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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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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 are generally available at the start of spring semester in January. You will have about a month to complete and submit the online application. The application form will show on this webpage when the next application cycle opens. 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 for further requirements and academic credit.


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