For students attending the Master programme in Global Health Traineeships

Master's students often have good opportunities to carry out an internship/traineeship abroad, provided that you are registered as a student during the time.

These internships are often unpaid, and you will have to finance the travel and accommodation on your own (Karolinska Institutet CANNOT help you finance them). However, it can be a very good start for your future career.

You should discuss with the person responsible for your programme in advance if it is possible to link the internship with your Master's thesis. Otherwise, you could perhaps apply for an internship during the summer period.

Below you will find links to different organisations that accept internship students - Karolinska Institutet is not responsible for any of these placements. If you are accepted to a placement within the EU (Switzerland excluded, as well as Sweden as you are studying here), it is possible to apply for the Erasmus+ Traineeship.


The Carter Center
Child Family Health International
European Commission
Global Placements (an EU-funded site that collects interns and internships all over the world)
Health Action International (The Netherlands)
International Labor Organisation (Switzerland)
Médecins Sans Frontières (New York HQ)
Novo Nordisk
Pina Palmera, Mexico (volunteers wanted within the field of Public Health Sciences)
UN Women
The World Bank
The World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Food Programme

Erasmus+ Traineeship

As a student at Karolinska Institutet you can apply for the scholarship to do a traineeship period at a company, organisation or a research group at a university within the EU/EES countries. You apply for an Erasmus+ Traineeship Practical Placement scholarship on a first come, first served basis - minimum one month before the planned internship will take place. You can also apply for a traineeship during the summer months. 

European Funding Guide

The European Funding Guide gives you tips on external scholarships to apply for as well as traineeship opportunities in Europe. The service requires a registration but claims to be free of charge (funded with the support of the EC).

HIMSS Scholarship

The HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Foundation annually awards scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and have the potential to be future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems industry.

The Nordic Africa Institute

The Nordic Africa Institute usually announces scholarships for Masters students (regardless of citizenship), intended for research and preparation of research projects in Africa. 


The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control offers a traineeship programme targeted towards recent university graduates (minimum a Bachelor degree) who are at the beginning of a new professional career. The purpose of the programme is to provide trainees with an understanding of the Centre and its role within the activities of the European Union, while also providing an opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and professional experience. Final date to apply is posted online.

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