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Community Health Internship at New Ashongman Community Hospital in Accra, Ghana

 

New Ashongman Community Hospital Intern 
Students will intern at the New Ashongman Community Hospital in this new community health internship. The New Ashongman Community Hospital was founded by members of the New Ashongman, Haatso and Atomic Junction Communities in northern Accra. It provides basic health care services, focusing primarily on malaria cases, childhood diseases (e.g., pneumonia, pertussis, measles, dysentery), and maternal health. It has a maternity ward, as well as another ward, though most of its patients are seen on an outpatient basis. It refers most complicated cases to the city’s two major public hospitals—Military 37 and Korle Bu. New Ashongman also has a diabetes/hypertension clinic twice a week for management of these chronic conditions. Its nurses engage in community education on childhood immunizations, family planning, HIV prevention and prevention of chronic diseases. 

Students interested in entering the medical field are encouraged to apply, as well as students with a social science background who are interested in global health, grassroots development, and/or human rights. 

Application Procedure

The application deadline is February 15th. Applicants should apply through TigerNet. There are 1-2 positions available, depending on applicant qualifications.  

Eligibility:

  • Preference given to Sewanee rising juniors and seniors. Qualified graduates may be considered and are encouraged to apply. 
  • GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Knowledge of global health issues (see below)
  • Excellent research and written communication skills
  • Mature and responsible

Qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Basic knowledge about communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and sexually transmitted infections, childhood infections)
  • Basic knowledge about the hypertension and diabetes and factors contributing to the rise of non-communicable diseases in low-income countries
  • Some familiarity with Africa (through personal reading or a class)
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural and economic factors;
  • Overall computer literacy;
  • Good writing, communication and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills;
  • Motivated self-starter and ability to work independently;
  • Cultural sensitivity and willingness to engage with a variety of societal groups from Ministry of Health officials to community members.
  • Maturity, particularly in face of different approaches to health care, gender roles, and family dynamics

In addition, the following skills are not required but are desirable for the internship:

  • Experience with travel/volunteer work in a low-income country or community

Note: All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops. Additionally, students are required to participate in two special sessions for students going to East Africa and Ghana, April 8th and April 15th, 2pm-5pm. Interns will be required to sign a code of professional conduct and a waiver prior to departure to Ghana. Students are expected to share the code of conduct and waiver with their parents and to abide by the code of conduct during their entire stay in Ghana, both during and after work hours. Students must register with the US embassy in Accra via the STEP program. Interns are required to receive all U.S. government-recommended travel vaccinations and acquire and take as directed malaria prophylaxis. Students may be required to cover the cost of their vaccinations, which may be as much as $500. Information on necessary vaccinations and malaria risk and protection can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/uganda

Interns will be based at the New Ashongman Community Hospital in Ghana's capital city, Accra, for 6–8 weeks starting in early-mid May and ending in July. Students are encouraged to apply for a stipend from one of the University internship funds by April 1st to cover the cost of travel to Ghana and expenses while living there. 

Basic information about living and working in Accra, Ghana: English is the language of business in Ghana, so second language skills are not required or necessary. However, in the hospital setting, nurses and physicians may use Twi and Ga with patients. Students are not expected to know these languages, but they should try to learn some basic greetings and they need to be comfortable not always knowing what is being said. (Doctors, nurses and most patients will speak English, though may not always used it as the first language.) During the internship, Sewanee students will live at housing in Accra, most likely at the University of Ghana (which is 20 minutes-1 hour away, depending on traffic). The university has secure housing. Approximate food costs are $10 a day. At the university, there are cheap cafeterias and markets for buying food and necessities. Travel to the worksite is possible through local taxis, Uber, or public transportation

Note that there is some risk associated with living and working in a low income country, and the student and student’s parents should take note of these risks. The University of the South has identified a Ghanaian professional who will check in with the student periodically and be available in case of emergency. 

All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops, in addition to special sessions for students going to East Africa & Ghana on April 8 (2-5 pm) and April 15 (2-5 pm). 

