Global Experiences

Global Pre-Meds Doctor Shadowing and Summer Programs
HOSA’s Global Experience Partner for 2021 provides two-week programs designed for American high school and college students to gain real-world experience that truly stands out and is available for summer 2021. The Hospital Doctor Shadowing Program in Dominican Republic gives you over 40 clinical shadowing hours in a COVID-safe environment supervised and mentored directly by a Medical Doctor. The Global Health Experience Program in East Africa takes the experience even further by adding practical learning from traditional healers, tribal communities, and global health specialists. Both are fully residential programs with age-appropriate professional supervision 24/7. Learn more and apply now for this summer now at

Avencion GroupZambia, Africa Tyrell Junius, HOSA Alumnus, works with members who have an interest in global health initiatives in Africa/Asia.  The U.S.-Africa Global Leadership Program (GLP) has internship opportunities. 

GPSA for Health Medical Fellows Program – This is a global health, gap-year program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Guatemala and Belize. Fellows live and work in either of these countries, work at a local health center, and support GPSA healthcare service-learning programs for high school students. The program gives recent college graduates the opportunity to work alongside physicians, nurses and community health workers while experiencing the challenges and opportunities present in global settings. We offer flexible start dates and program lengths. 

Squads Abroad Squads Abroad empowers teacher-led groups around the world to improve health and educational outcomes in under resourced communities with the support of experienced on-the-ground teams.

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program – How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. You’ll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.

Health Related Internships

American Diabetes Association – Internship – An internship with the American Diabetes Association means you will engage in the daily activities of staff and gain real-world experience while making a difference in the lives of people who are affected by diabetes. 

American Medical Student Association—AMSA International Health Opportunities Directory – American Medical Student Association – AMSA has partnered with AMOpportunities (AMO) to offer clinical experiences, including observerships for eligible premedical students.

Bristol-Myers SquibbInternship Programs for Graduates and Undergraduates, current internship & co-op opportunities available. 

Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro, run by local medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine.  With a focus on both education and real-world experience, Camp Cardiac provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field.  In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for heart healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise.  Although Camp Cardiac’s primary focus is on care and maintenance of the heart (or brain), it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.

Eligibility: Ages 15-18 years of age; Cost: $675  (Scholarships available)

Cardinal Health Internship & EMERGE Programs
(for undergrads; leadership development-EMERGE; MBA internships; recent grads)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Museum Disease Detective Camp
If you’re more interested in collecting and analyzing data than treating patients, this 5 day non-residential program may be for you. While topics vary year to year, some examples include: public health interventions, global health, infectious disease, chronic disease, injury prevention, data analysis, surveys, school wellness programs, violence prevention, environmental health, emergency preparedness, outbreaks, scientific communication, laboratory technology, disease surveillance, epidemiology, and public health law. Expect a demanding but exciting experience, with re-created outbreaks, mock press conferences, a laboratory session, introductions to chronic disease surveillance and public health law, lectures from well-known CDC scientists, and more.  Eligibility:  Students entering their junior or senior year; 16 or older.  Location:  CDC Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons Summer Public Health Scholars Program

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program is designed for undergraduate students to increase in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers.

CVS Health Internships

Undergraduate as well as MBA and Master’s degree students. Pharmacy, healthcare operations, dietetics and nutrition, nursing, optometry and nursing.

GlaxoSmithKline Undergraduate Internship Program

GSK offers intern and co-op opportunities across most divisions to undergraduates and graduates from a variety of academic backgrounds. The program offers a unique opportunity to utilize, enhance and develop skills particular to your studies in a practical and engaging environment. GSK has partnered with Atrium, a talent solutions firm, in year-round recruitment for its intern and co-op program. New opportunities are constantly opening, so continue to check for roles posted. 

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Public Health Student Intern Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is seeking applicants for the Public Health Student Intern Program (PHSIP). Public Health Interns will complete a one-semester rotation within one of HRSA’s Bureaus or Offices. This public health program offers unpaid experience for current graduate and undergraduate students in good standing at schools of public health  and public health programs in the United States.

HHS Opportunities — Youth Engaged Change

Empowering you to improve your life and the world around you.

Howard University Health Sciences High School Summer Academy
The Center of Excellence High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy (HSSESA) is one of the many support programs offered through the COE to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University. The HSSESA is a six-week highly competitive residential summer enrichment science academy for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students. Only twenty (20) High School students nationwide and globally who demonstrate an interest in the sciences, a career in pharmacy or other health professions will be selected.   

Indian Health Service – Medical Student and Residency Elective Opportunities

The Indian Health Programs have many incredible medical school and residency electives available all over the country. The majority of these primary care electives are on or near American Indian and Alaska Native reservations. – Public Health Internships Across the United States

For caretakers looking to make a big difference, public health internships provide hands-on experience through research, evaluation, and training. While not every university offers a public health major, concentrating in health science, community health, or nutrition provides a strong foundation for a public health career. As an intern, you’ll learn about the importance of accessibility and education in treating and preventing illnesses, leading to improved health for an entire community—not just one individual.

Johnson & Johnson

When you intern at Johnson & Johnson, you’ll have a chance to work on vital assignments and initiatives, gaining hands-on experience that will help you grow both personally and professionally. As part of a dynamic team, you’ll apply your skill set in a supportive and collaborative environment while contributing to projects that make measurable, real-world impact during your 10- to 12-week experience.

