The Rice 360° Global Health Technologies Summer Internship Program gives Rice University undergraduate students – both science and non-science majors – first-hand exposure to health care in resource constrained settings. In partnership with clinics, universities, and organizations working in low and middle income countries, the internships allow students to tackle global health design challenges in a real-world setting.
Watch our summer 2020 student interns work together virtually to improve COVID-19 technologies from design studios in Tanzania and Malawi.
February 26, 2021: Applications Due
March 5, 2021:
Notifications for interviews
March 10, 2021:
March 12, 2021:
Notified of Selection
March 26, 2021:
Acceptance Documents Due
TBD based on intern availability
June 7– July 16, 2021
Internship Application & Requirements
Internships have been held in a number of national and international locations. In the past, our students have worked in Malawi, Brazil, and Tanzania among other locations. For the 2021 Rice 360° Internship, student interns will collaborate with global partners on global health design projects at their home institution. Through the internship, students improve their understandings of the constraints under which healthcare is provided in resource-constrained settings and design innovative solutions.
Through global health collaboration with peers and global partners, intern responsibilities include:
Design ideation and evaluation for at least one assigned Rice technology
An assigned site specific project
A project of their choice, which offers an additional opportunity to test their creativity
Identifying five novel needs or technology proposals for Rice 360° to adopt as future projects
Interns are expected to work 8 hours per day M-F for a total of 40 hours per week. Scheduled internship activities will only occur M-F. Recognizing that the Rice 360° Internship will involve extensive collaboration across time zones, meeting hours may vary.
Historically, the Rice 360° internship is not a paid experience. However, given the pivot to a virtual internship format that does NOT include international travel costs and living stipends, interns will be compensated $3,000 for the six-week, full-time experience. Additional details on stipend support will be shared with intern offer letters.
If you are concerned about your ability to participate in the program due to financial circumstances, please email Ashley Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible Applicants must:
Be undergraduate students in good standing at Rice University
Have successfully completed at least one of the core courses in the Global Health Technologies minor by the start of the internship and received at least a ‘B’ in the course. Courses that qualify include:
GLHT201 Bioengineering and World Health
GLHT360 Appropriate Design for Global Health
GLHT461/462 Global Health Design Challenges
A global health project in BIOE451/452 Bioengineering Senior Design
A global health project in ENGI 120 Introduction to Engineering Design
A global health project in NSCI 120 Introduction Research Challenge
Have a GPA of 3.0 or better
Be 18 years of age or older
Application Materials Checklist
Interested students will be asked to provide:
A completed application form – submitted by 5 p.m. CT on the February 26, 2021
Statement of interest
Copy of transcripts
Two references (only contact information needed)
Some applicants will be invited to interview, and interns will be selected from amongst the interviewees.
For more information, contact Dr. Ashley Taylor, Director of Education & Lecturer, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, at .
"We need more. This statement sums up what we saw in the hospital that week. In the words of Dr. Kazembe, “We have shortages of everything… except patients.” We are here to give them more. We spent the past week compiling information and are now beginning to work on projects to fit the needs they communicated. Specifically, we are designing a temperature monitor to help catch hypothermia sooner, so babies can be rewarmed before the temperature drops significantly. We hope this tool can be used to prevent hypothermia from becoming more serious in the neonates. In a way, we hope this too can be a small part of their more.."
- Leah in Malawi
"There were the bili-lights, propped on top of the wooden incubators. I felt honored that the lights I helped make were being used. It was surreal to actually see babies under the bili-lights I made last summer. I thought about it, dreamed about it, but I couldn’t believe I was actually seeing it in a hospital setting rather than in a research lab."
- Yiwen in Malawi
"In the end, this was probably the most life changing experience I have ever had… The trip only solidified my interests, and made me proud of what I am studying and its possible applications… I think that I learned exponentially more during my trip than I could have ever taught. I think this is the nature of living in a foreign country implementing projects of your own design– you learn (and mature) very quickly."