With its proximity to the EU, many non-profit organisations focus on public health, which includes development, poverty and inequality issues, as well as social and political issues.

The Public Health sector is huge, and all types of jobs and skill sets are necessary to improve the world we live in. Activities to strengthen public health services are initiated from many different bodies and businesses, focusing on the entire spectrum of health and wellbeing, not only the eradication of particular diseases. Many are targeted at populations via health campaigns, as well as health services to include the provision of personal services to individual persons, such as vaccinations, behavioural counselling, health advice, etc.

Public Health Internships

Making the world a healthier place is a key value that brings together all public health organisations and professionals.  Public Health Interns can expect to perform a wide variety of tasks from across many different fields, as NGO’s, government bodies, small and medium size businesses, lobbyists, human rights organisations, health educators, social workers and more all have their roles to play in helping to improve public health services. 

Undertaking an internship in the field of public health can open the door to diverse opportunities in a variety of sectors down the line, such as federal, private and non-governmental organisations.

Why Leuven?

With a population of 90,000, 40,000 of which are students, there are few towns in Flanders that appeal to the imagination more than Leuven.  Interns will be immersed in history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and modern science all at the same time. From the Gothic Town Hall and the Great Beguinage, to the student atmosphere of the Old Market Square and the home of Stella Artois, Leuven has it all. Irish College Leuven is within a short walking distance of all of these landmarks, and more!

Most people get around by bicycle (Fiets), foot or bus – the choice will be yours!  Being such a small town, you can cover all of it by foot in a single day, which will allow you to treat yourself to one of Belgium’s sweet treats at the end of the day.

Leuven is also only 20 kilometers from Brussels,  which is well connected to neighbouring countries Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France. 

What's Included:

Airfare, materials for placement, visa, transport, mandatory health insurance, some meals and spending money aren’t included. Please budget accordingly.

At A Glance
Internships in Leuven, Belgium
Start Date
Determined by student
8, 10 or 12 Weeks
Apply By
12 weeks prior to start date

8 week programme: €6700

10 week programme: €7880

12 week programme: €9050

What's included?

Airfare, materials for placement, visa, transport, mandatory health insurance, some meals and spending money aren’t included. Please budget accordingly.

Application fee

€95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

€500 Non refundable

up to €1000
sydnie standing by the sea while on assignment for her photography internship in Ireland


Photography Internship
New Mexico State University
My visit to Ireland completely exceeded my expectations. I have to be honest, initially I imagined I needed to be an outdoor person to enjoy the country! I was definitely wrong. Ireland is a place where I want to be outdoors as much as possible. The imagery is so captivating and its visuals vary across the land. The landscapes are very alluring and simple to hike around.