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, schools, and organizations working in developing countries, the internships allow students to tackle global health design challenges in a real-world setting.

Watch our summer 2020 student interns from Malawi and the United States work together virtually to improve COVID-19 technologies from design studios in Tanzania and Malawi.

Rice 360° 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. During the internship, students improve their understandings of the constraints under which healthcare is provided in low-resource settings and design innovative solutions.


Students are responsible for

  • The implementation of 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 

In 2019, our 11 interns worked in three countries, visited numerous hospitals and mobile clinics, demonstrated 14 Rice technologies to clinicians and partner organizations, and wrote 73 blog posts.

To read more about our student experiences, visit the Internship Blogs.  Detailed information on the Rice 360° GLHT Summer 2020 Internship Program can be found here.

For interested students, the Rice 360° Institute also holds an internship in Houston.

Eligible applicants must:
  1. Be undergraduate students in good standing at Rice University

  2. 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

  3. Have a GPA of 3.0 or better

  4. Be 18 years of age or older

All application materials should be submitted at: https://rice360.wufoo.com/forms/zgebb4g0ptt03m/ 

Interested students will be asked to provide:

Some applicants will be invited to interview, and interns will be selected from amongst the interviewees. Before beginning the internship, a signed participation agreement, student information form, a signed non-program activities form, and proof of passport, immunizations and insurance must be submitted to Rice 360° Institute for Global Health. These materials will be provided when an offer to intern is extended.

For more information, contact Emily Mitaro, Administrative Specialist, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health,
at ecm2@rice.edu.

For more information on our interns and their work, please read their Internship Blogs



"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."

- Josh in Lethsotho

Rice 360˚ Institute for Global Health
6100 Main MS-636
Houston, Texas 77005-1827

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Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

P.O. Box 95
Paediatric Department
Blantyre, Malawi


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