Nursing Internships Abroad

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Work the World is the leading provider of international elective placements for a whole host of reasons. The quality of our service is certainly one of them the sheer number of happy returned students has enabled us to build an unrivaled reputation within universities and healthcare institutions around the globe.


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It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Nepali people, especially women and children, suffer unnecessarily due to a lack of basic medical care. Interning at a hospital in Nepal provides participants an opportunity to learn about healthcare in a developing country and about tropical diseases. This internship placement is ideal for pre-med, pre-dental, nursing, and medical students who have...


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India has a buzz about it, a pace and a national character all its own. The complexity that you'll find when you volunteer in India offers you an experience of incomparable historical and cultural depth, and you'll live out this amazing adventure against the backdrop of some of the most incredible landscapes and cityscapes you've ever encountered. With CCS, you'll experience not only the gre...


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Imagine spending the semester living in the heart of London, while taking classes and completing an international internship. You will split your time between the University of Westminster, where you'll be taking classes in a wide variety of topics, and gaining professional experience in an internship chosen according to your background and interests. Fulfill major course requirements and boost...


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Make your resume stand out against all the others with an internship in Cape Town, South Africa! Connect-123 helps those looking to add international work experience to their background find the perfect placement in this amazing city. Opportunities are available in business, entrepreneurship, human rights, economic development, health care, public health, education and many more! With onsite ...


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This is Adelante's most developed International Internship Program with over 250 participating companies. Placements are available in nearly every field you can think of; medical, business, psychology, marketing, international education, broadcasting, social work, sports, graphic design, tourism and much more. Interns in Madrid work for 4 hours a day, Monday through Friday; that leaves you w...


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Do your international internship with Maximo Nivel - get international work experience in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. - Education (K-12) - Special Education - Micro-Business - Hospitality & Tourism - Human Rights - Medical Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been a leader in educational travel and study abroad. Our work-study-travel programs host more than 4,000 people per ye...


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Thinking of interning in China? let us help you gain work experience, sharpen your skills and get credit transfer all in the China Internship Program. Get such an experience by joining Go Abroad China’s Internship in China Program; we partner with 500+ companies inside China to arrange paid internships for college/university students and graduates. Go Abroad China is an international compan...


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Bolivia is a great place to intern abroad on a medical internship in South America. Interns on our Medicine & Healthcare internship work at various Centros de Salud - public health clinics that are open to everyone living in Cochabamba regardless of their ability to pay. Since the facilities are basic, the clinics mostly attend to minor emergencies, accidents and routine visits. There isn't eno...


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The Institute for Global Studies offers internships that can be customized to match finely tuned skills to a specific employer. IGS has a high success rate in completing custom placements owing to its global network and personal contacts around the world. The organization can do custom placements in any U.S. state, as well as many countries, including Australia, Ecuador, Germany, India, Japan, ...


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Intern Latin America is the leading provider of internship programs in the emerging market of Colombia! We provide international students with internships in top private companies, NGOs and state ministries. Our programs are regularly featured on CNN International and other mainstream media. Apply now for a wonderful experience and propel your professional development! Develop your Spanish l...


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Recently named as the most entrepreneurial city in South Africa, Cape Town is the perfect place for a summer internship! With IES Internships, you are guaranteed an unpaid internship placement working up to 40 hours per week in a business or organization that suits your career goals. Build a global network of professional contacts and gain real-world experience all while exploring everything th...


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For those seeking an internship placement working in the field of healthcare, there are a number of possibilities in the Cape Town area. This is a very popular and highly competitive internship opportunity because interns are given incredible access to the South African healthcare system. With a population estimated at approximately 3,5 million people in 2007, Cape Town's public health proj...


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As the capital city of Ecuador located on the slopes of an active volcano, Quito is an exhilarating and beautiful place for students, recent graduates, and pre-professionals to explore their career paths. The land in Quito is some of the best-protected and least-altered on the planet, making it a great spot for our programs in agriculture, animal sciences, biology, environmental studies/conserv...


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Come along to Vietnam and provide humanitarian aid, education and community assistance in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. As Vietnam’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City brings a large amount of tourists each year. A stroll through the city’s streets will reveal the diverse architecture that exhibits the stylistic influences of China and Europe. CULTURAL WEEK This week will provide volunteers w...

