from VACorps Alumni”

“Professionally, it was very interesting to explore the South African healthcare system. The Doctor’s bedside manner was very different than in the USA because of the locals general lack of knowledge and health literacy. I became very observant to patient’s reactions and physical cues in regards to pain, which was quite helpful with the language barrier (most patients speak Xhosa). I really saw it all during my time at the clinic. I witnessed victims of community assaults (probably shocked me the most), to casting children’s broken bones, stab wounds, chest tubes, births, and more. I loved how much I was able to see and learn in such a short amount of time and reflecting on it all, I think of so many faces and stories.” —Hannah Sandwith.

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Meet past participants:

  • Connor at Boulder's Beach with African Pegnins

Connor Bondarchuk – Madison, Connecticut USA (2017)

Connor participated in a medical internship in Cape Town with VACorps in 2017. "For as long as I can remember, coming to South Africa has been one of my lifelong dreams. Not only is the [...]

  • Celine Jimenez pharmacy internship testimonial

Celine Jiminez – Winnipeg, Canada (2017)

Celine participated in a pharmacy internship in Cape Town with VACorps in 2017. "I had a great time in South Africa! I had many amazing and memorable experiences from snorkeling with seals, going on safari, [...]

  • Jason Eakes stands atop Table Mountain. He participated in an 8-week medical internship in Cape Town, South Africa with VACorps

Jason Eakes – Plains, Kansas USA (2017)

Jason participated in an 8-week medical internship in Cape Town with VACorps in 2017. "My experience at Site B was crazy in all the best ways. During my time I rotated through trauma, maternity and [...]

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