Virtual Global & Public Health Internship – Bolivia

Program overview

The Virtual Global & Public Health Internship offers undergraduate, pre-health, and graduate-level participants the unique opportunity to learn foundational, industry-specific skills for careers in Global Health, Public Health, and related fields. Through immersive virtual seminars, interns will delve into the strategies employed by Bolivian communities to address their most pressing health challenges. They will also gain insights into the functioning of the universal healthcare system and the implementation of various health programs in Bolivia. 

Led by the Medical Director, this program will allow interns the opportunity to network with healthcare providers and NGO health professionals in Bolivia. In addition, participants will join weekly Global Health seminars and bimonthly Roundtables, where they can engage with CFHI’s Medical Directors and gain a comparative perspective on Global Health. Upon request, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Areas of focus could include:

    • Bolivian health system
    • SAFCI policy and Mi Salud program
    • Traditional medicine
    • Interculturality and health


General information
Bolivia Virtual Internships
Hospital & Inpatient Medicine Maternal & Reproductive Health Pediatrics & Child Health Planetary Health Primary health care Public Health
Advanced Spanish Beginner Spanish English Intermediate Spanish
Fees and Duration
4 Weeks - $975
Start Dates
July 1st, 2024 August 5th, 2024 September 2nd, 2024 October 7th, 2024 November 4th, 2024

About this program

Who can apply?

CFHI virtual internships are ideal for undergraduates, pre-health students, graduate students, and non-students who have a demonstrated interest in Global Health, Public Health, and related fields. This virtual internship is a good fit for students who have a foundation in Spanish, have an interest in health and medicine and would like to learn about the universal healthcare system and health programs in Bolivia.

Minimum Language RequiredBeginner 1 Spanish or Above

Leading this program on-site are our on-site partners (see Local Team tab), all of whom share Spanish as their native language, but may speak English as well. Most meetings led by the local team will be in Spanish, but CFHI’s local team is able to support and help you through your experience.

Not sure about your Spanish level? View a full list of CFHI’s language levels for all Latin America programs on our Spanish Level Guidelines page.

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.

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
  • 30 hours of Medical Spanish instruction
  • 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

The program requires participants to dedicate 8-12 hours per week to live Zoom sessions. During this time, students participate in lectures, seminars, roundtables and Medical Spanish language classes. Additionally, students may be assigned independent tasks by the local Medical Director and the Spanish instructors team to successfully 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

Meet the Local Team

Dr. Cecilia Uribe de Chavez
Dr. Cecilia Uribe de Chavez
La Paz Medical Director

Dr. Cecilia Uribe de Chavez

Dr. Uribe is a Pediatrician and works in a public hospital in the city of El Alto. She is also president of the Adolescence Committee of the Bolivian Society of Pediatrics. She is an expert in socioeconomic determinants of health in the region and health care delivery strategies in low-resource settings.

Mr. Gonzalo Claure
Mr. Gonzalo Claure
La Paz Local Coordinator

Mr. Gonzalo Claure

Mr. Claure is Supervisor of the Executive Branch at a local language school. The school was started by the U.S. government and has been in existence for over 50 years, still retaining close ties to the U.S. Embassy. Gonzalo manages local recruitment and study abroad programs for universities and agencies in the US. He also creates and maintains academic networks for Bolivian and American universities and higher education institutions. He is an expert in Bolivian culture and Spanish language.

How to Apply

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What alumni say about this program

Christina L.
Christina L. Program Alumni

“This is a wonderful opportunity for any student that desires a cross-cultural internship experience to add to their CV. The support from CFHI and my site preceptor really made me feel engaged, connected, and valued and I felt like I really learned a lot throughout the experience!”


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