Application requirements:

  • A Resume or CV that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
  • Cover Letter. This letter should be addressed to Alyssa Summers as the faculty coordinator for this internship.  The letter should clearly explain your reasons for pursuing the internship and how you expect your experience to impact your career plans.  Include what you have done in your Sewanee career that supports your overall goals in medicine and interest in pursuing this internship. Please review the CLD guidelines for writing a  cover letter as this is a significant portion of the evaluation for getting this internship. 
  • An Unofficial Transcript (Obtained from the Registrar’s Office – do not wait until the last day to request!)
  • Names of 3 References we can contact.  You should have at least 2 of these 3 references be Sewanee professors.  Please list their names, titles, and contact information on your resume or CV. 

The New Ashongman Community Hospital provides basic health care services, focusing primarily on malaria cases, childhood diseases (e.g., pneumonia, pertussis, measles, dysentery), and maternal health. It has a maternity ward and offers a diabetes/hypertension clinic twice a week. Its nurses engage in community education on childhood immunizations, family planning, HIV prevention and prevention of chronic diseases.

Research, Health Education and Community Health in Kampala, Uganda

 

Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University (MUJHU) Internship
The Makerere University - Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration was founded by clinical researchers interested in finding ways to prevent HIV infection in children and dedicated to improving the health of women, children, and families who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The collaboration started by scientists and clinicians from the US and Uganda has flourished dramatically into a diverse community of talented clinical investigators, scientific researchers and participants.

Students interested in entering the medical field are encouraged to apply, as well as students with a social science background who are interested in global health. 

Application Procedure

The application deadline is February 15th. Applicants should apply through TigerNet. There are 1-2 positions available, depending on applicant qualifications.  

Eligibility:

  • Preference given to Sewanee rising juniors and seniors. Qualified graduates may be considered and are encouraged to apply. 
  • GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Knowledge of global health issues, especially HIV (see below)
  • Excellent research and written communication skills
  • Mature and responsible
  • If requesting placement in clinical research, students should have some experience conducting research projects (lab skills; exposure to research design).

Qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Basic knowledge about HIV and AIDS (as well as Tuberculosis and malaria, which are major coinfections with HIV)
  • Some familiarity with Africa (through personal reading or a class)
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural and economic factors;
  • Overall computer literacy;
  • Good writing, communication and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills;
  • Motivated self-starter and ability to work independently;
  • Cultural sensitivity and willingness to engage with a variety of societal groups from Ugandan professors to Ministry of Health officials to villagers.

In addition, the following skills are not required but are desirable for the internship:

  • Exposure to the health care field (e.g., through volunteer work);
  • Experience with travel/volunteer work in a low-income country or community (this is highly valued)
  • Knowledge of statistics and basic statistical programs (like STATA);

Note: All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops. Additionally, students are required to participate in two special sessions for students going to East Africa and Ghana, April 8th and April 15th, 2pm-5pm. Interns will be required to sign a code of professional conduct and a waiver prior to departure to Uganda. Students are expected to share the code of conduct and waiver with their parents or guardians and to abide by the code of conduct during their entire stay in Uganda, both during and after work hours. Students must register with the US embassy in Kampala via the STEP program. Interns are required to receive all U.S. government-recommended travel vaccinations and acquire and take as directed malaria prophylaxis. Students may be required to cover the cost of their vaccinations, which may be as much as $500. Information on necessary vaccinations and malaria risk and protection can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/uganda

Interns will be working at Mulago Hospital in Uganda's capital city, Kampala, for 8 weeks. The start date and end dates are negotiable. Students are encouraged to apply for a stipend from one of the University internship funds by April 1st to cover the cost of travel to Uganda and expenses while living there. 

Basic information about living and working in Kampala, Uganda: English is the language of business in Uganda, so second language skills are not required or necessary. During the internship, Sewanee students at CEDOVIP, TASO and MUJHU will live at pre-arranged housing in Kampala. The housing is secure and in a safe neighborhood. The cost is $550/month/person, which includes utilities but not WiFi. (That can be arranged through phone data service.) Approximate food costs are $10 a day. It is possible to hire a local caretaker to cook/clean for a minimal amount. Travel to worksite is possible through local taxis.

