The Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia welcomes interns who may acquire valuable work experience at its facilities at Fajara, Keneba, Basse and Wali Kunda. The internships are open to young school leavers, students with vocational skills, medical, nursing and research students. Below are the five main types of interns that visit the unit at various times of the year:
Gambian School Leavers: Senior Secondary School leavers who want to come for internship at the haematology, microbiology and biochemistry laboratories. This group also includes those interested in working at Human Resources, Information Technology, Learning and Development, Finance and Procurement Departments. The entry requirements are five ‘O’ Level Credits or five WASSCE credits.
Research Students: This group consists of university students who are required to do research as part of the requirements of their degree programme. Research in the laboratories is in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology and immunology of local infectious diseases. Students may be able to join one of the laboratory projects. Students may also accompany scientists during their field research.
Vocational Students: These students must have training in a vocational skill after completing their high school. They work in Data Management, Electrical, Plumbing, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sections or Auto Mechanics Workshop. The entry requirements are three WASSCE credits and a trade qualification.
Nursing Electives: These are final-year nursing students who come for work experience as part of the requirements of their nursing training programme.
Medical Electives: These are final-year medical students who come for eight weeks as part of the requirements of their degree programme.
The MRC has a 42-bed ward at Fajara for adults and children and an outpatients’ department which sees up to 150 new patients a day. There is a specialist clinic for tuberculosis. However, there are no surgical or obstetric facilities. Students take clinical responsibility in the outpatients department and on the wards.
All interns are required to have personal accident insurance cover during the period of their attachment. Accommodation and airport pickup can be provided upon request; however, costs will be paid by the intern. All placements are for a minimum of six weeks except for clinical attachments which are for a minimum of two months. The application forms for the internships can be obtained by sending an email to the Learning and Development Department at training [at] mrc [dot] gm.
Please note that there are only a limited number of places available for these internships and the demand is very high. Meeting the entry requirements does not always automatically guarantee the applicant a place.