Several times a year, we offer internships to motivated students and professionals who wish to learn about rural healthcare delivery in China and gain valuable clinical and research skills. Participation in a China Cal internship is hard work, but it is hard work that you won’t forget. Before you browse the internship choices for 2013 below, hear about the experiences of former interns using the links below. You can also read about the experiences of our very first intern, Jason Hanley.
- Sahar – University of California at Irvine Undergraduate
- Qin Qin – Medical Student
- Geoff – Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine Resident
If you are interested in interning with us, please fill out an application. After completing the application, please download our waiver of responsibility, sign it, scan it, and return an electronic copy to Vinh Luong (firstname.lastname@example.org), our Director of Recruitment. Please note: all of our internships require a donation fee. This is in addition to the costs of your airfare, local transportation, room and board.
December 2013 Internship:
- Time: December 15 – 30, 2013
- Place: Lincang Prefecture, Cang Yuan County, Yunnan Province, China
- Focus: Pediatric school screenings
- Description: There will be two groups of 10 to 15 interns each; one faculty member will lead each group, and the two groups will work in separate villages screening children for heart disease
- Setting: Cang Yuan County is in the southwest corner of Yunnan Province. It is the home of the Wa minority. The countryside is mountainous and tropical. Living conditions are rugged. Our clinic/residence is just outside of Dali; during the initial days of the internship, you will be housed near or in our clinic.
- Logistics: Faculty from the Kunming Medical University and the University of Minnesota will accompany us. Interns will participate in screening children for heart disease murmurs and in assisting in diagnostic exams of children found to have heart murmurs. Interns, after training and certification, will actively participate in screening the children with their stethoscopes. We plan on screening at least 10,000 children and expect to find about 30 cases of congenital heart disease. China California Heart Watch will provide help to needy families of these children so they can receive necessary surgical and catheter-based interventions.
- Qualifications and Fees: We will accept no more than 25 interns for this activity. To participate, you must qualify. You must be in good health, and you must be in Dali by no later than December 15. You are required to cover the cost of your round-trip air-ticket to Dali, local travel, local room, and meals. We also request a donation of $1600.