Graduate Global Opportunities
International Health Concentration (IHC)
The IHC is designed to educate students about international health issues and provide an opportunity for practical hands-on experience. The concentration promotes multidisciplinary prevention over treatment and community-based service over institutional care. Students in any U-M School of Nursing Master’s program are eligible to add the IHC to their degree by completing two additional classes and a substantive overseas internship or service. For more information, please visit the Master's Concentration Options page.
Peace Corps Option
Students may fulfill the practical requirements of the IHC by incorporating Peace Corps service into their MS program to complete a Peace Corps Master's International. The Peace Corps funds travel and living expenses, offers health and dental coverage, and arranges for student loan deferral during the 27-month term of service.
The Office of Global Outreach recommends checking with nursing faculty regularly engaged in global research projects that may coincide with your academic interests as there may be opportunities to integrate work on such projects with a required course or clinical integration. Please visit the Faculty Global Engagement page to learn more about faculty members and their geographic and clinical areas of experience.
Special Research Opportunities
Internal to U-M
This week-long workshop, funded by a 3-year Rackham Global Engagement for Doctoral Education grant, focuses on state of the science in health promotion and chronic illness management, substantive and methodological innovations and will include presentations by faculty and students from UMSN and our global partners. These seminars are designed to prepare PhD students to develop and evaluate innovative interventions that address global health needs.
U-M Center for Human Growth and Development: Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program
This NIH-funded program is dedicated to increasing the presence of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Students who are accepted embark on three-month research positions with U-M faculty to international placements where they conduct their research.
This is an 11-month clinical research training program for post-doctorate trainees and doctoral students in the health professions, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center (FIC) in partnership with several NIH Institutes and Centers. The U-M is one of four consortium universities in partnership with this program.
Internships and Service Opportunities
Like research opportunities, internship and service (e.g. volunteer) engagements provide a broad range of opportunities to those graduate students who can make a commitment of their time to gain the global experience. These opportunities are available through U-M affiliated units as well as through a number of other accredited colleges, universities and external organizations.
U-M Affiliated Organizations
Peace Corps Service: Peace Corps Masters International Option - As described above under Curriculum, Masters students can gain global experience through adding the International Health Concentration with a Peace Corps option to their degree.
William Davidson Institute (WDI): Global Impact Internships - Housed in the Ross School of Business, the William Davidson Institute offers internships to students from across the University in one of two programs. In the first, students are responsible for setting up the internship, and can then apply to WDI for grants of up to $10,000 to fund their internship. Placements must be located in developing countries and are encouraged to focus on the business of healthcare. The second program consists of internships with organizations with which WDI already has affiliations. These are available on a rolling basis and come with awards of up to $10,000 plus up to $1500 for travel to and from the internship site.
U-M Student Organizations
To see a list of U-M student organizations, download: Student Organizations
Download the list linked to below to learn about the opportunities available through accredited colleges and universities and external organizations that are known to U-M Education Abroad Office and the International Career Pathways network.
Another useful resource is the U-M International Center's Education Abroad Office, which serves as a clearinghouse for information on a broad range of education abroad options (e.g., study, internships, volunteering, etc.).
International Career Guidance
The U-M International Career Pathways network hosts events for undergraduates, graduating seniors and graduate students interested in working, interning or volunteering abroad or working in an international career:
- The International Opportunities Fair provides students the opportunity to meet with and obtain information from organizations and recruiters from around the world.
See and Hear More Via YouTube
For those who would like to learn more about global opportunities from the voices of faculty and students, you are encouraged to visit the YouTube channel, MGoAbroad, sponsored by the U-M International Center. Whether you're thinking about an eventual international career or simply interested hearing student panels discuss their experience during a term abroad, these YouTube videos provide some insights from the voice of the global traveler: MGoAbroad