Global Health Comparative: Virtual Internship

Program overview

The virtual comparative internship offers undergraduate, pre-health, professional, and graduate students a unique opportunity to enhance fundamental knowledge and skills in Global Health. Interns will learn about healthcare systems in their chosen “focus country” and gain a comparative perspective through seminars and facilitated sessions with CFHI’s extensive network of global partners. Participants will witness how communities around the world address their most pressing health challenges.

During the internship, participants will receive virtual sessions on country-specific health topics and cultural learning and immersion in their chosen focus country*. Additionally, two lectures on different health systems, led by the CFHI global team, will be incorporated into the participant’s scheduled lectures. As part of the internship, participants will attend weekly Global Health seminars and bimonthly Roundtables attended by CFHI’s Medical Directors, providing participants with a comparative lens on Global Health. Upon request, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Focus countries may include:

  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Uganda

*Not all focus countries will be available at all times. Students will be asked to choose their focus from those available about 3 weeks before the program start date. 


General information
Bolivia Ecuador Ghana India Mexico Uganda Virtual Internships
Communicable diseases Maternal & Reproductive Health Pediatrics & Child Health Planetary Health Primary health care Public Health
Fees and Duration
4 Weeks - $1025
Start Dates
July 1st, 2024 August 5th, 2024 September 2nd, 2024 October 7th, 2024 November 4th, 2024

About this program

Who can apply?

This program is ideal for undergraduates, pre-health students, graduate students, and non-students who have a demonstrated interest in Global Health, Public Health, and related fields.

Language Required: English, Spanish for Latin American countries

The Global Health Comparative: Virtual Internship is an unpaid experience. Student fees will be used to compensate CFHI’s Global Partners– in line with our Fair Trade commitment.

Program Components
  • Robust competency-informed readings and content 
  • Country-specific seminars and activities 
  • Access to Pillars of Global Health: Building Competencies for Global Health Engagement modules
  • Access to and training rooted in intercultural tools through CFHI partner Aperian
  • Access to the CFHI Global Health Professional Development Hub events and materials
  • Bi-weekly roundtables featuring global health experts from 3-5 countries
  • 20-30 hours of Medical Spanish instruction if  “focus country” is a Latin American site
  • Synchronous and asynchronous virtual sessions led by CFHI Global Partners, all experts in local health systems and culture
  • Training module: Self Care & Wellness for your Virtual Program
  • Facilitated group reflection sessions 
  • Orientation and debrief sessions lead by CFHI Virtual Programs Coordinator
  • Support from CFHI’s Virtual Programs Coordinator

The Virtual Global & Public Health Internship is an unpaid experience. Student fees will be used to compensate CFHI’s Global Partners– in line with our Fair Trade commitment.

Schedule Overview

Depending on the country where participants want to attend their Virtual Global & Public Health Internship, the program schedule requires students to commit to 8 to 12 hours of synchronous work per week plus three additional hours to attend seminars and other local and global lectures and seminars. Students will need to work independently on tasks and other duties assigned by the local Medical Director to complete the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get credit for this program? 

Yes, many participants do. To find out what is required at your school, talk to your advisor or global health faculty. CFHI assists with program enrollment, confirmation letters, evaluations, and other documentation you may need.

Are there scholarships available for virtual programs?

CFHI offers many scholarships for both place-based and virtual programs. Visit the scholarships page to find out more about requirements, deadlines, and more information on how to apply. New scholarships are posted every few months, so be sure to check the page frequently.

How do I access course materials and the schedule once I am enrolled?

Once you are enrolled in a CFHI virtual program and have completed the necessary application steps, you will be sent a welcome email with information on how to access course materials and the course schedule via Google Classroom. You will also be invited to a virtual orientation that will introduce you to CFHI and help you prepare for the start of the program.

When is the program fee due?

The program fee is due 3 weeks before the start date of the program.

Can I get a certificate of completion once I finish the program? 

Yes! All students who complete a CFHI virtual program may request a certificate of completion by emailing

How to Apply

Create a profile

Submit application

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Complete requirements and access the virtual platform

What alumni say about this program

Roshni A.
Roshni A. Program's Alumni

“Global Health Comparative-Virtual Internship is one of its kind of a program that I had never thought, experienced or had participated in. I never thought virtual learning can give me this enriching and lifetime experience but CFHI’s internship program exceeded far beyond my expectations. I did not only learn the theoretical aspect of different health care systems but I was also able to learn how to practically apply the learned knowledge in my professional practice. The professional development plan and the online tools helped me self reflect and self evaluate on different areas of my personality and helped in guiding way forward for the future. This one month changed my perspective about global health issues for a better cause and I am more determined to continue my journey for the greater good of society. All Thanks to CFHI.”

Driss D.
Driss D. Program's Alumni

“The teachings I received during Dr. Charles Nwobu’s online lectures in Ghana, Dr. Hema Pandey from India, as well as the Director’s Seminars and multinational Global Health Roundtables, I was able to capture the essence of cultural effectiveness and adaptability as the bases of successful collaborative efforts to bring affordable and accessible healthcare for all. Additionally, as an intern under the Outpatient & Community Health Services Department of Village Health Works—an international NGO based in New York and Burundi, I am now using the knowledge I acquired to help build self-reliant community health systems in Kigutu, one of the most remote regions of the country.”


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