Mayo Clinic Internships

Mayo Clinic offers internships in the fields of: Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Center for Innovation, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Dan Abraham healthy Living Center, Engineering, Information Security, Information Technology, Public Affairs, Student Nurse Extern Summer Program, Summer III Nursing Externship, Summer Lab Science Program, and Video Post-Production. From the careers page, click “Learning Opportunities” and select an area in internships to learn more!

Medical Immersion Summer Academy (MISA) Oakland, CA

MISA offers 5 days of hands-on skills training, mentorship, and clinical immersion. You will be introduced to medical research and “step into the shoes of an MD” workshops. Through the simulation lab, you will gain hands-on training of medical techniques and procedures including EKG, suturing, CPR, splinting and taking vitals. Though the program is non-residential, you will interact daily with medical experts and leaders, and have the opportunity to shadow them in a busy urban hospital and area clinics.  Eligibility:  Age 15 or older; Grades 9-12

NACCHO Health Policy and Practice Scholars Program

This program was designed as a guided, academic, practice-based opportunity for graduate level students in public health, pharmacy, environmental studies, or law to work on policy and practice issues impacting public health at the local level.

NACCHO Internship Program

NACCHO has a year-round internship program for interested individuals with a minimum of one year of college-level courses and a minimum of one year working in an office setting. At minimum internship runs for three months.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Intramural Training & Education

This is an opportunity to work at NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

National Institute of Health – Summer Internship

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devote exclusively to biomedical research. This internship is offered to students who are at least 16 years of age or older at the time they begin the program.

Nursing Internships for High School Students

Are you interested in a career in the medical field but don’t know where to begin? One of the easiest ways to get started is to apply for nursing internships while you’re still in high school. With a nursing internship, you’ll get invaluable exposure, experience, and guidance on how to pursue a health care job from professionals already working in the field.

National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine & Health Care

This 9-day residential summer program will give you a glimpse of all aspects of the medical field. Interactive lectures and small group workshops will focus on leadership topics such as personality styles and group dynamics, conflict resolution, public speaking and ethical decision-making. You will participate in clinical rounds, gaining hands-on experience in suturing, testing vital signs, tying surgical knots and identifying cranial nerves.  You will work with a team to research a controversial health issue and brainstorm interventions, then put that knowledge to the test diagnosing and treating patients in an outbreak simulation exercise.

Guest speakers include top researchers in the medical community. Off-campus you will get a behind-the-scenes look at prominent sites around the city, with tours specifically tailored to the area of medicine.  Eligibility:  Ages 14-18; Must have completed at least one year of high school

Locations:  American University (Washington DC); Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA); Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA); Northwestern University (Chicago, IL); Rice University (Houston, TX); University of California, Berkley (San Francisco, CA); University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); University of Washington (Seattle, WA); Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN)

Pfizer Summer Internship Program

At Pfizer, we host pre-college programs to give students a way of finding out more about our great careers in technology. Here you will find information to excite and educate young minds and show how they can contribute to the breakthroughs that changes patients’ lives.

Pharmacy for Me Internship Opportunities

When it comes to the pharmacy industry, there are endless career specialties!

If you are exploring the possibility of pursuing a career in the industry, we encourage you to learn more about these career specialties to find the best fit for you.

Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) Internships

Join the global team of innovators working to accelerate health equity so all people and communities can thrive. We advise and partner with public institutions, business, grassroots groups and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. 

RN TO BSN Online Programs
A comprehensive list of nursing internships for high school students interested in nursing as a career.  

Stanford Medicine
High School & Undergraduate Programs for those preparing for a future in medicine or science.

Summer Child Health Research Internship
Spend 9 weeks researching and learning all about child health. You will have the opportunity to choose your mentor from a long list of highly respected faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado, with varied interests and areas of expertise such as stem cell biology, neuroscience, nutrition, hematology, gastroenterology, neonatology, and more. At the conclusion of the program, you will provide a written summary and presentation of your research experience.  Eligibility:  Rising senior in high school, undergraduate, graduate, or first year medical student. Location:  Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Aurora, CO).

The Center of Excellence High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy (HSSESA)
This 6-week residential program is aimed at encouraging underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in pharmacy or other health professions. You will learn about the expectations within these fields, sample some of the required courses including biology, chemistry, medical terminology, mathematics, and computer science and gain career exposure in clinical settings. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent in classes, and Tuesday and Thursday will be spent at clinic hospital sites. Weeknights and weekends will be spent in scheduled tutorials, workshops, and excursions.  Eligibility:  Students entering 11thor 12thgrade; Must be in a college preparatory curriculum
Must have taken and passed biology or chemistry, a mathematics course and two English courses with a “C” or better; Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; Preference given to underrepresented minorities and/or financially disadvantaged students; Preference given to students who reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia.  Location:  Howard University College of Pharmacy (Washington DC)

U.S. Public Health Service – Jr/Sr Co-Step Program

Students participating in JRCOSTEP work in the same exciting Federal agencies and programs as active duty Commissioned Corps officers. Typical assignments vary from 31 to 120 days during official school breaks. Applicants are accepted from a variety of fields, including environmental health, pharmacy, engineering, and nursing.