AFfiliate program OVERVIEW

Comprised of over 7,100 islands in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an archipelago filled with natural beauty and rich culture. Along with its rich biodiversity, white sandy beaches, mountain ranges, and tropical rainforests, the country’s colorful history is filled with a unique blend of cultures.

While experiencing the cultural diversity and natural beauty of the Philippines, interns will learn about the organization of its primarily devolved health system and the various challenges in providing adequate healthcare in the context of its peculiar geography. In many remote, hard-to-reach islands, otherwise known as geographically isolated disadvantaged areas (GIDA), hospitals and health care clinics strive to deliver quality health services despite the often inadequate infrastructure, investment, supplies and personnel. Interns will observe first-hand the daily healthcare challenges faced by “barangays” or villages, on remote islands in the provinces of Quezon and Romblon.


By visiting premiere urban public and private health facilities in the capital city of Manila prior to the remote island immersion, interns gain an appreciation of the dichotomies between public versus private and rural versus urban healthcare systems.  Interns will meet local health professionals at the Department of Health and the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office Headquarters and enjoy cultural lectures and excursions led by CFHI's on-site partners. Following an orientation week in Manila, students will continue on to one of two islands where they will contribute to public health education initiatives led by local community health workers at primary care and health extension centers.

This program offers life-changing firsthand exposure to the struggles and triumphs of local people working together to achieve better health outcomes for their communities.

Ideal candidates will have experience with, or knowledge about nonprofit organizations/NGOs or primary care settings in low-resource or Global South settings. There is no language requirement for this program.


There is no language requirement


In this program, interns stay in a hotel during their first week in manila, and in guest houses in the islands. Tagolog/Filipino classes take place either at the guest house or at a nearby NGO office.


  • $5,950
  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • Travel Expenses


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.


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


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.


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.


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.