Internship opportunities

The UC Global Health Institute Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise (WHGE COE) is offering internship opportunities to UC undergraduate  students who are interested in issues of women’s health, gender and empowerment.

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 Stephanie Sumstine, WHGE COE Coordinator, the COE leadership team and UC faculty liaisons.

Internships are available to all current University of California (UC) students.

How it works

  • Browse internship opportunities by clicking on each internship
  • The WHGE COE will be awarding up to 11 awards of $1,000 for students working for an unpaid internship, but preference is given to low-income students and historically underrepresented students. Graduate students are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to undergraduate 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 (i.e., screenshot of financial aid award).
  • When you find an opportunity of interest, submit your application with your resume or CV, cover letter, one letter of recommendation, and documentation of financial aid (if interested in applying for $1,000 award) to this survey.
  • If you have interest in more than one opportunity, you can indicate your top 3 ranked choices in your application
  • WHGE COE Center Coordinator, Stephanie Sumstine, 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 late April.


  • Students must be a current UC student.
  • Internship opportunities may have further qualifications set by the host organization 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.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. PT.