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Internships & Opportunities

The Global Health field experience/internship requirement is designed to be flexible and accommodate students’ various interests within the minor program of study. Students may seek out a local, national, or international public or private (NGO) organization at which to conduct their internship/field experience. Alternatively, the field experience/internship could also consist of research conducted under a UO faculty member’s supervision. For our program, “Global Health” means considering matters of health, illness and/or disease from a global, cross-cultural, public, and/or population-level perspective. Therefore, the GH Minor experience/internship may be conducted in Oregon, the U.S., or anywhere around the world.

In line with our interdisciplinary, holistic, and critical approach to Global Health at UO, we encourage students to seek out field experience or internship experiences in community-based and non-clinical settings. Possible field experience sites include: community based environmental or women’s health organizations; non-profit health centers serving under-represented or marginalized populations; health advocacy and policy organizations; and research projects supervised by UO faculty. Specific sites where UO students have conducted their GH field experiences or internships include: Lane County Department of Public Health; Occupy Medical Eugene; the Whitebird Clinic; Planned Parenthood; the National Institutes of Health; the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; and Mercy Corps. Students may also work through GEO, the UO Study Abroad office, to find an appropriate, non-clinical, placement. Students are also encouraged to reach out to GH affiliated faculty about opportunities to collaborate on research projects as a way of fulfilling the GH internship/experiential requirement.

To enroll in internship/field experience units, students will seek out a faculty advisor affiliated with the Global Health program who is willing to supervise a 4 unit, 400-level course in the faculty member’s home department (for instance, INTL 4XX, PHIL 4XX, or ANTH 4XX). Working with their faculty advisor, prior to enrolling in the 400-level course, students will determine what an appropriate final product for their 4-unit internship/experiential course will be (for instance, a research paper, an internship report, a reflection paper, an educational presentation, or a conference poster). We are purposively building in flexibility and latitude to this requirement, so that students can work with their faculty advisor in the GH Minor to determine an experience that suits their interests and future goals. Students should seek guidance on the internship from the Undergraduate Advisors in PLC 304, from their faculty advisor, and/or from the Global Health Program Director prior to enrolling in their internship / field experience credits.

Some points to consider:

  • Per the UO Registrar, 4 credits = 120 hours of experience/work. (These hours include volunteer/internship time and time spent towards the preparation of the final paper/product for the internship/experience.)
  • When applying to the GH Minor, students will include a brief description of their intention for the internship/experiential units, but this may change, in consultation with their faculty advisor, once they are admitted into the Minor.


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