Save the Children - Health Internship Programme

Save the Children UK - Health Internship Programme

The recruitment for the Health Internship Programme is now live!

What is the Health Internship Programme?

The Health Internship Programme is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in international health programmes. This one year scheme is designed to enable participants to develop the necessary skills to launch a career in global health with Save the Children.

Criteria for Applicants

An important entry requirement for interns is the ability to improvise and take initiative in the face of unexpected challenges. Interns’ ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, motivate themselves and remain positive and productive in the face of obstacles will greatly enhance the benefits they gain from the internship. Whilst coaches will have been carefully selected and will be supported in their coaching roles, they are busy programme staff members juggling a range of responsibilities in sometimes unpredictable environments. In some cases this may place limitations on their ability to provide extensive support and dedicated time to interns. Interns therefore need to be solution-focused and able to adapt to changing situations.

Person Specification


  • Internationally recognised qualification in public health (MPH or equivalent) or health professional qualification, or demonstrated equivalent level of expertise gained through working in a health programme in a low- or middle-income country
  • Belief in team work and participatory approaches with an ability to motivate and support others
  • Commitment to Save the Children's mission, values and approach (including child protection, equal opportunities and health and safety).
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to think and plan strategically
  • Respect for, and ability to work with, people of different ages and backgrounds
  • Pragmatism, solution-focused and ‘can-do’ attitude
  • Takes initiative and responsibility for own learning and work
  • Willingness to travel to and work in field projects, often in remote locations with limited amenities
  • Ability to be work flexibly and to adapt to different and sometimes difficult situations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English, including proven ability to write concisely and clearly for different audiences
  • IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)


  • Experience of living, working or travelling in low- or middle-income countries
  • Understanding of major issues in maternal, newborn & child health and HIV/AIDS
  • Medical background
  • Ability to work in a language other than English (in particular French or Portuguese)
  • Experience of working or volunteering with children

    You will be provided with a internship allowance of £10,794 pa (gross) and a package that includes flights, accommodation and emergency medical cover.

    More information can be accessed on the Save the Children website at ref.5252

    Countries in which interns might be placed include; Mozambique, Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Vietnam

    How to Apply

    All candidates should apply via the website:

    Applications need to include:

  • a CV of maximum 2 pages
  • a supporting statement of maximum 500 words explaining why you wish to be considered for the Health Internship Programme, and how you expect the programme to contribute to your future career in health
  • a written assignment of maximum 750 words on the following topic: “In many low- and middle-income countries poor people struggle to access health care services. Describe some of the main barriers to access, both at the level of the household and the health system”

    Please note that applications exceeding the maximum page / word allowance will not be considered for shortlisting.

    We are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates from low and middle-income countries.

    Successful applicants will be invited for interview in late August.

    For more information and applications, see: Save the Children - Health Internship Programme Website

    Note: All candidates should apply via the website

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