Every summer, students from the Center for Global and Immigrant Health do internships with a range of  global health and immigrant health organizations. This list may be a good place to start if you’re a current student looking for summer internship ideas. Some of these organizations are organizations that UCLA students work with nearly every summer, and some are organizations that you could be the first to develop a professional relationship with!

Global Health (International)

Global Health (U.S.-based)

Immigrant Health (U.S.-based)

International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)



Population Council

World Health Organization (WHO)

American Public Health Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Master's-level internships)

Formidable Joy

International Rescue Committee


World Bank


California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Master's-level internships)

Community Health Councils

International Rescue Committee

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California


Another way to search for global and immigrant health internships is to talk to professors who work in these areas. See our Faculty Page for a list of professors at UCLA who have worked or currently work in global and immigrant health. You can also request to join the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health LinkedIn group where we post information on global health related jobs and internships.

Students should complete the Internship Approval Form once they identify their fieldwork opportunity so CGIH can confirm that it will meet the requirements of the certificate.

For more guidance and ideas about international internship experiences, see the slides from this year's International Internships Meeting, facilitated by the UCLA Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive Health and the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health. 

Missed the International Internships Meeting this year? You can check out the full recording of the meeting on our YouTube channel!

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a network called Global Health Technical Professionals and can be another great resource for learning about global health and the internship and job opportunities that are available. Check out their 2020 webinar on International Experiences & Internships which was part of their Future Global Health Leaders Webinar Series. 


Specific Internships & Fellowship Programs

Association of Public Health Laboratories Fellowships and Internships

APHL offers a variety of fellowships and internships on topics ranging from Infectious Disease to Environmental Health to Bioinformatics. A full list of opportunities and more information can be found here

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Public Health Internship

The ASPPH Public Health Internship is a professional work assignment that allows graduate students to combine classroom education with practical training experience. Interns will work on a variety of projects focusing on education in public health. Details can be found here

Child Family Health International (CFHI) Global Health Immersion Programs

Child Family Health International (CFHI) runs 20+ Global Health Education Programs in several countries placing students in clinics and public health facilities alongside local health professionals. CFHI's one to four month service-learning experiences immerse students in global health realities around the world. CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations. CFHI accepts applications for its global health programs on a rolling basis. To learn more, click here.

Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (RISE) Fellowship

The RISE Fellowship Program supports public health research and professional development in infectious diseases and health disparities, focusing on increasing knowledge and interest in public health research careers among students from underrepresented populations. The nine-week fellowship program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More detail can be found here

New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC) Health Equity Stipend Program

NEPHTC provides stipends to 27 students per year for field placements and faculty-student collaborative projects throughout New England. To qualify you must be a graduate or doctoral student pursuing a degree in a health profession, or a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student pursuing a public health degree, and work with a public health or nonprofit agency supporting underserved areas and populations. More information can be found here


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Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2021