Impilo Phambili Public Health Internship in Cape Town, South Africa

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Impilo Phambili Public Health Program
102H Building 20, Waverley Business Park, Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa
Africa, PA
Application Deadline: October 31, 2014
Position: 4 Full-time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 12/29/14 — 01/16/15

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Gain Public Health Experience in South Africa!
December 29, 2014 - January 16, 2015

Applicable Fields of Study/Interest:
• Public Health/Health/Health Promotion
• Pre-med
• Nutrition
• Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology
• Anthropology
• Behavioral Health/Psychology
• Other related field

Make an impact in the lives of others while experiencing your own life-altering journey. The breathtaking city of Cape Town proffers the unique dichotomy of the exceedingly underserved communities scattered among the splendid European-like African city. With seven native languages and exceedingly deeply-rooted cultures, South Africa is rich in diversity and unique complexities. The challenges your work to overcome for the health and wellness of the township residents are sure to be profoundly rewarding.

This faculty-led internship program features an array of field work in the fields of public health, specifically health promotion, and pre-med with a focus on both chronic and acute diseases. Interns perform research in the townships alongside established South African NGO’s making remarkable impacts. The scope of the research is developed directly by the interns under the guidance of the Impilo Phambili program director. The interns meet with township residents in various venues, such as treatment centers, homes, and public meeting grounds. Each day is a new experience for the intern, as continuous rotations are made among the various NGO programs. The research, exposure, and learning experience of the health care status for the township residents culminates into health promotion workshops developed and conducted, in part, by the interns.

The valuable experiences gained though the Impilo Phambili internship program include field work and direct access to township residents, research, and a unique profundity of health status and care on a global scale. The first week of the program is comprised of an exciting orientation and tour of the city of Cape Town. Lessons on the history and culture of South Africa, including Xhosa language classes and public health status, are provided. Training on basic nutrition, wellness, and medical treatment/care is also delivered to the interns.

If interested, please email your CV and a brief paragraph describing your interest to the program director at:


Conduct reserach in the field, work directly with community members, coordinate with a number of local organizations, reveiw and analyze research quickly, implement research into workshops, conduct workshops


Applicable Fields of Study/Interest: Public Health/Health/Health Promotion, Pre-med, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology, Anthropology, Behavioral Health/Psychology, or Other related field
Must be good with people, sensitive to other cultures, a dedication to public health care equality, motivated to learn and teach

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