The FIMRC Internship Program provides the most driven individuals with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience developing innovative and sustainable solutions to a variety of global health challenges. Two types of internships are offered based on length of stay. FIMRC Ambassadors commit to 1 to 6 months on site and FIMRC Fellows commit to 7 months to a year on site.
As a FIMRC Ambassador/Fellow you will:
- Face the challenges of providing basic health care services in areas with little technological, financial, and/or educational support by designing, executing, and evaluating a self-driven project.
- Gain valuable insight into the inner workings of an international non-profit organization and foreign health care systems.
- Become immersed into the language and culture of your host community, thus gaining an intimate view of how behavior, culture, and economy affect health.
For further information on the internship program please click on the headings below.
- Fast Facts:
- Internships are available in Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, Nicaragua, Peru, Uganda, and FIMRC Global Headquarters in Philadelphia.
- Two types of internships are offered:
- Ambassador Program (1 to 6 month commitment)
- Fellowship Program (7 month to 1 year commitment)
- Applicants do not apply to specific sites but rather the Ambassador or Fellowship Programs in general. Placements are based on the sites' needs, applicants' skill sets, and individual applicant's financial standing.
- Internships are unpaid.
What is a FIMRC Ambassador/Fellow?
FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows are highly qualified and driven individuals who believe that community development and a holistic approach to patient care are essential to improving global pediatric/maternal health services. They commit one month to one year of voluntary service developing sustainable projects at FIMRC Headquarters in Philadelphia or any one of our international project sites.
Where do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows work?
FIMRC Ambassadorships/Fellowships are available at FIMRC Headquarters in Philadelphia and all of our international project sites.
What do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows do?
FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows develop sustainable solutions to common problems that FIMRC partner communities face on a daily basis, such as access to clean water and nutritious foods, HIV/AIDS education, and the improvement of prenatal/postnatal patient services. Most projects involve basic health education and community outreach components. For more information, please see individual project descriptions above.
What is a typical day like?
Each project site maintains its own unique agenda. However, all Ambassadors/Fellows can expect to meet with their staff mentor or community leaders on a weekly basis to discuss project planning, implementation, and analysis. Community meetings and house visits as well as attending to patients at the various partner clinics, hospitals, and health outposts is also an important component of daily life in the field.
What level of staff support do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows receive?
While in the field, Ambassadors/Fellows work closely with the Field Operations Managers and clinic staff. Quite often, community members become important and influential partners in project development and implementation as well.
What is the difference between the Ambassador/Fellow Program and GHVP?
FIMRC's Ambassador/Fellow Program is distinct from the Global Health Volunteer Program in several ways. Primarily, only a handful of internships are offered per year, so the application process is both rigorous and selective. Additionally, Ambassadors/Fellows have a differing level of responsibility on-site and are expected to work in conjunction with staff members on independent projects that contribute to the overall sustainability of the program. Finally, Ambassadors/Fellows must fulfill pre-determined dates of service in order to successfully complete their internship.
What are the benefits of participation in the internship program?
Ask any former Ambassador/Fellow and they will tell you they received much more from the FIMRC experience than they gave. In addition to gaining field experience working within a foreign health system and with an international NGO, participants develop project management and research skills, and benefit from the personal growth that always comes through intensive language and cultural emersion experiences. Many former Ambassadors/Fellows continue on to graduate school, medical school, or careers in NGOs.
What are the internship program participation requirements?
Because of its holistic approach to patient care, FIMRC encourages diversity of backgrounds and experiences among applicants. In addition to students and professionals of community/global health and medicine, those with experience in NGO/business management, psychology, sociology, anthropology and the performing arts are highly encouraged to apply. The ability to work in intercultural settings and comfort with international travel is highly valuable as well.
Do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows need to speak another language ?
There is no language requirement for Project Bumwalukani, Project Kodaikanal or to work at HQ. All those interested in placement in Central or South America must have conversational Spanish. FIMRC’s national partner, Language Tailor, provides language assessments for Ambassador/Fellow candidates and is an excellent resource to look into for Spanish language training.
What is the minimum/maximum time commitment?
Ambassadors commit 1 to 6 months of service. Fellows commit 7 months to 1 year of service. This time may be split between HQ and an international project site.
Why do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows have to pay to work voluntarily?
Ambassadors/Fellows are very special and important members of the FIMRC family. We understand that due to their extended commitment to working in the field, personal financial situations can become complicated. We therefore offer rates that reflect our gratitude for the long-term support. Pricing can be discussed once an applicant is involved in the recruitment process.
What are the living/lodging costs involved?
Living costs vary depending on the project site. Pricing will be discussed once FIMRC Staff has identified the location of the internship.
How do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows fund their travel?
Past participants have funded their service through the assistance of family, friends, church groups, school associations, scholarships, and loans. While FIMRC cannot offer financial assistance to Ambassadors/Fellows, we strive to make the experience affordable by greatly reducing costs.
Do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows need to purchase travel insurance?
Travel insurance is only necessary if the current insurance plan does not provide emergency evacuation from foreign countries. FIMRC has partnered with Worldwide Risk Management (WRM) to assist in providing Ambassadors/Fellows with adequate international travel and medical insurance. WRM specializes in providing international health insurance to mission groups, volunteer organizations, and individuals traveling overseas for missions and humanitarian relief. FIMRC and WRM would like to suggest the Outreach Travel Medical Insurance product as the most appropriate insurance plan for your traveling needs. It is designed for the individual short term volunteer traveling for five days and up to 12 months. Outreach Travel provides medical benefits, emergency evacuation, terrorism coverage, natural disaster benefits, trip interruption, and lost luggage benefits. These are just a few highlights. For more thorough information, click here to read the full brochure. If you would like to get a quote or are ready to purchase, click here.
Do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows need a Visa?
The requirements of each partner country are different. For more information, please see individual project descriptions above. Ambassadors/Fellows who are not U.S. citizens must check with their consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required for travel. It is the responsibility of all Ambassadors/Fellows to read and act upon all of the information provided by FIMRC, in order to ensure safe and legal passage.
Do FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows need any vaccinations?
In some cases, vaccinations will be necessary. Please click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most current vaccination recommendations.
Will FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows be safe?
FIMRC takes the safety and security of all participants very seriously. We strive to provide secure housing and transport at all locations and provide orientation on the norms of the country to ensure that Ambassadors/Fellows do not mistakenly put themselves at risk. Close contact with community leaders ensures that in-country staff is aware of any potential situations that could compromise participants’ safety, thus allowing them to be proactive in taking the necessary precautions. However, traveling to a developing country involves inherent risk and the Ambassador/Fellow must take full personal responsibility to mitigate potential risks. It is also highly recommended that participants register themselves with the US Embassy in the country of service.
- How to Apply:
Submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Personal statement of interest including dates of availability (no more than 500 words)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Application Deadlines:
Should you have any questions regarding application deadlines, please contact email@example.com for further information.
- Fall: July 15
- Winter: September 15
- Spring/Summer: February 15