Welcome to the magical world of working for the Health and Wellness department at Concordia Language Villages! Every summer, we hire and train a fabulous team of Cross-cultural health interns who gain valuable cultural experience while helping us provide care for our Villagers and staff.
What past interns have said about the program:
My whole perspective has completely changed. I have learned the importance and a new grown passion for holistic healing, getting out of the western medicine tactics, and new ways to interact with those of other cultures.
I am absolutely so thankful for this opportunity as it taught me how to build my own character and be more open-minded to cultures- even appreciate my own more.
I enjoyed meeting people from all over the world; it was so great hearing about so many different experiences. I also enjoyed learning about how healthcare varies from culture to culture.
A main takeaway that I got from this experience is hands-on patient care. Having experience with difficult conversations about mental and physical health will be very useful going forward in my professional career as a doctor. In addition, just getting practice assessing different situations and coming up with a plan of action will be very useful.
This made me even more interested in becoming a traveling nurse and connecting with a variety of people from different places. When working in healthcare, I feel it’s important to be culturally sensitive and understanding to the way of life others may live or do health. We can learn from others and vice versa, so keeping an open mind, in general, is important to all career fields.
Interns come from a wide range of health backgrounds, but all applicants should have interests in gaining clinical skills, learning about different cultures and languages, and broadly exploring issues in global health.
Internships are five weeks (Session 1: June 12-July 16 & Session 2: July 10-August 20), including one week of training and four weeks working in the Village health center alongside a licensed professional. Interns attend weekly seminars on topics such as United Nations development goals, vaccine equity, cultural humility and will complete two small projects. With prior arrangements with your college or university, this internship can fulfill credits for certain programs.
Must have completed at least one year of college
Must be a health major
Two years of camp or youth-related experience and clinical experience preferred
Must be interested in working with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
Starting at $325 per one-week period, plus room and board.
Internship hiring schedule
Dec 19: Applications open
Jan 15: Interviews begin and offers extended and continue on a rolling basis
May-June: Virtual health center training opportunities begin (specific dates TBD)