Note that there is some risk associated with living and working in a low income country, and the student and student’s parents should take note of these risks. Throughout the internship, a Ugandan professional hired by Sewanee as an intern coordinator will be available for consultation and for any emergencies that might arise while in-country. 

All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops, in addition to special sessions for students going to East Africa & Ghana on April 8 (2-5 pm) and April 15 (2-5 pm). 

Application requirements:

  • In the required application for MUJHU, students list areas of interest. These could include:
    • Clinical research at Mulago Hospital on HIV prevention
    • Psychosocial support for people infected with or affected by HIV
    • Prevention of HIV among young people (health education and research)
    • Working with families on HIV prevention
  • Students must follow the requirements outlined on the MUJHU application packet. This includes: 
    • Application Form
    • A Resume or CV that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
    • A Statement of Interest in the position
    • Letter from Sewanee (If you are selected for the position, Dr. Summers or Dr. Patterson will get you the letter.)
  • A Resume or CV submitted to TigerNet that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
  • Cover Letter. This letter should be addressed to Alyssa Summers as the faculty coordinator for this internship.  The letter should clearly explain your reasons for pursuing the internship and how you expect your experience to impact your career plans.  Include what you have done in your Sewanee career that supports your overall goals in medicine and interest in pursuing this internship. Please review the CLD guidelines for writing a cover letter as this is a significant portion of the evaluation for getting this internship. 
  • An Unofficial Transcript (Obtained from the Registrar’s Office – do not wait until the last day to request!)
  • Names of 3 References we can contact.  You should have at least 2 of these 3 references be Sewanee professors.  Please list their names, titles, and contact information on your resume or CV. 

The Makerere University - Johns Hopkins University Research Collaboration was founded by clinical researchers interested in finding ways to prevent HIV infection in children and dedicated to improving the health of women, children, and families who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The collaboration started by scientists and clinicians from the US and Uganda has flourished dramatically into a diverse community of talented clinical investigators, scientific researchers and participants.

Community Health & Development Internship with The AIDS Support Organization in Kampala, Uganda

  

The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) Internship
TASO is the oldest AIDS support organization in Uganda, founded in 1987 by Noerine Kaleeba and 15 other colleagues some of whom have now passed away due to AIDS.  The founding of TASO was based on people that were unified by common experiences faced when encountering HIV/AIDS at a time of high stigma, ignorance and discrimination. From a small support group, TASO has since evolved into a non-governmental organization with eleven (11) service centers covering most parts of Uganda. Its activities include: 

  1. HIV Prevention Services: HIV testing and counseling; HIV education among others
  2. Care and Treatment: anti-retroviral treatment (ART); sexually transmitted infection (STI) management; tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria; among others.
  3. Psychosocial Support Services: Counseling; orphans and vulnerable care (OVC) support; Material support; Economic empowerment among others.
  4. Health and Community Systems Strengthening

Students will work in the Mulago office (in Kampala) and assist in some of these activities. These could include community education efforts, helping to document TASO care program activities, report writing, and attending community meetings. 

Students interested in entering the medical field are encouraged to apply, as well as students with a social science background who are interested in global health, grassroots development, and/or human rights. 

Application Procedure

The application deadline is February 15th. Applicants should apply through TigerNet. There are 1-2 positions available, depending on applicant qualifications.  

Eligibility:

  • Preference given to Sewanee rising juniors and seniors. Qualified graduates may be considered and are encouraged to apply. 
  • GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • Interest in international public health, community health education, grassroots development and health & human rights
  • Knowledge of global health issues, especially HIV (see below)
  • Excellent research and written communication skills
  • Mature and responsible
  • If requesting placement in clinical research, students should have some experience conducting research projects (lab skills; exposure to research design).

Qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Basic knowledge about HIV and AIDS (as well as tuberculosis, malaria, and sexually transmitted infections, which are major coinfections with HIV)
  • Some familiarity with Africa (through personal reading or a class)
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural and economic factors;
  • Overall computer literacy;
  • Good writing, communication and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills;
  • Motivated self-starter and ability to work independently;
  • Cultural sensitivity and willingness to engage with a variety of societal groups from Ministry of Health officials to community activists.

