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The Sparkman Center is proud to collaborate with international partners in order to offer international global health-related internships and practicum opportunities for eligible UAB students over the summer. These travel awards provide elite educational experiences that enrich UAB students. Internships come with a $3,000 stipend to cover airfare and some living expenses.


Recent internship experiences:

In the summer of 2019, 4 students were selected for internships in Panama, Jamaica, and Nepal. With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, we intially did not think summer internships would be able to move forward. Thankfully, with flexbility and cooperation from our international partners and the students involved, 5 students were able to complete remote global health internships.

Read more about what projects global health interns have worked on recently and how these experiences shaped their current studies and future aspirations:

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2021 Summer Internship Opportunities:

*Note: do not reach out directly to the organizations that will be hosting interns this summer. All applications & placements will be proccessed through the Sparkman Center. If you have questions, email Anna Helova This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Internship with the Aga Khan University Hospital
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2020 Internship Jamaica   Digital Screen Sized
Internship with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC)
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Remote Internship with the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE)
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Internship with the Sunrise Centre with either the Rise Up program or CARE program.
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Eligibility Criteria:

UAB junior or senior undergraduate students (3.25 GPA minimum), graduate, and doctoral students in good academic standing who will be enrolled at the time of travel are eligible for placement. (Domestic and International students are able to apply.)

Application Process:

Applications for summer internship placements have closed. The application form will show on this webpage when the next application cycle opens for Summer 2022. Only electronic applications will be considered. For an application to be considered for selection, all fields need to be completed.

All necessary approvals for the training and potential foreign travel related to this award, including approvals from the UAB Office of Education Abroad and UAB Institutional Review Board if applicable must be obtained prior to the travel start date, but are not required to submit an application. Contact your departmental advisor and in case of School of Public Health students the Office of Public Health Practice at https://www.soph.uab.edu/ophp for further requirements and academic credit.

COVID-19 disclaimer: We will not know until closer to summer whether students will be able to travel to participate in internships on site in Jamaica, Uganda or Kenya (the internship with UNIBE will definitely proceed remotely). This will depend on decisions made at the university level. If travel is not possible, all international partners are onboard for a remote internship experience. Click to read the examples of what remote internships looked like for 5 students last summer.  

Questions or more information:

If you have questions, please contact Anna Helova, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health Program Director; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: (205) 975-7770