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.

Whether you are looking to gain experience shadowing doctors and other healthcare professionals in a clinic or hospital, 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.

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 the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemic in South Africa
  • Shadow and interact with established professionals and gain resume-boosting clinic hours
  • Work directly with 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 daily.

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:

Zach Brieck – Georgia, USA (2019)

Zach joined the VACorps Program in May 2019 and participated in a Medical Internship. "Initially, I was not sure what to expect from Cape Town and I was slightly intimidated to work in Khayelitsha. [...]

Payton Chance – Oklahoma, USA (2019)

Payton joined the VACorps Program in July 2019 and participated in a Medical Internship. "I originally decided to do a medical internship after I graduated from college just to get more experience in the [...]

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Emily Clifton – Georgia, USA (2019)

Emily joined the VACorps Program in May 2019 and participated in a Medical Internship. " I chose Cape Town for the culture difference and the new experiences! I came here alone and I am [...]

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