In addition, the following skills are not required but are desirable for the internship:

  • Experience with travel/volunteer work in a low-income country or community (this is highly valued)

Note: All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops. Additionally, students are required to participate in two special sessions for students going to East Africa and Ghana, April 8th and April 15th, 2pm-5pm. Interns will be required to sign a code of professional conduct and a waiver prior to departure to Uganda. Students are expected to share the code of conduct and waiver with their parents or guardians and to abide by the code of conduct during their entire stay in Uganda, both during and after work hours. Students must register with the US embassy in Kampala via the STEP program. Interns are required to receive all U.S. government-recommended travel vaccinations and acquire and take as directed malaria prophylaxis. Students may be required to cover the cost of their vaccinations, which may be as much as $500. Information on necessary vaccinations and malaria risk and protection can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/uganda

Interns will be based at the Mulago Hospital Complex in Uganda's capital city, Kampala, for 8 weeks. The start and end dates are negotiable. Students are encouraged to apply for a stipend from one of the University internship funds by April 1st to cover the cost of travel to Uganda and expenses while living there. 

Basic information about living and working in Kampala, Uganda: English is the language of business in Uganda, so second language skills are not required or necessary. During the internship, Sewanee students at CEDOVIP, TASO and MUJHU will live at pre-arranged housing in Kampala. The housing is secure and in a safe neighborhood. The cost is $550/month/person, which includes utilities but not WiFi. (That can be arranged through phone data service.) Approximate food costs are $10 a day. It is possible to hire a local caretaker to cook/clean for a minimal amount. Travel to worksite is possible through local taxis.

Note that there is some risk associated with living and working in a low income country, and the student and student’s parents should take note of these risks. Throughout the internship, a Ugandan professional hired by Sewanee as an intern coordinator will be available for consultation and for any emergencies that might arise while in-country. 

All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops, in addition to special sessions for students going to East Africa & Ghana on April 8 (2-5 pm) and April 15 (2-5 pm). 

Application requirements:

  • A Resume or CV submitted to TigerNet that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
  • Cover Letter. This letter should be addressed to Alyssa Summers as the faculty coordinator for this internship.  The letter should clearly explain your reasons for pursuing the internship and how you expect your experience to impact your career plans.  Include what you have done in your Sewanee career that supports your overall goals in medicine and interest in pursuing this internship. Please review the CLD guidelines for writing a cover letter as this is a significant portion of the evaluation for getting this internship. 
  • An Unofficial Transcript (Obtained from the Registrar’s Office – do not wait until the last day to request!)
  • Names of 3 References we can contact.  You should have at least 2 of these 3 references be Sewanee professors.  Please list their names, titles, and contact information on your resume or CV. 

The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) is the oldest AIDS support organization in Uganda. From a small support group, TASO has since evolved into a non-governmental organization with eleven service centers covering most parts of Uganda. Sewanee students will work in the Mulago office (in Kampala) and assist in some of these activities. These could include community education efforts, helping to document TASO care program activities, report writing, and attending community meetings.

Medical Education Internship at Carter Center in Kampala, Uganda

 

Carter Center Medical Educator and Research Intern 
The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn in cooperation with Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). As a non-profit organization, the Center works on peace and health promotion programs in over 80 countries. One of the main missions of The Carter Center is to successfully fight for the eradication of preventable diseases, such as guinea worm and trachoma. It strives to use low-cost methods and sustainable solutions, while working in partnership with host governments and community organizations.  More information is available at  http://www.cartercenter.org/health/index.html

The Center’s office is situated within the Vector Control Division of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Uganda.  The division works directly on Vector Borne Diseases Control/Elimination Programs in the country.   Interns will work with Carter Center researchers and health educators on projects concerning the prevention of river blindness and trachoma. Ten million Ugandans are affected by trachoma, and while river blindness has decreased greatly, thousands are still affected. (Information on these programs is available at http://www.cartercenter.org/countries/uganda-health.html).    

Learn more about this internship from 2016 and 2017 Carter Center interns Amy Lee C'16, Henry Pipes C'17James Dunaway, C'17 and Rebecca Salustri, C'17

The project will involve the following tasks:

  • Compiling and analyzing data on case incidence and program outcomes;
  • Interacting with community groups and leaders throughout the country (alongside Carter Center staff) to promote disease prevention;
  • Evaluating current projects;
  • Implementing health education programs;
  • Implementing disease surveillance, prevention, and treatment programs; and
  • Working as part of a government-NGO team to address the two diseases.

