Project Description

Medical Internships in Cape Town

If you’re considering a career as a nurse, physicians assistant, or doctor, 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 community healthcare clinics or hospitals. 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 and access to primary care. The overall experience will give you first-hand access to South Africa’s public healthcare system and will teach you a wide-range of skills that you’ll carry with you for a lifetime.

Please note that our clinical internships are nearing capacity between the months of May to the end of August of 2018. If you are interested in this internship, please email Thomas directly ( with your goals, interests, and a copy of your resume.

Summer Clinical Program Dates:

May 1 – June 30 (flexible start-date) *FULL!* Please ask about our waitlist

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, paediatrics, or epidemiology, we will place you at a site where you will receive an experience that is relevant to your professional objectives.

Our public health internships are still wide open and offer complete flexibility all throughout the year!

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, ortho, and more!
  • 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 and PA 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.

Highlights from a VACorps medical program 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:

  • Medical Internship in Cape Town

Sarah Hans — Maryland, USA (2017)

I chose Cape Town as the place to intern abroad because I felt as if it could give me a new perspective on healthcare and allow me to do extended hands-on work compared to back [...]

  • Madhavi Public health internship VAC Cape Town

Madhavi Kuthanur – San Jose, California (2017)

Madhavi participated in a Human Rights & Public Health internship in Cape Town, in 2017. "The main reason I chose to intern in Cape Town is that I wanted to learn about how health systems functioned [...]

  • Medicine/ doctor

Paige Daniels – Johnstown, Pennsylvania USA (2017)

"My internship experience helped me grow personally by giving me more patience and teaching me to recognize when to step up and take initiative. There were many times where I had to speak up to [...]

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