Child Family Health International (CFHI) - Internships


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Uganda


CFHI's Global Health Education programs are also often referred to as global health internships, clinical electives, away rotations, or externships. They are open to all with an interest in global health.


CFHI Programs offer first-hand experiences alongside local physicians and public health experts in developing countries. Programs combine instruction, experience, service, and reflection, to create a model that supports physicians, clinical sites and communities abroad, addresses the healthcare needs of the underserved, and adds a unique experiential element to each participant's professional development. Let the world change you! 

Application Deadlines

CFHI accepts applications on a continual, rolling basis year-round since our programs run each month of the year, usually departing the 1stSaturday of the month.  

CFHI recommends applying 3 months prior to your desired arrival date if possible.  Applying early is encouraged in order to secure your spot in your top choice program and to give you more time to prepare for the program.  All applications received 45 days or less before any arrival date are considered last minute applications.  CFHI is able to process last minute applicants and make expedited arrangements for participants applying last-minute to programs.  Last minute applicants that are accepted are required to pay all program fees in full within 72 hours of acceptance. 

Program Dates

CFHI programs run every month of the year and generally start the 1st Saturday of the month.  The departure date of each 4-week program occurs on the Saturday four (4) weeks following the arrival date. For exact arrival dates click on your Program Description, then on the “Arrival Dates” bullet on the right side of the page.  All CFHI programs run on the same arrival and departure dates.  CFHI can usually arrange alternate arrival/departure dates so contact us if you'd like to participate during other dates. 

Program Length

CFHI programs run on a 4-week structure. Participants can choose to attend for 5, 6, 7 or 8 weeks.  Other options include combining two or more 4-week programs for a comparative experience.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

CFHI programs are inter-professional and available for undergraduate, graduate, professional and post-graduate students.  Clinical and public health education is catered to participants based on their educational level, language skills, and professional pursuits. Participants must be 20 years of age or older. Our programs are educational and interdisciplinary, meaning we encourage students from different majors, levels of education, fields, and expertise to work together while learning from and serving CFHI host communities.  CFHI program activities are tailored to each student, creating an experience that is professionally enriching, is ethically appropriate for your level of training and ensuring patient safety.  CFHI participants include medical students, residents, public health students, nursing students, social science majors, social work students, pre-health students, dental students, allied health students, and more.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Child Family Health International has offered partial or full program funding opportunities since 2007, with over $100,000 USD going directly to the development of participants’ global health competencies and intercultural education. CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI.

Over 60% of CFHI participants get academic credit from their school for CFHI programs.

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