Summer Internships in South Africa - Placements

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Hospital Medicine and Infectious Disease 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—Hospital Medicine & Infectious Disease 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

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 4 to 6 hours, five days a week, generally from 8 am to 2 pm. Clinical rotations will start after the first week of orientation. For 3 weeks, participants will split their time between a local state hospital and a non-profit missionary hospital in a semi-rural area of Durban. For 1 week, participants will rotate at a local hospice, a primary health clinic and the ARV clinic at a local non-profit facility. Clinical rotation sites include: 

Tertiary Public Hospital

The oldest and second largest hospital in South Africa and is the main teaching hospital for the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson Mandela Medical School. Services include pediatrics, neonatal ICU, general surgery, emergency and trauma units, and an ARV clinic.

Parochial Hospital

Located in a semi-rural area of Durban, the hospital was established by Trappist monks who had previously operated out of mud huts. The hospital provides primary health care, OB/GYN, and comprehensive treatment for HIV/AIDS patients.


The facility offers respite care for those in the final stages of chronic disease. It has an eight bed in-care center, home based caretakers, and a day care center for adults and children; mainly serves an Indian population consisting of low and middle income patients. Students will learn alongside nurses providing home based care and gain insight to understanding how to provide effective patient care for those facing life limiting or life threatening illnesses.

HIV Clinic

Is a not for profit care center that provides antiretroviral treatment, psychosocial support, legal advice, meal services, and prevention through outreach touching upon substance abuse, nutrition programs, and youth development. Students will learn about a holistic approach to care through observation in the clinic, as well as home care visits and participation in outreach programs

Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program

For the South Africa—Hospital Medicine & Infectious Disease 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—Hospital Medicine & Infectious Disease 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.