Summer Internships in Ghana - Placements

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Pediatric Care and Reproductive Health Internships in Ghana

Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.

Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.

Internship Placement Process

After students enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the Ghana—Pediatric Care and Reproductive Health Summer Internship program, they will receive instructions for completing a separate application and portal for this program’s partner, Child Family Health International (CFHI). CFHI’s process includes a supplemental application. Note that some CFHI programs include placement and activities at multiple internship sites while others place students at one internship for the duration of the program. No interviews are required in the placement process.

Clinical Rotations

Sample Schedule

Clinical rotations will start on Monday of the second week and usually take place in the mornings for 4 to 6 hours usually Monday through Friday for the remaining four weeks.

Once a week students will meet with the Medical Director to discuss experiences at the clinics and hospitals. A lecture on a health related topic will also be provided. Students can use this time to discuss particular issues of interest, review their progress in clinic or bring up any concerns they may have. Clinical rotation sites include:

Children’s Hospital

Known as a historic landmark for making medical history when Dr. Cicely Williams first diagnosed the disease Kwashiokor, this government hospital serves an average of 200 to 300 children daily, and is the only hospital in Ghana that is dedicated solely to pediatric care.

Rotation assignments within the hospital will include: Out Patient Department (OPD), Emergency Department (ER) and Ward rotations. Work alongside and learn from dynamic health professionals including pediatricians, nurses, house officers, medical officers, residents and laboratory technicians.

Engage in clinical rotations in the hospital and clinics with physicians who manage chronic conditions. Weekly special clinics include HIV/AIDS and TB, Asthma, Sickle Cell, Neuro, Pediatric Surgical and ENT Nurse Clinic.

Students may also engage with dieticians, nutritionists, and doctors who specialize in the management of malnutrition through the hospital’s Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit and Ward.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights NGO

This NGO provides health care, and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) programming and development for the nation. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to participate in youth-centered activities and programs, including family clinics, outreach, training sessions, and advocacy.

Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program

For the Ghana—Pediatric Care and Reproductive Health Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study abroad partners with CFHI (Child Family Health International), a study abroad organization that offers independent study and intern programs in more than 10 countries. The organization offers customized local and community-based clinical rotation placements to provide students with a professional and holistic perspective of local health needs and resources. The Ghana—Pediatric Care and Reproductive Health Summer Internship program is a customized program designed by CFHI uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of CFHI staff will welcome students, lead the welcome orientation, coordinate and lead the group excursions and optional activities, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support. 

Transcript Notation

Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.

Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.