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Nursing Internships Abroad

Nursing is one of the most demanding industries, with long hours and high competition for skilled and reliable workers. Participating in nursing internships abroad gives students a competitive advantage over their peers, by exposing them to different practices and environments in the healthcare industry, as well as giving them the chance to improve foreign language skills specific to the industry. Completing a nursing internship abroad is a much needed stepping stone to any future career in the field, whether at home or abroad.

Why Intern Abroad in Nursing

Nursing internships abroad provide students with opportunities to both explore specializations and gain work experience in a variety of healthcare systems. Most nursing internship placements are in a specific field (i.e. pediatrics, surgery, etc.) creating a good opportunity for nursing students to focus on one area of medicine, and see if it is what they thought it was. Nursing internships abroad tend to vary greatly, from hospitals to clinics to field work, allowing interns to work in all environments and get to know healthcare standards that differ from the U.S. All of this work experience abroad will greatly benefit interns when seeking future employment and competing for jobs in the health care industry.


It is possible to find nursing internships abroad around the globe. Depending on where you choose to intern abroad, you will be exposed to a variety of medical settings. In developed countries and urban areas, most nursing internship placemeents will be in a hospital setting, while rural or developing nations will offer the opportunity to intern in field clinics or education centers.

Nursing internships in Ghana oftern provide itnerns with the opportunity to work in local hospitals. In Ghana, hospital conditions will be much different than Western standards. Some hospitals may have traditional facilities and amenities, while others will be set up in the field or in a small community-based building. Likewise, the standards of cleanliness will differ widely and availability of supplies will change frequently. Learning to adapt to unique conditions as a nursing intern in Ghana will be invaluable experience for future nurses.

Argentina offers many nursing intern abroad programs in both English and Spanish, allowing students to hone foreign language skills. Many nursing internships in Argentina involve community education, specifically in the realm of nutrition and public health policy. Public speaking skills and day-to-day workplace immersion are key benefits of participating in nursing internships in Argentina.

China is home to many unique medical practices. Hospitals that utilize Western medicine exist, as do facilities that use Eastern style techniques. Nursing internships in China are available in pharmaceuticals as well as in public health education. While Chinese is rarely required to inern in China, there will be plenty of opportunities to practice one of the world’s most desired languages while interning in the Middle Kingdom.

If you are interested in learning about crisis management, while also working in an industrial hospital setting, South Africa has incredible nursing internship opportunities that will allow you to gain both perspectives. Home to many HIV/AIDs treatment and management facilities, interns can work on the front lines of controlling and studying one of the world’s largest epidemics.

Nursing Internships Abroad

There are literally hundreds of nursing internships abroad, located on nearly every continent, in a variety of languages, and in nearly every specialty. Nursing interns may find themselves working in hospitals, although it is also very possible to work in labs or for government agencies.

Interning in a hospital setting can be a great way to gain professional experience that is easily translated into a nursing career in the U.S. Nurses who intern in hospitals abroad can even work in settings that are reserved for more skilled workers domestically; for example, nursing students may have opportunities to work in operating rooms while interning abroad, which typically requires special training and certification in the United States.

If you are more interested in experiencing different health care practices, working in a rural health clinic is a great way to experience the local culture while also working with facilities that differ from traditional hospital settings. The available technology may vary greatly, and the disease and conditions you treat may not be unusual in more developed countries. 

Public health education is perhaps one of the most popular types of nursing internships abroad. Working to help teach communities about basic health care practices, from maternity issues to birth control or even basic hygiene, there are lots of skillsets that nursing interns can share in an international setting.

Interns can apply throughout the year, with most nursing internship opportunities abroad being offered on a rolling basis. The length of nursing internships abroad typically range from one to twelve weeks. While most placements in public health education are not competitive, research and hospital work may be screened a bit closer. Previous hospital and volunteer experience may be advantageous for securing one of these positions.


Language acquisition. Medical vocabulary is often unique and not taught in most foreign language classes. Immersion working in an international environment can help develop this skillset.

Various technology, environments, and standards. While many modern medical techniques have been developed in the U.S. and taught worldwide, there are a variety of other methods still used globally. Nursing students hoping to work abroad can develop an understanding of alternative practices by participating in nursing internships abroad.

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