INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

Like many other countries in Latin America, Argentina has developed a universal healthcare system and invested heavily in primary care over the last decade. Primary care providers are a pivotal component in the overall strategy of Argentina to provide health for all. As part of this approach, Argentine medical schools encourage students to pursue a career in primary healthcare, whereas only a fifth of US medical students choose this specialty. Join this program and gain insight into Argentina’s primary care network and how the goals outlined in the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration are being carried out.


DESCRIPTION

Become an intern at the State Ministry of Health, the entity running federal and state public health outreach and education programs. Join mobile clinics run by the ministry of health providing free services such as blood pressure screening, vaccines, mammograms and nutrition counseling. In addition, work with the Social Services Department within various secondary hospitals in the city, which run education and outreach programs, such as monthly diabetes education groups, a free diabetes medication program, sexual health education, and healthy eating campaigns.

Become immersed in Argentinian culture and language through conversational and medical Spanish classes while living with local students or families in Cordoba. Interns may also organize weekend trips to destinations such as Villa Carlos Paz lake region, La Cumbrecita and other hill towns for hiking and outdoor activities. Within Cordoba city, enjoy the vibrant cultural scene including museums, theaters and cafes. Spanish classes take place at a nearby language school.

Ideal candidates will have experience in or knowledge of public health at the policy and community education/outreach levels.


LANGUAGES

Beginner Spanish (level 1) is required for this program. Please review this page to determine your Spanish level: https://www.cfhi.org/spanish-self-assessment-guide


ACCOMmODATIONS

To be determined.


COST

  • $5,850
  • Academic Fee - $300
  • Tuition
  • Airfare

FUNDING

International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


DATES

Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


ORIENTATION

Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then Global Internship Manager Jean Oh will contact you to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.