GHSC Non-Clinical Summer Experience Checklist


1. Researching Sites: Students should start researching possible summer opportunities once they have declared the Global Health Scholarly Concentration (GHSC).

  • Review GW affiliated site descriptions on the Partners section of the IMP website.
  • Make an appointment to meet with GHSC Track Advisor to discuss options
  • Read previous GHSC reflection papers in the binders kept at the IMP Office.
  • Contact upperclassman GHSC students to ask them about their experiences.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Professional Enrichment to ask questions about scholarships/funding.
  • Research the region’s safety and security as well as medical risks (advice will be provided during GHSC Orientation)

GW affiliated sites that accept MS1 for an 8-week non-clinical summer experience:


University of Ghana Medical School – Accra, Ghana
Nyumbani (Lea Toto Program) – Nairobi, Kenya
Omnimed – Mukono, Uganda
CFHI Site – Uganda & South Africa


Khon Kaen University – Khon Kaen, Thailand
Hallym University – Seoul, South Korea
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (MGMCH) - Jaipur, India
Nippon University – Tokyo, Japan
Bhutan Foundation – Bhutan
CFHI Site – India


Mission Interuniversitaire de Cooperation Des Eschanges Franco-Americains (MICEFA) - Paris, France
University of San Pablo – Madrid, Spain


Sabin Vaccine Institute - Minas Gerais, Brazil
Universidad Latina de Costa Rica – San Jose, Costa Rica
Universidad San Francisco de Quito –Quito, Ecuador
Project MEDISHARE - Thomonde, Haiti
Destiny University School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
NAMRU-6 (Naval Medical Research Unit-6) – Lima, Peru
CFHI Site – Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico


Alexandria University School of Medicine - Alexandria, Egypt
Jordan Hospital - Amman, Jordan
TRAD Hospital - Beirut, Lebanon
University of Balamand – Beirut, Lebanon


2. Applying to Sites: Work with your GHSC Track Advisor to apply to an affiliated site as each application process may vary slightly.

Non-Affiliated Sites: If a student chooses a non-affiliated site, he/she will have to submit a separate application for approval. Completed applications must be approved by the GHSC Director in order for the student to travel abroad. Application includes the following:

  • Site Name
  • Site Contact Information: Website, address, phone number, email
  • Mentor Information: Bio and CV
  • Site Report: Background of site; source of accreditation; capacity; internship description; program fees, payment methods; past participant testimonials
  • Site Support: Internship coordination and on-site support; accommodations; in-country transportation; safety and security protocols (emergency procedures and transportation criteria)
  • Medical or safety concerns of the site and specific region
  • Letter of Acceptance from Site Mentor: specific information regarding the project, supervision structure, and the student’s responsibilities

January - March

3. HS Scholarship: The OSPE will provide guidelines for the Health Services Scholarship in January and everyone is encouraged to apply.

  • Work with scholarly concentration mentor for academic/professional guidance on the proposal.
  • Work with IMP schoarly concentration advisor for additional advice (and examples of successful proposals).
  • Make sure proposal follows all selection criteria and has a strong scholarly component.
  • Submit the scholarship application to OSPE by mid-March deadline.
  • A committee of GW faculty will provide feedback and final decision by late April.


4. Non-Clinical Summer Experience Proposal: All students participating in a summer internship must submit a proposal to IMP for review. HS Scholarship applicants can submit their same scholarship application in place of this proposal. Otherwise, the proposal must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Personal interest in this project/relevant experience/relevant to your long term goals
  • The content, structure, learning objectives, and expected time frame of the project/experience
  • The objective or intent of the project (how this project will impact the healthcare community)
  • Organization/on-site mentor including contact information
  • 12 font and double spaced


5.  IRB Approval: Students who are conducting human research should consult with their mentor if they require IRB approval. If the student plans to publish and present his/her research, this IRB approval must be attained before the experience starts.

April - May

6.  Final Approval and Pre-Departure Requirements

  • Attend mandatory safety/security lectures
  • Take the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety online workshop
  • Upload mandatory travel documents through the GW Passport Website. One important document is the IMP Communication and Safety Plan in which the student has to include the following information:
    • Name:
    • Dates Traveling:
    • In Country Emergency Contact:
    • Transportation While In Country:
    • Hospital Contacts:
    • Medical Precautions:
    • Accommodations:
    • Communication Plan with GW
    • Security/Evacuation Plan:


7. All students must upload their final project proposal to Blackboard by May. HS Scholarship applicants can submit their same scholarship application in place of this proposal.


8. Reflection Papers: Email the GHSC track advisor for reflection paper guidelines


9. Global Health Scholarly Concentration Roundtable Discussion: Facilitated by faculty, this mandatory academic discussion will allow students to reflect on their experiences and global health.