Medical Internships in Sri Lanka

Interning on a Medicine & Healthcare internship in Sri Lanka is an eye-opening experience. As a Medicine & Healthcare intern you will be able to experience a variety of departments in a country where the facilities are generally of a basic standard. You have to be at least 18 years old to participate in a Medicine & Healthcare project in Sri Lanka.

We have Medicine internships based in Balapitiya, Galle, Kalubowila, and Kalutara. Your exact role within the hospital will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort that you show to the local staff. On arrival you will be introduced to your supervisor, whose role is to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your placement.

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Projects Abroad organizes regular medical outreach work and workshops for our medical interns. On a monthly basis, you will travel to a local town to perform basic medical checks on the community, supervised and supported by qualified doctors. This provides you with the opportunity to get involved with some valuable public health work in a community based environment. We will also arrange for you to help by visiting schools and centers to give presentations and raise awareness about various healthcare issues.

In addition to this outreach work, Projects Abroad organizes monthly seminar workshops for medical interns held by a local doctor. Here you will learn more information about any procedures you have encountered at the hospitals and can ask any questions you may have.

Medicine Internships in Sri Lanka

Medical Experience Interning in Sri Lanka with Projects Abroad

Medicine interns normally work in a variety of departments on a two week rotation system. The most common departments our interns observe are General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternity, ENT, and Pediatrics. It is also possible to spend a few days interning in Neurology, the morgue, Rheumatology, and the chest clinic. If you let us know your particular interests, we can usually arrange for you to intern within your preferred areas.

There are also opportunities to spend time at a hospital specializing in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This will give you a well-rounded understanding of medicine and healthcare in Sri Lanka.

Anne Gleason
Volunteer Profile
  • Name: Anne Gleason
  • Project & Country: Medicine - Sri Lanka
My medical internship with Projects Abroad inspired my career in health care. The doctors and nurses at Nagoda hospital patiently explained each procedure, discussed common diseases and treatments, and taught me about the socioeconomic and cultural dimensions to health care in Sri Lanka. Two years later, I returned to Sri Lanka and collaborated with Projects Abroad staff to establish a community health and school nutrition project in a rural village. Since July 2007, the Healthy Community Curry Kitchen has been providing daily school lunch and bi-monthly community health clinics and education. I am currently pursuing a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner and plan to work in medically underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad.


Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Midwifery Internships in Sri Lanka

Medical volunteer

If you wish to help in Sri Lanka as a qualified dentist, physical therapist, nurse, or midwife, the hospitals and clinics we work with will be happy to receive you. If you are currently training, or even just considering one of these areas as a future career, you can still have a role to play shadowing professionals who will be able to teach you all about their field.


Medical Elective Placements in Sri Lanka

You can do an Elective in Sri Lanka in Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Midwifery

If you are currently enrolled in medical school and wish to do your elective in Sri Lanka, you will most likely be working in a large hospital, an hour outside of Colombo. You will shadow one of our supervising doctors who are all very experienced at working with medical and healthcare students, as they always have a large number of native students in training there. They will be eager to test out your knowledge, as well as give you the benefit of their training and experience.

Outside of the hospital you will live with a local host family, who will provide you with all your meals outside of your normal working hours. When you are not at work there is plenty to do in the local area, including visits some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia, and there is always a substantial Projects Abroad community of volunteers and interns available to spend time with.