Medical and Health Care Internships in Cape Town

Cape Town witnessed the world’s first-ever human heart transplant in 1967 and remains a center of medical excellence today. However, it is the challenges faced by the South African health care system that provide a fascinating and unique environment for international pre-med students, medical students, and health care professionals to learn. While the country experiences a high incidence of infectious diseases typical of developing countries (HIV/AIDS, TB, parasitic infections) South Africa is also grappling with increased levels of ‘chronic diseases of lifestyle’ commonly found in more developed countries, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

For students and medical professionals looking for a customized internship experience, there are opportunities to provide non-medical care to pediatric patients at a children’s hospital as well as to help with medical research and public health-related projects. Examples include impact assessments for a new vaccine, and research into the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Public health interns have played vital roles in many projects including childhood accident prevention campaigns within hospitals and local communities, and a rural/urban cohort study on non-communicable diseases. Connect-123 customized health care and medical internships in Cape Town offer an array of opportunities for various health care fields.

Our wide network of hospitals, clinics, research institutes and private health care practitioners can also offer opportunities in nursing, physical therapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, public health and other disciplines.

Check out our other medical and health care internships in destinations such as Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Dublin and Shanghai.

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Austin Neal

Physical Rehabilitation Intern | Cape Town
Ball State University

My medical internship in Cape Town in physical rehabilitation offered hands-on learning. I observed and shadowed occupational therapists and physiotherapists as they treated stroke victims, people with disabilities and those with broken bones.

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Sarah Rost

Medical and Public Health Intern | Cape Town
Carleton College

My medical and public health internship in Cape Town and my work in palliative care at a public hospital taught me to live life to fullest and take advantage of every opportunity available to me. Through this experience, I discovered both my love of traveling and healthcare.

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Hana Petker

Medical and Public Health Intern | Cape Town
Michigan State University

I acquired exceptional communication skills and developed a deep understanding of different cultures while working in an ethnically diverse environment. I gained new technical skills and underwent immense personal and professional growth.

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Nikki Jamieson

Medical and Healthcare intern | Cape Town
University of Texas at Austin

My medical internship gave me exposure unlike ever before. It gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of different health care systems and medical practices used around the world. The doctors, nurses, and fellow interns I worked alongside were inspiring and made me look forward to going to the clinic each day.

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Joshua Dowds

Healthcare Intern | Cape Town
Lees-McRae College

My internship and overall experience working at a leading hospital in Cape Town has left me with memories and friends that I will have for a lifetime. After working with the doctors at the hospital I can honestly say I left knowing what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.

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