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International Externship Program (IEP)

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About IEP

The International Externship Program is an exciting opportunity for a team of senior students and an instructor to travel outside the United States on a dental care mission. Past destinations include Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Guatemala, Vietnam, Jamaica and Africa.

The goals of IEP are:
  • To provide quality oral health care and education to people around the world who lack access to such care
  • To provide students an opportunity to expand and improve their clinical skills in a setting that requires teamwork, innovation, and flexibility
  • To provide a unique cultural learning experience

Travel is coordinated through a global medical organization and an in-country partner. Missions last approximately one to two weeks.

Each student pays a portion of the travel cost. Fundraisers and sponsors help students obtain mission funds.

Most of the students that enter this program have not ventured outside the U.S. borders. The exposure to cultural differences and provision of humanitarian aid often make the trip a life-changing experience.


Read about the 2013 missions to Africa and Jamaica in the Alumni Newsletter under File Downloads.

Give to IEP

Donations to assist with trip funding are welcome. Please contact the following for more information:

Klamath Falls: Evelyn Hobbs, Dental Hygiene Department Chair, 541.885.1360; evelyn.hobbs@oit.edu
La Grande: Viki Points, Academic Director, 541.962.2169, viki.points@oit.edu
Salem: Paula Hendrix, Program Director, 503.584.7103, paula.hendrix@oit.edu