Ensign Global Leaders internship program is a unique opportunity for students to develop real-life skills to support their future career and educational goals. Stand out from the crowd with a summer internship in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.  


Ensign Global internships are based out of the Ensign Global Campus in Kpong, Ghana. Participants will spend the first month engaging with local communities, partners, and students to explore and understand the cultural context in which they will be working. Students will also develop their internship goals, timeline, and deliverables during this period. During the second month, interns will fully immerse in their projects working with leadership on the ground in Ghana. The internship will conclude with project presentations to campus leadership, community members, and local partners. 

WHEN: Summer 2021

WHERE: Kpong, Ghana and surrounding areas

TAUGHT BY: Stephen C. Alder, PhD 


Internships are open to all majors and topics. Please contact Jill Stephenson to learn how we can customize your internship. Past projects have included developing franchise models and assessments for the Health 2 Go program and developing vision and program goals for the new Institute for Community Health and DevelopmentStudents will take on leadership roles as they complete their projects and practice presenting in front of their classmates and experts in the fields of health and development. 


Student safety is our highest priority. We provide a safe and secure environment to promote learning and growth. 


"I loved every second of my internship and felt so lucky to intern in such a beautiful place with such amazing people. I gained valuable experiences working alongside professionals in my field and by engaging with local communities. Through this internship opportunity, I was able to get out of my comfort zone and further develop my communication and leadership skills. I wouldn't have traded this once-in-a-lifetime experience for anything!"

- Tessa Truman


"The best part of my internship in Ghana was the people that I've met, the new culture that I was exposed to, and the eye-opening field trips that we went on during our time in Ghana.

- Shunzhang Chen


Program fees include all accommodations, most meals, in-program transportation, all excursions, and travel insurance for a total of $7,000 for the two month program.


Program fees DO NOT include transportation to and from the program, some meals, and incidentals. Participants are financially responsible for international travel clinic visit, immunizations and medications, and visa processing fees.  

One month program options are available for $5,500.

  • Gain valuable leadership experience

  • Work one-on-one with faculty from University of Utah faculty based in Utah and Ghana

  • Stand out by participating in a learning abroad course

  • Enjoy learning about a new culture

  • Expand your horizons, travel, & gain new friends from the US and Ghana

  • Become familiar with ecological and systems thinking in the social and behavioral sciences

  • Cultivate an understanding of how to conceptualize and apply multiple influences that impact economic development in an emerging economy

  • Gain experience evaluating and making strategic recommendations for helping business respond to contextual challenges

  • Learn strategies for framing the cultural, political, economic, and structural landscape environment

  • Understand the basic elements of behavior and social theory and how they relate to business development

  • Improve oral and written presentation skills


Excursions expose students to a range of different experiences and enable them to gain a sense of the wonderful country of Ghana. These expeditions explore public health, history, art, and wild ecotourism as we delve into the culture and appreciate everything that Ghana has to offer.  


Applications for summer 2021 coming soon. Send all questions or inquiries to Jill Stephenson


President, Ensign College of Public Health

Special Advisor for West Africa Programs
Office for Global Engagement
TSH Morton Endowed Professor
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of Utah

Administration Manager, Office for Global Engagement

Please message Jill with any questions or inquiries regarding the Eccles Global program.