Summer Internships

The Healthy Villages Summer Internship brings together undergraduate, graduate, international development, public health, and medical students from across the globe to work alongside rural communities as they are empowered to lead healthier lives. The 2016 internship dates are:

  • June 13 – August 15, 2016 for team members (8 weeks)
  • June 10 – August 15, 2016 for team leaders (8.5 weeks)

We wil have dates for the 2017 program by December 2016 and will accept 2017 applications at that time. Check out our application and if you have additional questions please contact our Internships Coordinator, Elizabeth Warren, at


About the Internship

The Healthy Villages Internship provides a broad exposure to UVP’s diverse community health programs. Our interns engage with theories and practices of public health and international development in a grassroots context. Intern teams spend the summer establishing, sustaining, and monitoring UVP’s public health and advocacy programs in rural communities throughout Iganga District. Ultimately, interns focus on grassroots health promotion strategies in order to improve public health in partnered villages.
The summer is framed through four key components of experience and learning:
Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Team Building through our Intern Team Model.
Interns live and work in diverse teams composed of Ugandan and non-Ugandan team members. This team structure allows for learning and personal expansion on the part of both Ugandan and International interns. It allows teams to implement projects more effectively, drawing on the strengths of both cultures and educational/experiential backgrounds.
Community Immersion through living in and partnering with a specific Healthy Village.
Interns spend eight weeks living and working in one of UVP’s Healthy Villages in rural Iganga District, Uganda. While living side by side with community members, interns learn about the social justice and healthy equity issues these communities face and work in partnership with the community to overcome these barriers.
Practical Knowledge and Skill Building in community mobilization, data collection, and health education through the lens of UVP’s public health focus areas.
Programs and activities are geared toward issues such as water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and reproductive health. These focus areas make up the foundation for our Healthy Villages program and our summer internship is an integral part of our Healthy Villages model.

Launch Teams will live and work in new villages UVP has not yet worked in to initiate Healthy Villages programs. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Teams will conduct follow up work in past and existing Healthy Village communities. Details of intern positions are outlined in the Intern Roles page.
Critical Thinking & Leadership Development through our eight week Global Health Leadership curriculum.

This year we are launching an educational component to our internship program. The Global Health Leadership curriculum will facilitate a space for interns to intentionally unpack their internship experience throughout the summer. Interns will grapple with the challenges of grassroots public health work, grow in their understanding of global health as a multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary field, and think critically about where they fit as leaders the movement for global health equity.

International Intern Fundraising Requirement

All international interns are required to pay or fundraise $2250 USD, in addition to a $500 USD deposit that is refundable upon successful completion of the program. In addition, interns are required to individually purchase airfare to and from Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Please read more about the internship fee.

How to Apply

Application review for the summer 2016 internship program will be open in December. The deadline for applications will be February 1, 2016, and applicants will be notified about their status by March 2016. Please click on the links below to learn more.

If you have any additional questions email our Internships Coordinator, Elizabeth Warren, at


For more information on our Internship Program, please see the links below.