International Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Currently the School of Public Health does not have a formal international volunteer or internship program. If a student wants to do an international internship as a part of their practicum, it will be the student’s responsibility to find a location and site supervisor.

Academy for Educational Development

AED is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems and building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to
become more self-sufficient. AED works in all the major areas of human development in the United States and developing countries.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

ADRA works to improve the quality of life in developing countries through integrated community-based development and disaster preparedness and response activities. ADRA is an affiliate of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and fulfills its objectives without regard to ethnicity, biographic origin, age, gender, political or religious association.


Africare works in partnership with African communities to achieve healthy and productive societies. Africare’s approach places communities at the center of development activities. Africare believes that only through strong communities can Africa feed itself, appropriately exploit its natural resources, educate, care and protect its children, promote the economic
well-being of African people and live in peace.

American Friends Service Committee

This AFSC community works to transform conditions and relationships both in the world and in ourselves, which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human beings. We nurture the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity
and participation.

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and
education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross helps vulnerable people around the world to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, and life-threatening health conditions.

The American Refugee Committee

The American Refugee Committee works with refugees, displaced people, and those at risk to help them survive crises and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency.


CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries.

Centre for Development and Population Activities

Founded in 1975, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that improves the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Our approach is to work hand-in-hand with women leaders, local partners, and national and international organizations to give women the tools they need to improve their lives, families and communities.


The Council on International Educational Exchange is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad. There are three community public health programs for summer 2009: Santiago, Dominican Republic; Gaborone, Botswana; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Doctors of the World-USA

Founded by a group of volunteer physicians, Doctors of the World-USA is an international health and human rights organization working where health is diminished or endangered by violations of human rights and civil liberties.

Global Service Corps

Global Service Corps is an international service-learning organization that is built on the participation of its volunteer participants, staff, and advisors, both in the developed and developing countries of the world. Its program is established on the view that the personal lives and activities of people around the world are increasingly intertwined. It is important that we understand the inter-relatedness of our actions and the effect they have on individual health, social well-being, and environmental stability worldwide. GSC has expanded their social networking program by adding a Facebook page. Click here for the link. Expanded Health Program to Launch in January 2012. Successful Pilot Project leads to Expanded Health Workshops for Impoverished Cambodian Children. Click here for information. Click here to apply.

Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Health Volunteers Overseas

Health Volunteers Overseas is a private non-profit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries by the training and education of local health care providers.


InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. With more than 160 members operating in every developing country, we work to overcome poverty, exclusion and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all.

The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee seeks to bring attention to forgotten or neglected crises and to pressure governments and international organizations to help and protect refugees, displaced people and other victims of conflict.

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

International Center for Research on Women

ICRW has worked with partner organizations and governments throughout the world to promote gender equitable development, reduce poverty, and change the lives of millions of women and girls and their communities.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination. For 65 years UMCOR has responded internationally to natural or human made disasters-those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.

Compiled by the Global Health Fellows Program


PEERCORPS is actively involved in encouraging young professionals to pursue challenging and rewarding careers in international development and public health. To this end we annually host a number of international interns Tanzania and abroad with partner organizations via the Peercorps Network. These interns assist with ongoing activities while getting hands on practical work experience in the everyday work of a community based organization. These internships are non-salaried and most students obtain some type of grant or scholarship from their host institutions or grant agencies to cover their living expenses. Some grant funded projects may have additional monies which can be used to subsidize onsite activities such as transportation and meals during field days.

Child Family Health International

CFHI is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Limited CFHI July & August Global Health Rotations Available, Rolling Applications for all 2010 & 2011 Dates

Child Family Health International, is a 501(c)3 organization that provides global health immersion programs for those interested in global health and medicine. CFHI
partnered with GHEC in 2007 and the organizations retain corporate independence while collaborating on projects that marry theory and practice in innovative ways.

CFHI participants go on 4 -12 week rotations with physicians in developing countries working in underserved communities. CFHI programs benefit not only our participants, but local communities as well. Our socially responsible and financially just programs expose students to current health care challenges facing countries across the globe. To date, CFHI has sent over 5,000 students on its programs to 20+ sites throughout Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and South Africa.

CFHI is accepting applications for all 2010 & 2011 arrival dates for ALL programs, To read more about all 20+ programs click:


Jhpiego (pronounced “ja-pie-go”), is an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. For 35 years, Jhpiego has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families. By putting evidence-based health innovations into everyday practice, Jhpiego works to break down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Katie Memorial Foundation, Inc

The Katie Evans Memorial Scholarship was established to support outstanding work in international public health by providing a one-time scholarship of up to $3,000 towards a fieldwork project proposed by a qualified graduate student.

Himalayan Health Exchange

Himalayan Anthropology Field Expedition: This field expedition takes us to a remote region of the Western Himalayas. A journey through this isolated part of the world provides an in-depth look at the local culture, beliefs, medical practices and social structure of Western Himalayan families and nomadic Tibetan tribes of the Chang Thang Plateau.

Yearoutindia -Volunteer, Travel & Discover

Initially YOI volunteers will be required to work alongside local tribes people to design and build a small clinic suitable for the needs of the Mannan Tribal village. As a volunteer on
this initiative you will be staying on site and will build a close working relationship with the tribal community including the families for whom the clinic will serve. Once the infrastructure is in place YOI volunteers will work alongside local medical professionals to deliver the service to the members of the tribal community.

International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental

With 125 member states, a further 18 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of
all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.