Students interested in entering the medical field are encouraged to apply, as well as students with a social science background who are interested in global health. 

Application Procedure

This internship will not be offered in the 2017-18 academic year.

Eligibility:

  • A Sewanee rising junior, senior or recent C'18 Sewanee graduate 
  • Strong GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Knowledge of biology

Additional qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Basic knowledge about infectious diseases, specifically vector-borne diseases
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural and economic factors
  • Overall computer literacy
  • Good writing, communication and public speaking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills
  • Motivated self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Cultural sensitivity and willingness to engage with a variety of societal groups from Ministry of Health officials to villagers

In addition, the following skills are not required but are desirable for the internship:

  • Exposure to the health care field (e.g., through volunteer work)
  • Experience with travel/volunteer work in a low-income country or community
  • Knowledge of statistics and basic statistical programs
  • Experience with GIS

Note: Prior personal, travel, work or volunteer experience in a low-income country is essential to this internship. All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops on April 8th and April 15th, 2pm-5pm. Interns will be required to sign a code of professional conduct prior to departure to Uganda. Interns are required to receive all U.S. government-recommended travel vaccinations and acquire and take as directed malaria prophylaxis. Students may be required to cover the cost of their vaccinations, which may be as much as $500. Information on necessary vaccinations and malaria risk and protection can be found here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/uganda

Interns will be based at the Carter Center in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, for 8 weeks starting in June. Students are encouraged to apply for a stipend from one of the University internship funds by April 1st.  Students will be expected to cover roundtrip airfare to Uganda and will be given an additional $500 travel stipend for in-country transportation to village sites from the Office of Medical and Health Programs. (Note: Depending on the number of trips, you may need to supplement this travel with your internship stipend or another funding source. The Carter Center will not pay this cost). 

Basic information about living and working in Kampala, Uganda: English is the language of business in Uganda, so second language skills are not required or necessary. Internship coordinators will assist the intern with identifying safe and secure housing placements, and the internship funding is generally sufficient to cover the cost of basic room and board for the 10-week period. Students may have to and should be able to draw upon additional outside resources beyond the stipend for this internship, as costs associated with international travel and living expenses may fluctuate and are beyond our control.  Housing with a self-catering kitchen costs approximately $15 per day, but monthly rates may be negotiable. Approximate food costs are $10 a day. Note that there is some risk associated with living and working in a low-income country, and the student and student's parents should take note of these risks. 

All students who accept offers of an international internship are REQUIRED to attend health and safety training workshops on April 8th and April 15th from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Application requirements:

  • A Resume or CV that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
  • Cover Letter. This letter should be addressed to Alyssa Summers as the faculty coordinator for this internship.  The letter should clearly explain your reasons for pursuing the internship and how you expect your experience to impact your career plans.  Include what you have done in your Sewanee career that supports your overall goals in medicine and interest in pursuing this internship. Please review the CLD guidelines for writing a  cover letter as this is a significant portion of the evaluation for getting this internship. 
  • An Unofficial Transcript (Obtained from the Registrar’s Office – do not wait until the last day to request!)
  • Names of 3 References we can contact.  You should have at least 2 of these 3 references be Sewanee professors.  Please list their names, titles, and contact information on your resume or CV. 

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to fight for the eradication of preventable diseases. Sewanee interns will work in the area of disease education and control on Carter Center projects that focus on the diseases of onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma.

Zanmi Lastante Medical Internship in Mirebalais, Haiti

 

Zanmi Lasante Intern
Duncan Pearce, C'17 has conducted health surveys with Zanmi Kafe farmers in various locations in Haiti’s Central Plateau, where we have developed this pilot medical research internship.  Duncan gained valuable information about basic health issues and living conditions of rural Haitian farmers from different zones that will be used ultimately to help quantify long-term effects on farmers’ health. The Haiti Institute at Sewanee Medical Intern will continue this work with other interns that work with Professors McGrath (Biology) and Malde (Art and Art History).  

