Virtual Global & Public Health Internship – Mexico

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 virtual seminars and meetings, interns will explore how communities in Mexico are addressing their most pressing health challenges. 

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:

    • The Mexican health system
    • Inclusion of traditional medicine in the Mexican healthcare system
    • Social, economic, and cultural determinants of health
    • Mental health in Mexico

 

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General information
Country
Mexico Virtual Internships
Focus
Global Health Nursing Hospital & Inpatient Medicine Planetary Health Primary health care Public Health Traditional & Indigenous Medicine
Languages
Advanced Spanish Beginner Spanish Intermediate Spanish
Fees and Duration
4 Weeks - $975
Start Dates
June 3rd, 2024 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 Mexican health system and determinants of health.

Language Required: English, Some Spanish

Minimum Spanish Required: Beginner 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. To provide authentic learning experiences translators are not provided.

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
  • 20-30 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.

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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 students@cfhi.org.

Meet the Local Team

Dr. Magaly Chavez
Dr. Magaly Chavez
Oaxaca Medical Director

Dr. Magaly Chavez- CFHI Oaxaca Medical Director

Dr. Chavez is an expert on socioeconomic determinants of health and healthcare delivery strategies in low-resource settings. She is a general practitioner and works in the Emergency Room in a local hospital. Dr. Chavez has worked with CFHI since 2011 and enjoys teaching students about the healthcare system and healthcare realities in Oaxaca. She has grown personally and professionally from her interactions with CFHI participants, and enjoys being a part of their training as future healthcare workers. In her free time she enjoys reading, dancing and listening to music. Dr. Chavez has also completed several triathlons.

Sandra Rivera
Sandra Rivera
Oaxaca Local Coordinator

Sandra Rivera - Oaxaca Local Coordinator

Sandra has a diploma in Teaching Spanish as a second language from Universidad Autónoma de México. In her free time she enjoys cooking desserts, going to the movies, and spending time with her family. She is an expert on Oaxacan culture and the Spanish language. She is one of the directors of a local language school in Oaxaca, which has been in operation for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in running cultural immersion programs for students and has been working with CFHI since 2004.

Marta Canseco
Marta Canseco
Oaxaca Local Coordinator

Marta Canseco - Oaxaca Local Coordinator

Marta is a certified Spanish instructor and completed her training at Universidad Benito Juárez de Oaxaca and Universidad Autónoma de México. She is also a Dental Surgeon with her own clinic. She loves all music, especially dance music from the 80s.

She is an expert on Oaxacan culture and the Spanish language. She is one of the directors of a local language school in Oaxaca, which has been in operation for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in running cultural immersion programs for students and has been working with CFHI since 2004.

How to Apply

Create a profile

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What alumni say about this program

Franly R.
Franly R. CFHI Virtual Internship Alumni

Working with Child Family Health Internationally was wonderful! I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and awareness about cultural differences, and how to have better interpersonal communication. They provided me with great tools to learn about professionalism and intercultural effectiveness within the global health field during my 4-week virtual internship. I really enjoy the space they created for us to meet doctors and professionals from all over the world to bring awareness to disparities within health systems and global issues.

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