The Healthy Villages Internship brings together graduate and undergraduate students studying international development, public or global health, and medicine to work alongside rural communities as they are empowered to lead healthier lives. While living side-by-side with community members, interns learn about the social justice and health equity issues these communities face and work in partnership with the community to overcome these barriers. Programs and activities are geared toward issues such as water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and reproductive health. Interns will grow in their understanding of global health as a multi-sectoral and interdisciplinary field, face the challenges of grassroots public health work, and think critically about where they fit as leaders in the movement for global health equity. See the full job description for more details on the role and specific activities. The Healthy Villages summer internship is framed through the following four components of experiential learning:

  • Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Team Building through our internship model.
  • Practical Knowledge and Skill Building in community mobilization, data collection, and health education through the lens of UVP’s Healthy Villages Model.
  • Community Immersion through living in and partnering with a specific Healthy Village.
  • Critical Thinking & Leadership Development through our eight-week Global Health Leadership curriculum.

The Healthy Villages Internship, brings together students of all backgrounds and fields to provide a broad exposure to UVP’s diverse community health programs and engage with theories and practices of public health and international development. Intern teams spend 8 weeks between June and August establishing, sustaining, and monitoring UVP’s public health and advocacy programs throughout Iganga District.</p>

Internship FAQs

We are looking for individuals who are passionate and have experience in public health, medicine, social work, or international development. We give extra consideration to individuals who have prior experience working in developing and low-resource settings. Ideal applicants are those who have a strong interest in international development and/or global health and are looking for a cross-cultural and entrepreneurial opportunity to work in a rural setting. All interns must be at least 18 years old. Successful interns must also be able to live, learn, and work effectively in a rural, resource-limited setting and demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.
Historically, interns have come from all around the world as medical students, graduate students, undergraduate students, and professionals.
The application opens in November for both international and national interns.
National interns must submit their applications by 1st January. In person interviews will be held in Kampala in late January/early February. Accepted and waitlisted interns will be notified by the end of February.
International interns can submit an early application by 15th December to receive a program fee discount. Regular applications are accepted through February 1st and on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
Team Leader Arrival: Sunday, 12th June 2022
Team Member Arrival: Wednesday, 15th June 2022
Departure: Sunday, 14th August 2022
For our Healthy Villages internships, we typically admit 20-25 international interns and 20-25 Ugandan interns. We also keep a waiting list for candidates as space becomes available.
UVP charges a program fee that covers project-related expenses including accommodation in Iganga, project-related transport, and food.  A portion of the fee is a tax-deductible donation that supports UVP's year round programming.
Program Fees:
For 2022, the fees are $2,500 USD ($2,250 USD for early applicants, prior to 15th December) plus a $500 USD refundable deposit for all international interns.
Additional Expenses:
Airfare: $1,600-$2,000 depending on your departure airport and dates
Tourist Visa to enter the country: $50-$100, depending on your travel plans
Travel items, money belt, mosquito repellent, etc.: $100
Immunizations, if you do not have them: $175-$500 for required immunizations of Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, anti-malarial (actual costs vary depending on your travel clinic)
Spending money for trips, souvenirs, and eating out: $200-$500 (more if going on safari)
Travel insurance (mandatory): $25-$100 depending on the level of coverage
DOT-approved motorcycle helmet (mandatory): $30-$50
The price of living in Uganda is relatively low, but can be a bit more expensive if you live like a tourist or take many trips. Many volunteers have fundraised a percentage, if not the majority of these costs, on their own from family, friends, travel grants, and local charitable organizations.
After you are accepted into our internship program, you will be given a timeline for providing acceptance documents and to pay your deposit (typically two to three weeks). We put a significant amount of work into selecting interns from a very competitive pool, orienting and educating interns pre-trip, clearing volunteers with the local government, securing housing, and other project administration activities, which is why we require a deposit to hold your place. The entire deposit is refundable after successful completion of the project - although many interns choose to donate this deposit to UVP to further support the programming which they've worked on!
In the rare event you are unable to participate in the program due to situations beyond your control, deposit refunds are considered on a case-by-case basis. It is extremely rare for us to be able to grant refunds of the deposit if you drop out before leaving for Uganda.
The program fee covers all aspects of the project in which you will participate. This includes preparing for and supporting interns prior to arrival, transportation, accommodation, staff support during the program and food.
A further portion of the program fee is considered a tax-deductible donation which enables us to continue supporting the programming begun in the communities during the internship.

Intercultural Team Structure

Each intern team is composed of six interns: two team leaders and four team members. Teams will consist of 3 Ugandan interns and 3 international interns. Our teams are highly collaborative, led by one Ugandan team leader and one international team leader. Activities and deliverables vary slightly between team type (Launch and Follow Up).

Team Descriptions

Launch Team

Launch Teams help facilitate the start of UVP’s working relationship in one new village. The team initiates a three-year community intervention called the Healthy Villages program and builds on the training of the Village Health Team (VHT), a group of voluntary community health workers in the village, and works with the VHTs to introduce UVP’s programs. Interns will conduct house-to-house baseline surveys and share the results with stakeholders in the village and use the information to guide planning and implementation activities.  

Follow Up Teams

Follow Up teams work with villages at the beginning of their second year in the Healthy Villages program.  Each team of 6 interns will work with two villages to evaluate the efficacy of program initiatives through monitoring and evaluation activities. Interns will continue to build the capacity of VHTs by encouraging innovation in educational approaches tailored specifically to their community. Teams will collect house-to-house follow up surveys and analyze and compare findings from the baseline data to measure the progress of the community and share the information with stakeholders to identify key successes and setbacks of programming.

Why Intern with Uganda Village Project?

We recruit diverse, highly-qualified intern cohorts.

Our interns are undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals that come from various backgrounds and countries and study a range of disciplines related to global health. Many interns are studying (or studied) medicine or public health, as well as peace and conflict, psychology, environmental science, engineering, nursing, and international development. Interns attend (or have degrees from) a variety of public and private institutions of higher learning throughout Uganda, the United States, and the world. While our interns bring a diverse range of experiences, perspectives, and strengths, our cohorts are united by their passion, resourcefulness, and humility.

We include both international and Ugandan volunteers in each team for two reasons: it allows for learning and personal expansion on the part of both Ugandan and international volunteers, and it allows teams to implement projects more effectively, drawing on the strengths of both cultures and educational/experiential backgrounds.

We empower our interns with work that requires a high level of independence, innovation, and adaptability.

Most of our teams will live in a rural Ugandan village up to an hour away from Iganga town. We trust our teams to make many important decisions and plans on their own. While UVP staff will immediately respond to any request for advice or help, we expect a high degree of self-motivation, innovation, and independence from our interns, and we have never been disappointed!

We emphasize a needs-based, community-led approach.

Our teams begin their work in the village with extremely detailed needs assessments utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods (e.g. house to house visits, community meetings, interviews, focus groups, Health Center record inspection). Teams are constantly listening to and engaging with their partner village, working alongside community members, as opposed to viewing them as “targets” of “development implementation.”

We work from theory to praxis.

We choose interns who have an academic background relating to their work in the village. By doing this, we allow interns the rare opportunity to apply what they have learned in school to create appropriate and feasible solutions to local health and development issues. Our program encourages innovative ideas and critical problem-solving skills, while never forgetting that our first commitment is to serve the village community.