Medical Internship in Kenya

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Gain practical experience in the medical field at health centers and hospitals in a Kenya

Take advantage of this opportunity to get a glimpse into the medical field in an international context. With this medical internship spanning a range of settings, you’ll be gaining a first-hand look into the day-to-day of medical professionals in a Kenyan community.

You’ll be assisting in a variety of health facilities, which provide unique learning environments with different patient needs and demographics. This allows you to apply your academic knowledge and background experience to a range of settings, each teaching different lessons. You’ll receive well-rounded insight into what it takes to work in medicine and be inspired by the dedicated individuals working in the industry. 

This medical internship is a practical work experience that will allow you to learn from local health professionals and to support a number of health centers, nursing homes, and hospitals. It’s a rewarding opportunity to get exposure in the medical field, in the context of a developing country. You won’t be treating patients independently, as you’ll always be guided by qualified medical staff and to qualify for this internship, you’ll need to have a medical qualification or be enrolled in a medical degree at university. The exact nature of your work during this internship can be adapted to the level of your degree and experience.

ORGANIZATION

As a medical intern on this program, you’ll have the opportunity to work – alongside local professionals – in a number of health institutes. They include; 

  • Three hospitals that offer antenatal services, basic emergency obstetric care, comprehensive emergency obstetric care, curative in-patient and outpatient services, family planning, immunization, growth monitoring & promotion, HIV counseling and testing and TB diagnosis and clinic, dental services, maternal child health and family planning, and laboratory services. 
  • A community health initiative that offers home-based medical support to less advantaged community members. Their support includes emergency care, as well as health education; they ensure patients understand their medical problems and empower them to take an active role in their health, nutrition and preventive measures.
  • A nonprofit care home that supports girls living with physical, mental, sensory,
    and intellectual disabilities.
  • A children’s home that caters to neglected and abandoned children. 
  • A private in-house care facility for patients with Dementia and Alzheimers.

TASKS & REQUIreMENTS

Your role as a medical intern will be somewhat customized, depending on your academic and practical experience. But either way, you’ll fill a supportive role, working alongside and learning from Kenyan medical providers. Your tasks may include the following;

Responsibilities

  • Perform intake & triage services and medical screening
  • Perform basic medical procedures, such as wound dressings 
  • Assist with patient rounds
  • Observe surgical procedures
  • Assist with community outreach initiatives and help provide basic medical services and education
  • Help provide residential care such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs
  • Assist with engagement and educational programs for children

Requirements

  • Have completed a medical or healthcare degree, or be enrolled in a relevant program
  • A passion for providing healthcare to disadvantaged communities 
  • Have empathy and good communication skills
  • A flexible attitude and an ability to adapt to other cultures 
  • Practical experience in the medical field is a plus

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

You’ll stay at Brackenhurst, a lodge and conference center in a lovely natural setting, just 20 kilometers from Nairobi. The lodge has a restaurant, several communal spaces, a TV room, Wifi access, and several outdoor activities available. You’ll stay in comfortable shared rooms during this medical internship. From Monday to Friday, a chef will prepare meals for you, and on weekends, you’ll have the option of cooking for yourself or eating out. 

Safety & Support

Safety & Support

Limuru is a quiet suburb of Nairobi that is surrounded by nature and not considered a tourist hotspot. Being a foreigner may draw attention to you, so be careful with your valuables and be aware of your surroundings when out and about. If heading to Nairobi, be especially vigilant as pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur. It’s also best to avoid walking alone at night.

Communication

Communication

Your accommodation provides free Wifi access to stay in touch with family and friends during your stay abroad.

Meals

Meals

There is an in-house chef at Brackenhurst from Monday to Friday who prepares meals. On weekends, interns are free to prepare food of choice for themselves using the supplies available in the house or alternatively eat at the restaurant on-site. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, but please communicate these prior to your arrival.

