203. Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda

The Massachusetts General Hospital-Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) collaboration joins bio-medical research, academic medicine, and community health initiatives to improve the delivery of rural health care in resource-limited settings.

Website: http://ghcuganda.org

Summer Project:

The Uganda ISURGH program has two components: After a brief orientation, students join peers from MUST in developing and implementing four-week community health improvement projects from the Bugoye Health Center, a rural public clinic along the Uganda-DRC border. The second half of the summer is spent in Mbarara, with students taking the lead on one or two service projects to support ongoing collaboration priorities and gain experience in strengthening health systems at the Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Basic administrative tasks are common and an ability to work independently with minimal supervision is essential. By the end of the internship, we expect students will have acquired an understanding of comparative public healthcare systems of Uganda and international healthcare operations/collaborations.


Successful applicants will have previous international travel or work experience, an ability to work independently with minimal daily supervision, and strong collaboration and cultural skills.


The dates of the internship will be approximately May 28th - August 3rd. The internship begins with a required orientation, which is usually around the last week in May. Interns should arrive a few days ahead of time to get settled. The end date can be more flexible.   

Work Environment:

The Global Health Collaborative is an international collaboration of research scientists, clinicians, and administrators. The I-SURGH students will interact with colleagues from Uganda, the U.S. and other international colleagues. They will also work closely with students from the Mbarara University of Science & Technology and clinic staff from the Uganda Ministry of Health.


On a scale from 0 (very independent) to 10 (very supervised), this internship will be about a 2.5.


Interns stay at the Bugoye Health Center hostel in Bugoye and at the MGH Guesthouse in Mbarara (approx. $25/night for single occupancy, less for double occupancy).

Brief descriptions from the Summer 2017 Fellows:

“This summer, my fellow co-intern and I are interning with the Global Health Collaborative (GHC), an international collaboration between Mass General Hospital and Mbarara University of Science and Technology, that conducts research as well as medical and community-based initiatives to improve health care in Western Uganda. For the first half of the summer, I worked with MUST students to help assess the health challenges of a community in Bugoye sub-county and helped implement a health project focused on reducing the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy while also working at Bugoye Health Center III. While working with MUST students, my co-intern and I additionally assisted with several projects associated with the Bugoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative (BIMI), which is part of the GHC, including GPS mapping the locations of community health workers and collecting records data from Bugoye Health Center III. For the second half of the internship, we are living in Mbarara and helping the Collaborative on various other projects associated with Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital , including organizing a Color Run fundraiser for pediatric oncology at the hospital and creating learning modules for community health workers in Bugoye.” - Sami Strutner

“My co-intern and I worked with multiple programs related to Massachusetts General Hospital and Mbarara University of Science and Technology's work in Uganda. For the first four weeks, we worked in rural Bugoye Sub-County with the Bugoye Integrated Community Case Management Initiative (BIMI), helping to implement a VHT mapping program, as well as participated in the community placement course for MUST Health Science students, working in surrounding villages to design and implement a focused health intervention. The following 4 weeks, will be working in Mbarara town, supporting the MGH-MUST collaborative, BIMI, and other MUST programs.” Austin Valido

Click here for instructions on how to apply.

See also: See All, ISURGH, Africa