INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

Uganda’s health system is being built, in part, by nonprofit organizations working in partnership with the government. A key resource of the Ugandan healthcare system are Village Health Trainers (VHTs), who are elected by their local villagers and serve three primary roles: to spread basic preventive health information, to refer sick patients to local or sometimes distant health centers, and to track health information for the Ministry of Health. VHTs play a vital role in Uganda's health system and CFHI’s partner Omni Med has perfected the approach of garnering the support of international interns to train and support VHTs.


DESCRIPTION

The nonprofit organization Omni Med trains 1 VHT for every 25-30 households locally through a weeklong course, then offers significant ongoing training for all VHTs. Interns at this site accompany VHTs to do training and community health education in surrounding communities. They also participate in home visits to carry out health education and monitoring of basic health indicators. Interns will help maintain the VHTs' knowledge base by leading trainings during meetings. Participants will also see and participate in the full scope of Omni Med's local activities, including construction of protected water sources, construction of stoves, and distribution of insecticide treated nets (ITN), among others. Omni Med has long believed in studying its impact, having conducted two clinical trials measuring program efficacy thus far. Interns will be exposed to, and will help facilitate, ongoing research initiatives while on site.

Ideal candidates will have experience with community-based or public health education/outreach, and/or global health impact evaluation. There is no language requirement for this program.


LANGUAGES

There is no language requirement.


ACCOMMODATIONS

This is a rural program. Interns stay at the Omni Med/CFHI house in the Mukono district of Uganda, about 2 hours outside of Kampala. Language classes will take place either in the village or at the house.


COST

  • Travel, Housing, and Living Expenses 
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • University of Utah Tuition

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 email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.