Internship opportunities

The UC Global Health Institute Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise (WHGE COE) is offering internship opportunities to UC students who are interested in issues of women’s health, gender and empowerment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of this year's internships will be remote.

The Internship Program

Internships have several key benefits and offer students opportunities to gain “real world” perspectives and chances to network, establish relationships with mentors, explore career options and acquire new skills. The WHGE COE will coordinate internship opportunities from health-related and non-profit organizations, government agencies, research centers and university departments. The internship program is overseen by Dr. Melissa Smith,  Deputy Director of Education and Training for the WHGE COE, in collaboration with the COE leadership team and UC faculty liaisons.

Internships are available to all current and former Student Ambassadors throughout the UC system.

How it works

  • The WHGE COE will be awarding five awards of $1,000 for students working for an unpaid internship, but preference is given to low-income students. Low-income status will be determined based on the financial aid the applicant is currently receiving. For example, students with Pell Grants or other need-based grants will qualify as low-income. Low-income applicants should include documentation of such need-based financial aid.
  • When you find an opportunity of interest send your resume, cover letter, one letter of recommendation, and documentation of financial aid (if interested in applying for $1,000 award) to Stephanie Sumstine (, WHGE COE Center Coordinator.
  • If you have interest in more than one opportunity, you can list your top 3 ranked choices in your email.
  • Stephanie will follow up with you to schedule an interview with you and a COE liaison, who will introduce successful candidates to the host organization.
  • Students will be informed of internship placement decisions by April 26th.


Students must be a current or former Student Ambassador from one of the UCGHI Centers of Expertise (Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment or Planetary Health). Internship opportunities may have further qualifications that applicants must meet.

About the WHGE-COE 

The WHGE COE’s mission is to promote justice, equity and scientific advances to reduce gender and health disparities globally. Our core activities focus on assuring safe motherhood, reducing violence against women, improving access to family planning and reproductive technologies, advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, preventing HIV/AIDS and reducing environmental threats to women’s health. As a UC-wide center, we support undergraduate students’ involvement in innovative research projects, programs and policy development activities as part of our effort to train the next generation of global health leaders.