Internship – ABC’s for Global Health Training Program


ABC’s for Global Health Training Program


Goals: To engage and train passionate learners in providing high impact global immersion projects directly to the communities in the Philippines. Training allows individuals to grow, to nurture and be nurtured, connect with people and hone down on leadership, communications and forging relationships with people in the communities, educational institutions and public/private leaders.


What is required:


  • Interest or passion in global health projects with emphasis on chronic disease prevention, management, education and research ;//
  • Longitudinal commitment:  Summer commitment is 1-month starts around June 15- July 15. During the year- a 1 year commitment of about 2-3 hrs /week to develop educational modules, videos, curricular planning, coordinating fundraising efforts, help create and deliver lectures or presentations.  This can be done remotely with conferences with mentor as needed.
  • Junior and Senior high school students, undergraduate, medical students, MPH or PHD students, PA and NP students, dental and pharmacy students, recent graduates from college or master’s program
  • Internship is available all year round or a one-month immersion in the Philippines with the medical mobile clinic going directly to the villages, to administer health care, education, prevention and research on chronic diseases. Opportunities to engage in mobile technology like telemedicine and SMS texting to follow chronic disease patterns and outcomes are also available.
  • Background in any of the following: writing, journalism, documentary videos and films, computer work, Ed tech, analysis of data, medical informatics, graphic design, leadership, statistical work, creation of educational programs for learners, program development, educational presentations, socio-cultural advocacy
  • Summer program of a month requires a contribution of $ 1000 to cover food and accommodations in the Philippines for 1 month. Interns cover their airfare ( around $1000-1200 round trip) and leisure time in case they like to see other islands in the Philippines


Intern Responsibilities


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Apply organizational and writing skills to the development and implementation of global health initiatives or programs
  • Develop advocacy and educational resources
  • Identify elements of good curriculum design
  • Assist with development of training programs, organizational strategic plans
  • Contribute to cutting-edge programs in development
  • Develop leadership skills by enhancing awareness of different leadership styles
  • Adopt and enhance good interpersonal skills
  • Contribute to Big Data – collection and data analytics
  • Incorporate educational innovations


Qualifications and requirements include:

  • Strong initiative and motivation
  • Reliability
  • Resilience
  • Flexibility
  • Cultural diversity and sensitivity
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Passionate interest in global health
  • Willingness to learn and teach
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail-oriented work style
  • Proficient in multitasking
  • International experience is a plus
  • Other types of interests and skill sets are also welcomed, including:
    • Statistical analysis
    • Epidemiology
    • Public Health/population health studies
    • Big Data
    • Telemedicine
    • Social media usage to improve health care
    • Graphic design
    • Film editing and production
    • Curriculum development in areas such as: Nutrition, Exercise program, leadership. Communications, Technology, Water and Sanitation, Dental Prevention, Malnutrition, Establishing international linkages


What do you derive from the global training and volunteerism?


  • Individual and group fulfillment
  • Creation of meaning and sense of purpose
  • Training which may provide further assistance in your career trajectory
  • Establishing linkages with institutions, leaders and people
  • Opportunity to help others
  • Develop lifelong relationships and friendships
  • A Certificate


Call for Mentors and Femtors:


We need mentors and femtors in the following areas:


Healthcare: doctors, nurses, PA’s and NP’s, pharmacist, dentist, social workers, psychologist, interns and residents in Medicine or Surgery, advanced medical students, grad students like (MPH) and advanced PA and NP students.  Areas of interest are CV health, Education, Social outreach, leadership, pharmacy organization and dental prevention.

IT and Data analysis

Qualitative Research

Quantitative Research



Communication skills



This mentoring/femtoring program is unpaid. It will be an opportunity for leaders to share their expertise and make a difference in learner’s trajectory and purpose.


Narratives from trainees, Femtors and Mentors and Volunteers:

This is where volunteers, trainees and femtors and mentors will upload their experiences. One paragraph summary( about 500 words)


  • Name, Institution and a link to your narratives
  • Narrative will consist of when and where you did your internship, volunteer work or summer program.
  • What was the focus of your project, In few sentences summarize your contribution
  • What was learned?
  • How will you engage future trainees?
  • When will you return to learn, teach or share your experiences
  • What do you consider success with what you experienced




Name Jenssy Rojina, medical student form OSHU wrote a narrative_______ ( about 500 words)


Available training tracks:

