Frequently Asked Questions for Internship Applicants


        Who is eligible for the internship program?
            We are looking for individuals who are passionate and have experience in public health, medicine, or international development. We give extra consideration to individuals who have prior experience working in developing and low-resource settings. Ideal applicants are those who have a strong interest in development and/or global health and are looking for a cross-cultural and entrepreneurial opportunity to work in a rural setting. All interns must be at least 18 years old. Historically, interns have come from all around the world as medical students, graduate students, undergraduate students, and professionals. Please read more on our

Intern Qualifications



            How do I apply to the internship program?
                If you are a non-Ugandan applicant, please refer to the

International Intern Application

                . You will be required to complete an online application, CV/resume, and four essay questions. If you are a Ugandan applicant, please refer to the

Ugandan Intern Application



                When will I find out whether or not I am accepted to the internship?
                  You will be notified of acceptance within 30 days of the application deadline.


                  How many interns does UVP accept?
                    For our summer internships, we typically admit 26-32 international interns and 12-15 Ugandan interns. We also keep a waiting list for candidates as space becomes available.


                    I've been placed on the waiting list. What do I do? What place am I?
                      The internship application process has historically been very competitive. Each year, we receive many more applications than we have spots available. We try to let individuals on the waiting list know of their status by the end of March for the summer internship; individuals will be notified sooner as spaces free up. If you are placed on the waiting list, please let us know if you have a continued interest in UVP as well as if you are no longer available to participate in the program.



                      What are the costs for the internship?


                        a program fee which covers project-related expenses while you intern with us as well as a modest fundraising requirement. The program fee covers accommodation in Iganga, project-related transport, and food. Summer 2017 program fees are $2250 USD plus a $500 USD refundable deposit for all international project attendees. We have found that this is similar to or less than other organizations offering comparable opportunities. Please realize that we feel fundraising for our project is an important obligation and hence it is a built-in part of your project fee upon acceptance to this project, as part of our effort to obtain high-quality interns who want to join us for the right reasons. We believe that our project cost is an excellent deal for volunteers who are looking for an amazing and meaningful experience in Africa.

                          • Program fee: $2250, plus $500 deposit which will be refunded on successful completion of the program


                          • Airfare: $1600-$2000 depending on your departure airport and dates


                          • Tourist Visa to enter the country: $50-$100, depending on your travel plans


                          • Travel items, money belt, mosquito repellent, etc.: $100


                          • Immunizations, if you do not have them; costs vary depending on your travel clinic $175-$500 for required immunizations of Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, anti-malarial


                          • Spending money for trips, souvenirs, and eating out: $200-$500 (more if going on safari)


                          • Travel insurance (required to participate): $25-$100 depending on level of coverage


                          • DOT-approved helmet: $20-35


                            Volunteers can easily spend more than this if they take tourist trips to western Uganda or Kenya, eat out often, buy specialty groceries, etc., but can also spend less. The price of living in Uganda is relatively low, but can be a bit more expensive if you live like a tourist. Many volunteers have fundraised a percentage, if not the majority of these costs, on their own from family, friends, travel grants, and local charitable organizations. See the

Fundraising Manual

                            for details on how UVP provides support for fundraising efforts.


                            How will finances work once I am in Uganda?
                                Your team leaders are responsible for paying for items included in the program fee (rent, group meals, project materials, transport, communications). Team leaders will obtain money from the program manager and track spending via receipts and records.

Each volunteer will be responsible for his or her own tourism costs, such as going out to dinner, specialty foods, and safaris. There will be additional transportation costs if you do not arrive or depart at the same time as the other interns. Interns are encouraged to fundraise for all or some of the program fee. You will be able to obtain money in Uganda via local ATMs.