Most jobs don't require a medical degree, but often ask for a relevant Master's degree (such as Public Health or Development Studies) and field experience. There are few graduate training schemes within the healthcare field. Students often gain experience through internships, volunteering and work experience. Sending a speculative application to apply for work experience or voluntary roles can be a positive, proactive step. Alternatively, apply for entry level roles. The following gives an outline of some of the available graduate training schemes and internships in the health related field.


Health development organisations

The IRC responds to some of the world's worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery.

Health development organisation that provides contraception and safe abortion to women in urban and rural communities all over the world.

Dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the very poorest people. International humanitarian agency.

The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.

Leading global health organisation with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health.

Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion.

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Graduate training schemes

  • AusAID graduate recruitment

    Twenty places available on the AusAID scheme covering a wide range of areas including government policies, practices and programs; key economic, political, social and cultural issues in development; the management systems; corporate policies and processes

  • Bupa careers | Bupacouk

    Information on careers in BUPA. BUPA are a customer focused private healthcare provider with more than 10 million customers in over 200 countries. The company comprises over 50,000 employees across the world. BUPA offers graduates the general management p

  • GlaxoSmithKline - Graduate programmes

    Information on careers in Glaxo Smith Kline. Pharmaceutical company which develops innovative medicines and products that help millions of people around the world. Their graduate programmes are in Sales and marketing, Finance, IT, Purchasing, Engineering

  • NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

    Information on careers in the NHS. UK’s national health service (public sector), employing 1.3 million people dedicated to looking after 60 million people, with a budget of over £110 billion. 


The following companies have structured internship programmes. Many other companies also offer ad hoc internships. Visit their websites, find the appropriate contact to approach and send them a speculative application.

  • Chemonics International

    International development consulting firm that promotes meaningful change in developing countries.

  • EPOS Health Management

    Improves the quality and accessibility of health services and systems globally.

  • Family Health International

    Bring lasting change to the world's most vulnerable people through their science-based programs.

  • International Planned Parenthood Federation

    Advocates of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. Global headquarters in London.

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)

    The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. This includes protecting and empowering women and girls, reuniting families separated by conflict and providing

  • John Snow Inc.

    Research and consulting services in the health care and service sectors.

  • Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – UK

    Three month full time and six month part time internships are made available in various departments.

  • Pact International

    Helps build strong communities globally providing people with an opportunity to earn a dignified living, raise healthy families, and participate in democratic life, by strengthening the capacity of grassroots organisations, coalitions and networks and for

  • Population Action International

    Leading global health organisation with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health.

  • PSI: Social Marketing and Behavior Change Worldwide

    PSI is a global health organization dedicated to improving the health of people in the developing world by focusing on serious challenges like a lack of family planning, HIV and AIDS, barriers to maternal health, and the greatest threats to children under

  • World Health Organisation

    Non-paid internships in a wide variety of departments, for example the Health policy, development and services department or Immunization, vaccines and biologicals department. Internships are for students completing their second degree.


Voluntary positions are available at a large number of organisations. Volunteering can be great experience and help you gain employment in the future. To find out more about volunteering and how LSE can help you gain a placement see LSE Volunteer Centre.

Job roles

The following roles are healthcare related job titles of former LSE students. For job roles within healthcare management see healthcare management job roles.

Asylum case worker

Provides advice to and representation for people with asylum problems, including advice on and help with completing application forms and representing them at asylum interviews. The asylum case worker would appeal against unfair decisions, and would appeal for someone with asylum issues in the event of proposed deportation.

Charity officer

Working within a charitable organisation, this role encompasses a wide variety of responsibilities. Larger charities may employ a charity officer who looks after one major part of the organisation, such as HR, finance, PR, marketing, fundraising etc. In a smaller organisation the charity officer may take on all or a variety of these roles. Generally the charity officer would need to liaise with donors and local community members to generate funds. Charity officers organise and coordinate fundraising events, maintain a database of supporters, generate funding proposals and carry out marketing activities.

Community development officer/partner coordinator

Work with disadvantaged community groups to help them realise their problems (how did they come about) and establish ways in which they can deal with them by goal setting and taking action with a longer term goal of creating a community which has developed their own services and community activities. The work will be project based, and tends to be related to a specific social group or the geography of a group.

Community education officer

Works with specific community groups, once again related to a particular social group or the geographical location of a group. The emphasis on this role will be within encouraging these groups to include education in their lives, from basic skills up to college and university courses. The community education officer will identify the community's issues and needs and will facilitate access to local educational and appropriate social activities.

Health advocacy officer

A health advocacy officer will work for a charity or health organisation which works with people and communities with a variety of health issues (including HIV/AIDS), in order to improve access to treatment and care within affected communities. They will create, implement and report on the advocacy strategy and ensure it is promoted to appropriate agencies.

Health economist

Will analyse information and data associated with health and healthcare. They will use their knowledge of economics to advise on where changes can be made to most effectively utilise the current health services, staff and facilities. They also examine the social health effecting behaviours which may impact on the effective working of healthcare (private and public).

Housing officer/manager

Located in a local office or on the housing estate a housing officer is responsible for managing social housing, within a housing association or local authority. The role includes managing the maintenance of the properties, dealing with various applications and ensuring anti-social behaviour is dealt with. Housing officers need to build a professional relationship with the tenants and also local agencies, such as the police and community groups. A housing officer may be expected to attend court to give details of a tenant or situation in the case of an eviction or anti social behaviour case.

Health policy analyst /officer/adviser

Analyses and researches into health issues in order to develop effective and expert health policy in conjunction with policy makers. Issues may include vaccinations or smoking, or those related to family planning. They will also campaign on behalf of and against health policies.

Social researcher

In charge of planning, designing, coordinating and presenting data for social research. Working with a particular social group a social researcher would decide on the method of collecting results (forum group, questionnaire etc.) and will liaise with appropriate groups to carry out the research, and then present it in an appropriate form.

Social worker

Work with a large range of people on the edge of social exclusion and who have been through trauma and crisis. Work may take place in schools, clients' homes, hospitals and other community settings. Working closely with relevant legislation a social worker will support and sometimes even befriend individuals, groups and families. Duties will include writing reports, presenting cases in court, supporting and offer counselling services to clients, interviewing clients and referring them to other agencies and participating in multidiscipline teams.