Medical and healthcare internships require some prior experience in the field and an intermediate level of Spanish language proficiency. Work assignments vary from country to country. They range in specialties including shadowing a surgeon (variety of specialties), physical therapy/OT, emergency room placements, geriatric, vaccination clinics, pharmaceuticals and more.
For nursing internships abroad, interns work with nursing staff in Clinics, Hospitals, Community Centers and School Nursing offices.
Depending on what country you choose, you will shadow a physician, gain surgical experience in the emergency room, staff the OB/GYN department or work with long-term care patients. You can take on a medical internship in Spain and work with some of the top surgeons in Europe. In Ecuador, interns will float all departments in a well-run, busy Municipal Hospital in Ambato.
In the Summer of 2018, one of our candidates, in Ecuador, worked in a hospital and rotated through the General Medicine floor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. They had the opportunity to observe different types of surgeries, births, and c-sections. They assisted with minor procedures and saw many disease-states that they might not encounter in the United States.
This is an opportunity to experience first-hand how this profession operates in a foreign country, and to appreciate how the policies and procedures differ as compared to the United States. We hear regularly from our candidates that they are granted access to patients and allowed to assist with procedures they could never get near here, especially as undergrads and those taking on pre-med internships abroad.