Location details

Location details

The town of Limuru, located in central Kenya, is a welcoming community that thrives off its agriculture. Home to lush tea plantations, the region offers cool weather and green scenery. There are plenty of chances to enjoy the fresh air, with a plethora of hikes and highlands to explore. You can also pop over to Nairobi for a thriving urban and nightlife scene, or head to Nairobi National Park, various national museums, other wildlife and conservation experiences, or the conservation areas along the Kenyan coast.

DATES & RATES

Fee Breakdown

Start and end dates for the internship with this organization are flexible and will be discussed during the application process.

What you’ll pay (2024 rates)

4 weeks USD 2,395

6 weeks USD 2,996

8 weeks USD 3,595

10 weeks USD 4,195

12 weeks USD 4,795

Inclusions

  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An academic internship eligible for university credit. Check with your university to confirm if this internship qualifies for credit or alternatively we can assist you with purchasing transfer credits.
  • Accommodation in a shared room
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Wifi access
  • Meals from Monday to Friday
  • Project transport
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement and other preparations
  • An orientation program with your supervisor
  • Supervision and support during your stay
  • Regular check-ins during your internship with your supervisor
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship

Exclusions

  • Flights to Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport)
  • Visa and medical/travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals on weekends, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities
SCHOLARSHIP & FUNDING

FAQs

Some of our most commonly asked questions for programs in Kenya.

What can I expect from an internship in Kenya?

Kenya, often admired through the lens of social media and television, is a destination many dream of experiencing firsthand. Internship opportunities in this enchanting country offer you the chance to immerse yourself in its captivating landscapes and rich culture, all while gaining valuable work experience. Beyond the internship, your journey extends to an adventure as you travel and expose yourself to new environments. The scope for exploring is boundless, providing you with a unique perspective from both a local and a tourist. With thoughtful planning, you can carve out time before or after your internship to explore Kenya extensively, from the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro to the captivating Masai Mara and the breathtaking Great Rift Valley, or any other destination that captures your imagination. Don’t overlook Tanzania, conveniently neighboring Kenya; consider a side trip to the Serengeti or the vibrant island of Zanzibar.

Will I be able to explore Kenya during my internship?

Absolutely! Our internship programs offer more than just valuable work experience; they encourage exploration and cultural immersion. Whether before, after, or even during your internship, you’ll have the flexibility to explore the diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and beauty that Kenya has to offer. Simply coordinate with your supervisor to request time off, and you’re ready to embark on your adventure! We are committed to providing a holistic experience that extends beyond the workplace, ensuring you create lasting memories and expand your horizons in this remarkable part of the world.

Does my internship qualify for university credits/requirements?

It’s essential to consult your university’s academic advisor to confirm whether your internship qualifies for university credits or meets specific academic requirements. This will ensure you take the necessary steps to receive recognition of your internship experience within the academic framework. We can also assist with purchasing transfer credits to add alongside your internship experience.

Will I receive compensation during my internship in Kenya?

Regrettably, internships with nonprofit organizations are unpaid; however, there are various avenues to secure funding for your internship. Despite the absence of monetary compensation, the wealth of knowledge and the array of opportunities for both professional and personal growth are truly invaluable. This experience serves as an investment in your future, equipping you with skills and insights that extend far beyond financial considerations.

QUICK FACTS

LOCATION: Limuru, Kenya
PROGRAM FOCUS: Healthcare Industry
TASK FOCUS: Medical Assistance, Examinations, Patient Rounds
LENGTH: 4-12 weeks
COST: From USD 2,395

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Develop your skills in the context of a developing country with limited resources.
  • Get hands-on experience in a practical, day-to-day setting.
  • Gain a diverse set of transferable skills that can be highly sought after in the medical industry.
  • Get the chance to work alongside qualified medical professionals.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Kenya and natural landscapes of Limuru.
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HOW TO APPLY

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

APPLY

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.

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SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

PAYMENT

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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