The Haiti Medical Intern, working under Zanmi Lasante (Haitian Creole for Partners in Health), will be part of a team comprised of Zanmi Kafe and Zanmi Foto interns examining how economic and environmental factors faced by households affect health and how the adoption of more sustainable agricultural systems, as well as cultural and social knowledge generated by Haitians, can help address these issues.  All interns will work together to learn and improve our understanding of the lives and needs of Haitians in rural communities. 

Learn more about this internship from Duncan Pearce, C'17

The project will involve the following tasks:

  • Working with Zanmi Kafe staff and interns to interview farmers and their families about household health concerns;
  • Re-evaluating current questionnaire and interview technique;
  • Compiling and analyzing data health outcomes;
  • Effectively communicating with others about outcomes in the form of papers and presentations; and
  • Being accessible to continue analysis and sharing of information the next semester in Sewanee.

Students interested in entering the fields of medicine, public and global health are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is February 15th. Applicants should apply through TigerNet. There is ONE position available.

Eligibility:

  • A Sewanee rising sophomore through senior student 
  • Have a good understanding of the french language.... FREN 200 or above would be very benefical. 
  • Willingness to learn Creole
  • Be comfortable hiking several miles in rough terrain and occasionally sleeping in the field at local schools 

Additional qualifications and skills of a successful intern:

  • Knowledge of biology with a strong GPA;
  • Basic knowledge about public health concerns;
  • Awareness about how health interacts with social, cultural, economic and environmental factors;
  • Overall computer literacy;
  • Strong writing, communication and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently;
  • Cultural sensitivity and enthusiasm for engaging with people from a variety of contexts
  • Tolerance for living in close quarters with others for extended periods of time;
  • Patience and humility

Note: Prior personal, travel, work or volunteer experience in a low-income country is desirable.  For rising sophomores and juniors, it is strongly suggested that you participate in the spring break Haiti trip (application process in October). Interns will be required to sign a code of professional conduct prior to departure to Haiti and purchase travel insurance. Interns are required to receive all U.S. government recommended travel vaccinations and take a malaria prophylaxis, as directed. Students may be required to cover the cost of their vaccinations that may be as much as $500.   

Interns will be based in the town of Mirebalais, Haiti for 6-8 weeks. Students are encouraged to apply for a stipend from one of the University internship funds by April 1st.  Students will be expected to cover roundtrip airfare to Port-au-Prince.  In-country transportation will be covered by the project.

Basic information about living and working in Haiti:  Creole and French are the primary languages spoken in Haiti.  Creole is spoken by farmers and thus only students with 300-level French and a willingness to learn Creole are eligible to apply to this internship. The Intern will reside in a secure home with several other interns from Sewanee in the town of Mirebalais. The home has access to WiFi, is in a safe and secure part of town, and has staff that prepares meals and does light house cleaning. Food and lodging cost approximately $125/week that is expected to be paid out of your internship stipend.  Note that there is some risk associated with living and working in a low-income country, and the student and student's parents should take note of these risks. 

Application requirements:

  • A Resume or CV that lists any research, employment, internship, or other experience relevant to the program to which you are applying. Please review CLD guidelines on composing an effective resume and what a CV is and how to write one.
  • Cover Letter. This letter should be addressed to Professors McGrath and A. Summers, as the faculty coordinators for this internship. The letter should clearly explain your reasons for pursuing the internship and how you expect your experience to impact your career plans.  Include what you have done in your Sewanee career that supports your overall goals in medicine and interest in pursuing this internship. Please review the CLD guidelines for writing a cover letter as this is a significant portion of the evaluation for getting this internship. 
  • An Unofficial Transcript (Obtained from the Registrar’s Office – do not wait until the last day to request!)
  • Names of 3 References we can contact.  You should have at least 2 of these 3 references be Sewanee professors.  Please list their names, titles, and contact information on your resume or CV. 

Following the success of the Haiti Institute in Sewanee and research started by pre-medical student Duncan Pearce, C'17 we are establishing a new medical research internship. Sewanee Medical Interns will survey health outcomes and monitor and gain valuable information about the health needs in Haitian communities.