A student doing a medical internship for high school students in Sri Lanka checks blood pressure levels for a local woman.

Medical Work Experience for 15, 16, 17, and 18 Year Olds


We understand that getting work experience in clinical medicine as a student can be extremely difficult. We offer young people in their Transition Year, Year 5 and 6 during their Leaving Cert a safe, guided experience into the world of medicine through our High School Special Projects.

Our medical work experience projects focus on experiential education, so you learn by doing. You can expect to:   

  • Shadow doctors and other medical professionals in busy hospitals and clinics
  • Attend medical workshops and seminars
  • Get first-hand insight into the healthcare challenges people face everyday
  • Participate in community healthcare outreaches that serve people in need
  • Learn essential medical skills like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels

You’ll be part of an ethical medical project that benefits local communities. Furthermore, you’ll actively demonstrate your commitment to healthcare and helping people, which will help your university application stand out from the crowd! 

“As soon as I turned 16 I started looking for work experience that would help me with my application [for a medical degree]. Projects Abroad came up with an amazing choice of fantastic countries that ran a two week special programme for Medicine, perfect!” - Medicine High School Special in Tanzania by Elena L

At what age can you do work experience in a hospital?

Our opportunities for getting work experience in a hospital as a volunteer are open to people between the ages of 15-18 (Transition Year, Year 5 and 6).

High School Specials are designed specifically for young people by our qualified staff, and all activities are age-appropriate and safe. In addition, we ask all students to follow our code of conduct for medical volunteering. This policy helps us ensure that our projects are ethical, and that we really help the local people we work with.

Interested in learning more about our High School Special Projects’ work? Read our blog that tells you all you need to know about medical work experience programmes for young students.

Choose a Medical Project for Teenagers

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Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal
Medical Internships in Nepal for Teenagers
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  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
  • From €1,950
A young girl has her blood pressure taken on Projects Abroad's medical internship for high school students in Sri Lanka
Medical Internship for Teenagers in Sri Lanka
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  • From 2 weeks
  • From €2,100
Interns learn how to take people’s blood pressure readings as part of Public Health work for teenagers in Cambodia.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Cambodia
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  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
  • From €2,325
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Need more help?

Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

+353 (0)1 571 5080

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