Summer Internships in the Philippines - Placements

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Remote Island Medicine Internships in the Philippines

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 Philippines—Remote Island Medicine 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 placements 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 you will meet with your Medical Director to discuss your experiences at the clinics and hospitals. A lecture on a health related topics 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: 


WHO Western Pacific Regional Office Headquarters

The office represents the WHO in Asia Pacific and its primary purpose is to support all countries and people in their quest to achieve the highest attainable level of health.

Department of Health (DoH)

The principle health agency and executive branch of the Philippine government is responsible for ensuring access to public services to all citizens through provision of health care and regulation of health goods and services.

Alabat Island or Romblon Island

Rural Health Unit (RHU)/Clinic

This primary health care center provides health services to patients in remote areas. Participants will learn about traditional healers, reproductive health, community health system management, and shadow local nurses and registered midwives with patient consults, live birth deliveries, and vaccination/immunization.

Barangay Health Stations [BHS]

The BHS are an extension of the RHU located at the village level and supported by a midwife or health worker/community health volunteer. Participants will have the opportunity to shadow health workers with live birth deliveries, vaccination/immunization, and nutrition promoting activities.

Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program

For the Philippines—Remote Island Medicine Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study Abroad partners with CFHI (Child Family Health International), a nonprofit organization that offers health-focused programs, rotations, and internships in 11 countries. CFHI is recognized as a global health ethics leader and partners with over 40 universities to offer quality health education programs rooted in longstanding partnerships with local host communities. CFHI programs offer clinical rotation placements and public health opportunities (depending on the program) to provide students with a professional and holistic perspective of local health needs and resources. The Philippines—Remote Island Medicine 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, facilitate all program-related activities in health settings, 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.