This global health internship is based in Livingstone, Zambia, where the famous Victoria Falls is literally located in your backyard. Public health interns will obtain practical experience working on key health issues in Zambia’s public healthcare system, bringing about research-driven change, and gaining understanding of social research methods in an under-resourced area. Students will engage with healthcare workers, professionals, and NGOs in varied settings to acquire an in-depth view of current health challenges and deliver workshops on topics that range from promoting disease prevention to living a healthy life. Students will learn how to collect data, interpret survey methodology, analyze health indicators, and report results within a supportive and solution-focused program. A regular part of this program is the opportunity to observe patient care provided by local staff in health clinics and provide support to these clinics (e.g., assistance in taking basic vitals); as well as making home-based health visits to patients in rural communities with local caregivers. Students with an interest in health-care careers can focus on these clinical activities.
There are also internship opportunities and activities for students interested in the following areas critical to international and community development: nutrition, gender equality and girl empowerment, teaching and community development, and environmental sustainability. This region of Africa is one of the world’s top safari destinations, so we have included a two-day safari trip to Botswana’s outstanding Chobe National Park. This program is in partnership with Kaya Responsible Travel and African Impact.