Global Health Internship – Callao, Peru

The Department of Anthropology together with UCF’s International Medical Outreach (IMO) offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in the Global Health Internship in Peru. The location of the Internship is in the seaside community of Callao on the Pacific Ocean coast, in the province of Lima. Offered each Fall and Spring semester, the internship allows anthropology students to experience firsthand medical outreach and to learn about the effects of socioeconomic disparities on health and healthcare provision in Peru.

During the internship semester, the Global Health Intern will enroll in a 3-credit course (ANT 3939 or 3940) and complete readings/assignments with medical anthropology faculty.  The intern will also participate in weekly health training with IMO members.  The internship will culminate in a week-long trip to Peru immediately at the end of the semester.  The intern will participate alongside IMO members in health-related activities, including day-to-day interactions in the community of Callao, hospital visit days, and community health workshops.

The Global Health Intern has a dual role during their time in Peru. In addition to working side by-side with IMO members, the intern will also employ ethnographic methods (interviews and participant observation) to independently collect information and conduct an anthropological assessment in order to improve IMO’s work in Peru.

We seek undergraduate students who are interested in medical anthropology and  global health issues, want to experience healthcare provision in an international and team setting, and would like to contribute to health improvements in an underprivileged community.  Interns must be an Anthropology Major, Medical Anthropology Minor, Cultural Anthropology Minor, or Global Health Certificate Candidate; have a minimum GPA of 3.0; and have a minimum of sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

Please contact Dr. Joanna Mishtal or Dr. Shana Harris for additional information.