Medical Internships

As one of our medical interns in Peru, you will work in one of our local medical clinics or hospitals. Medical internships are available in every major field depending on your level of experience, we also offer more general internships where you will be assigned to a doctor or technical nurse and support them in their morning or afternoon tasks. A high level of Spanish proficiency is critical to getting more out of your medical internship in Peru, and will give you the opportunity to work and rotate in all areas of your clinic placement.

View our standard medical placements below, or contact us if there is another specialised field you'd like to intern in.

Doctor's Assistant & Nursing icon internship Proyecto Peru

Project Profile

  • Field: Medical
  • Type: Internship
  • Minimum stay: 4 weeks
  • Working hours: You will work from Monday to Friday from 8am until 1/2pm
  • Spanish: Intermediate
  • Donation: $15 every week
doctor's assistant

Project description

Within the Doctor's Assistant & Nursing project you will be placed in a clinic. You get the opportunity to shadow doctors and nurses, observe activities and working methods and get an idea of the Peruvian healthcare system.

In this project, you will rotate through the different departments of the clinic. You will get the chance to work in Maternity, Dentistry, Psychology, Obstetrics and more.

Moreover, you can support health campaigns. You will visit the so called "camps" and villages to give vaccinations and inform people about healthcare.

Please note that the amount of work and the level of responsibility you get is very dependent on your Spanish level and attitude.

Especially in a medical environment, it is essential to first gain some trust with the doctors and nurses, so being able to communicate properly in Spanish will help you gain their trust and confidence. Being proactive and taking initiative is also highly appreciated.

Medical Project

Tasks

  • Observe the clinic, its activities, and working methods
  • Shadow doctors and nurses
  • Support in administrative work
  • Support the doctors and/or nurses
  • Make recommendations about the patients
  • Support in health campaigns: visit the camps and give vaccinations (optional)

Work gear

Make sure to pack your scrubs!

Good to know

Volunteers and interns with a higher level of Spanish will normally be given more opportunities to move around the different areas within their clinic.

Physiotherapy icon internship Proyecto Peru

Project Profile

  • Field: Medical, Healthcare
  • Type: Internship
  • Minimum stay: 4 weeks
  • Working hours: You will work from Monday to Friday from 8am until 1/2pm
  • Spanish: Intermediate
  • Donation: $50 once
Physiotherapy

Project description

In this physiotherapy project you will work at a school for children with disabilities. The main goal of this project is to improve the children's autonomy and functional capabilities to make them happier and more independent!

The Special Education Center has around 58 Children. Besides these children, they take care of more than 35 children outside the centre, who live in other institutions.

3 professionals are focused on the education of the children outside of the centre. Within the Centre, more than 11 professionals take care of and educate the children with disabilities. The team of professionals consists of teachers, therapists, physicians, language specialists, nutritionists, and doctors.

In this project, you will primarily observe and support the physiotherapist. You will help the therapist with evaluating, developing, and executing physiotherapy programs for children with disabilities.

Physiotherapy Project

Tasks

  • Take care of the children
  • Organize and support in daily activities
  • Shadow and observe physiotherapists
  • Assist and support physiotherapists: Evaluating, developing, executing physiotherapy programs

Good to know

Project is closed during school holidays: January & February July 26th - August 15th

Be patient, proactive, and take initiative!

Psychology icon internship Proyecto Peru

Project Profile

  • Field: Medical, Healthcare
  • Type: Internship
  • Minimum stay: 4 weeks
  • Working hours: You will work from Monday to Friday from 8am until 1/2pm
  • Spanish: Intermediate
  • Donation: $50 once
doctor's assistant

Project description

Within the Psychology project you will be placed in the psychology department of a clinic. You get the opportunity to shadow a psychologist and observe activities and working methods to get an idea of the Peruvian healthcare system.

In this project you will primarily shadow, observe, and assist the psychologist. You will support the psychologist in administrative work and make recommendations about the patients.

Optionally, you will work on educational campaigns. Unfortunately, domestic violence is still a serious problem in Peru. With these campaigns, you will visit families and go into the street to talk with people about these topics.

Please note that the amount of work and the level of responsibility you get is very dependent on your Spanish level.

Especially in a medical environment, it is essential to first gain some trust with the psychologists, so being able to communicate properly in Spanish will help you gain their trust and confidence. Being proactive, and taking initiative is also highly appreciated.

Psychology Project

Tasks

  • Shadow and observe psychologists: their activities and working methods
  • Support in administrative work
  • Assist and support the psychologist
  • Make recommendations about the patients
  • Educational campaigns (optional)

Good to know

With a minimum of 3 months of related study and experience, there is an opportunity to intern in a youth detention centre or women protection centre.

Be proactive and take initiative!

Midwifery icon internship Proyecto Peru

Project Profile

  • Field: Medical
  • Type: Internship
  • Minimum stay: 4 weeks
  • Working hours: You will work from Monday to Friday from 8am until 1/2pm
  • Spanish: Intermediate
  • Donation: $15 every week
Midwifery

Project description

Within the Midwifery project you will be placed in the maternity department of a clinic.

With this project you specialize in maternity, you will shadow and observe midwives and assist and support them.

Moreover, you will prepare materials, support in administrative work, support in the check-ups, and keep track of patients. Optionally you will visit the moms (and children) in their homes.


Please note that the amount of work and the level of responsibility you get is very dependent on your Spanish level and attitude.

Especially in a medical environment, it is essential to first gain some trust with the midwives, so being able to communicate properly in Spanish will help you gain their trust and confidence. Being proactive and taking initiative is also highly appreciated.

Midwifery Project

Tasks

  • Observe the Maternity department, its activities and working methods
  • Shadow midwives
  • Assist and support midwives
  • Prepare materials
  • Support in administrative work: admission of incoming patients and history reports
  • Make recommendations about patients
  • Support in controls, keep track of patients, and optionally visit the moms (and children) in their homes

Work gear

Make sure to pack your scrubs!

Good to know

With a minimum of 3 months of related study and experience, there is an opportunity to intern as a midwife's personal assistant.

Be proactive and take initiative!

Dentistry icon internship Proyecto Peru

Project Profile

  • Field: Medical
  • Type: Internship
  • Minimum stay: 4 weeks
  • Working hours: You will work from Monday to Friday from 4pm until 8pm
  • Spanish: Intermediate
  • Donation: $50 once
Dentistry

Project description

With this internship, you will assist the dentist in several areas. These mainly include implantology, ortodontologia, endodoncy, odontopediatria, and more!

You will prepare materials and instruments, observe and advise the dentist, assist in operations, and support the dentist in providing treatments.

Please note that the amount and type of tasks and the level of responsibility you get is very dependent on your Spanish knowledge and level of expertise.

Especially in a medical environment, it is essential to first gain some trust with the dentists, so being able to communicate properly in Spanish will help you gain their trust and confidence. It is appreciated when you are proactive and take initiative!

Dentistry Project

Tasks

  • Prepare materials and instruments
  • Observe and advise
  • Assist in operations
  • Support in providing treatments

Good to know

Be proactive and take initiative!