Summer Internships in South Africa - Placements

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Healthcare Challenges Internships in South Africa

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 South Africa—Healthcare Challenges 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

The first couple of days at the program site will be devoted to orienting you to the city, clinical sites, transportation, and other logistical matters. Clinical rotations will usually take place during the day for 6 to 8 hours, five days a week, generally from 8 am to 4pm. Private transportation will be provided to and from clinical sites, both in Cape Town, as well as the rural rotation outside of Cape Town. Clinical rotation sites may include:

Elgin Learning Foundation (Rural Site)

CFHI Students will be placed at Elgin for 2 weeks, giving them a great rural comparison perspective. This opportunity will expose them to community-based health initiatives within a rural farming population. They will experience public and clinical health through rotations at a home based health care project, a step-down facility for the terminal ill, a home for children infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, and a health care clinic for workers:

Secondary Teaching Hospital (Victoria Hospital)

The hospital falls under the Provincial Health Department and the University of Cape Town; provides health services to insured and uninsured patients. The HIV clinics are run in surrounding community health centers and follow-up treatment or continued care happens at the regional hospitals. Participants will rotate in general surgery, pediatrics, casualty, general medicine, and in the HIV clinics. Each department has a head physician who will act as preceptors for the program.

Children’s Hospital (Trauma Unit)

Provides care to the children of Cape Town and serves as a regional and national referral base for many specialties. There are two operating theatres and three outpatient theatres. Participants will learn the various medical techniques used in pediatric trauma: radiological imaging, total body digital imaging, emergency ultrasound and abdominal sonography for trauma, and many others

Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program

For the South Africa—Healthcare Challenges 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 South Africa—Healthcare Challenges 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.