For Trainees, Mentee/Femtee

  1.  All year internship:


  • Commitment is one academic year to start June to June.  
  • An average of 2 hrs per week commitment on projects designed by mentors/femtors in collaboration with the mentees/femtees
  • One month immersion project in the Philippines
  • Poster presentation or presentation to workshops, seminars of group
  • Activities may involve creating training materials for community education, helping improve educational curriculum for communities and trainees in the US or Philippines
  • Helping run leadership workshops and seminars
  • Data analysis
  • Epidemiological analysis
  • Research
  • Advocacy programs
  • Fundraising programs


  1.  Summer global health immersion program
  • One month of community work in the Philippines
  • Preplanning of projects starts around February and March
  • Creation of project by May,  so by June, the project is ready to go in the Philippines
  • Projects must be in alignment with ABC’s for Global Health goals in treating chronic non -communicable diseases, prevention, education and research.
  • Must identify a mentor/femtor and work with that mentor prior to going to the Philippines


III.  Short term projects


  • Creating videos
  • Data Analysis
  • Grant application
  • A research project
  • Med Scholar or Capstone Projects on chronic diseases, medical education, community education, use of technology for prevention etc
  • Website design
  • Creating educational models


  1. Areas of Interest
  • Diet program-create educational videos, cooking class, informational flyers
  • Physical activities/Exercise program- create informational flyers, videos and classes
  • Creation of videos- to capture people’s stories
  • Dental hygiene and prevention of caries and gingivitis
  • Malnutrition program- identify people who are malnourished  or at risk and establish programs and solicit donors like Feed my Starving children
  • Electronic Medical Records/Open MRS –improving what we already have
  • Diabetes management and prevention, create educational programs, informational flyers, program to enhance adherence to meds, diet and exercise, creation of a registry
  • Hypertension management and prevention, create educational programs, informational flyers, programs to enhance adherence to medications and follow up
  • Hyperlipidemia management, prevention, create educational flyers and videos,
  • Use of creative social media platform to enhance what we are doing
  • Telemedicine
  • Disaster and Emergency training-triage, CPR
  • Medical Mobile Clinic- how to improve the delivery of care and measure outcomes




Commitment one to two years or ongoing indefinitely


Must submit your brief bio and CV to be uploaded at ABC’s for Global Health Website:

Mentors/Femtors needed in the following specialties:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Public Health /Population Health
  • Community education
  • Medical/Nursing/pharmacy education
  • Dental
  • Film/Video creation
  • Fundraising
  • Curriculum design
  • Research
  • CV diseases
  • Physical therapy/Exercise/Physical Activities
  • Nutrition
  • Leadership
  • Communication –establishing relationship with the community, peers, institutions, giving and receiving feedback
  • Bid Data/IT/Medical Informatics



Latha Palaniappan, MD –  Research skills

Len Smith, MD     IT/Medical Informatics/Open MRS

Leo Celi  MD Bioinformatics  MIT/Harvard

Julieta Gabiola, MD  Internal Medicine, Chronic disease models, Mobile Clinic

Alicia Fortalezza, RN, BSN  Creating organizations, curriculum development

Marife Sevilla  RN, BSN  Leadership, Human Rights, Robotics

Melinda Bender RN BSN, PH D  Research in Nursing and chronic diseases

Jane Lombard, MD Cardiology , Women’s health

Erica Weirich, MD Family Medicine  Global Health Research

Eddie Atwood, MD Cardiology

Maria Beebe , PHD  Global Health

Tom Beebe PHD Qualitative research

Bing Yamat DDS  Dental treatment and prevention

Galena and Michael Nasakin DDS – dental treatment and prevention

Ching Kay Chow-  Telemedicine

My Le- Computer Engineer  Engineering for Good

Mary Christensen  RN- Population Health



Dante Morales,MD Cardiology Chronic Diseases research

Al Santos, MBA   Business organization

Leo Po – MBA Business Mentor


JB Eudela: Film

Iris Isip Tan  , MD Medical Informatics

Alvin  Marcelo, MD Medical Informatics

Jundelle Romulo  Biostatistics

Dr. Dax Tidula: Family Medicine

Dr. Luis Calingo:  Leadership and education


How to apply for training, internship and volunteer work:


Go to:


Send a resume or CV to

A letter of intent and purpose and what you like to work on


Positions: summer internship June 15-July 15 ( may vary slightly) each year

All year training- about 2-3 hrs a week commitment, one week intense medical mission work( after January 6th –Monday to Friday medical mission   or  around June 15-22 )

Applications are entertained on a rolling basis.

Since we only have volunteers, responses will be coordinated my emails.  Applications are reviewed. Volunteers and interns and mentors/femtors will be invited for a phone interview after the applications are reviewed.