INTERNING IN CAPE TOWN
It all starts with a cause
Cape Town is the perfect place to boost your career, learn invaluable life skills, push yourself out of your comfort zone, and make memories to last a lifetime.
See how your internship can impact South Africa
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of South Africans aged 15 and above are illiterate
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ABOUT YOUR INTERNSHIP IN CAPE TOWN
1. Our Programs
Children and Youth Internships in Cape Town
We work with organisations that focus on changing the lives and ensuring the well-being of our youth. Our partners design approaches that include everything from fighting the battle against substance abuse to improving the living and learning environments of at-risk children. By helping as an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to understand the scope of our partners’ social work and take part in effective fundraising and advocacy as a voice for South African youth.
Women & Gender Internships in Cape Town
We work with organisations that develop programmes to assist in the lives of women that have access to a lack of resources and education for their empowerment. They ensure that the rights of female South Africans are upheld by being in their corner for support in legal, educational and economic capacities. As an intern, you’ll gain insight into how our affiliate organisations are passionately providing a platform to elevate the lives of women in South Africa.
Environmental Internships in Cape Town
Our environmental internships focus on ways to protect our planet through education. The company’s with which we partner design programmes to supplement school curriculums, and benefiting the lives of children by focusing on the conservation of endemic species and precious resources. As an intern, you will work with local communities and get involved in projects involving holistic education to reinforce environmental consciousness at different stages of life, and encourage achieving better spiritual well-being and strong physical health.
Human Rights & Social Justice Internships in Cape Town
Social justice is a complex space to gain hands-on real world experience as an intern with one of our excellent partner organisations. Help improve the access of individuals and communities to basic rights such as housing, education, health care and legal liberties, as well as protecting the rights of the disabled, ederly and equality through ensuring the fair treatment of people with which you’re working closely with.
Medical & Health Internships in Cape Town
As an intern, you’ll be provided with a unique opportunity to work in public health with one of our hand-picked partners that are already making a difference in the field. Communities face enormous challenges with getting access to healthcare to treat widespread diseases, approaches to specific conditions and education of important aspects of health and well-being. Whether your focus field is anything from dentistry, to psychology or pre medicine, as examples, you’ll play a part in contributing to communities in ways that add tremendous value.
Economic Development Internships in Cape Town
Our internships surrounding economic development involve gaining experience in the world of entrepreneurship and those striving to create successful businesses in South Africa – and how this can be made possible. As an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to partner with one of our knowledgeable organisations, passionate about educating people, from the youth to those already developing their business, in achieving tangible economic growth.
2. Cape Town Activities
Learn a Local Language
isiXhosa is a somewhat difficult language to grasp for foreigners, due to the complicated ‘clicks’ in the alphabet. There is a famous saying in Xhosa, “mXhosa umva ngobetha kolwimi ukuba ngowaphi” meaning, “You can tell where a Xhosa person is from by the way their tongue taps.” We offer isiXhosa language classes for our Cape Town interns, held every other Friday afternoon, from 3:00pm – 4:30pm, in our Woodstock office. We invite all of our interns in the Mother City to join our isiXhosa classes and explore this beautiful language and culture with us that will greatly enrich your experience.
Indulge your Senses
Cape Town is vibrant and cosmopolitan, bustling with great restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and bars. There are fantastic night clubs and live music venues staging a range of excellent music from African jazz, lounge, fusion, kwaito, contemporary rock and hip-hop. You’ll find world-class shopping ranging from top global brands, to funky local crafts. City markets offer Pan-African artifacts, neighbourhood goods and artisanal foods. There is an abundance of galleries, theatres and cinemas offering top arts and entertainment. You can visit the nearby world-famous Cape Winelands and enjoy a host of sports and adventure activities. There is no time to be bored or lonely.
Expand your Knowledge
Cape Town has a fascinating multicultural history which comes to life at beautifully preserved historic sites, excellent museums and intriguing monuments. From the hunter-gatherer KhoiKhoi people and early European settlers to the Malays and contemporary African communities, there’s a rich melting pot of culture and tradition. Visits to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, to the District Six Museum, the colourful Malay quarter known as the Bo-Kaap and lively townships such as Langa, will give you unique insights into the enthralling stories and the complexities that have shaped Cape Town, and South Africa.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Cape Town has a unique natural heritage that includes the iconic Table Mountain, a New 7th Wonder of the World, world-class beaches and the fynbos biome, one of the six Floral Kingdoms of the World. It is rare for so much of nature’s beauty and bounty to be protected in a 21st century city. The surrounding Indian and Atlantic oceans are home to dolphins and sharks, and are visited by breeding Southern Right Whales from July to November. The Cape Peninsula is also home to a breeding colony of the rare African Penguin. You can enjoy sea cruises, relax on beautiful beaches and hike or mountain bike in the spectacular mountains.
3. Staying in Cape Town
Transport and getting around
The multi award-winning Cape Town International Airport services most major airlines from around the world directly or via connections with Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport. The Airport is just 20 kilometres from the City Centre, and on your arrival we will arrange for you to be met and transferred to your accommodation. Some visitors to Cape Town choose to hire a car, and there are budget options available. Cape Town has an Integrated Rapid Transport bus service, which though currently limited in reach, is modern and safe.
When to visit
With its Mediterranean climate offering rainy, cool winters and dry, hot summers, Cape Town is fantastic all-year round destination and there is no particular ‘best time to visit’. Cape Town experiences a minimum of 8 daylight hours in the cooler season from April to August and up to 11 hours in the warmer months from October to March. Sunglasses, sun hats and sunscreen are recommended all year round. The average temperatures are 18.5°C (65°F) in winter and 24°C (75°F) in summer but can exceed 30°C (85°F) on some summer days and drop below 10°C (50°F) on winter nights.
We offer our interns high quality, vetted accommodation in Cape Town. From the city to the suburbs you can enjoy plenty of access to local restaurants, coffee spots, shops, 2-for-1 specials and even neighbourhood parks to enjoy in your spare time. The suburban locations support a slightly more homely lifestyle but are close enough to town with a short trip on public transport, where you’ll have access to a wealth of some of the best entertainment and tourist attractions the city has to offer.
HOW INTERNSHIPS IN CAPE TOWN WORK
From Application to Internship
Our greatest time investment is understanding your career goals and creating and facilitating a tailor-made internship.
You will be provided with a choice of our top three recommended options which we will select just for you, and from which you will choose one. We will then engage with our partner host organisation to secure your placement. This will be at a reputable non-profit organisation enabling you to gain valuable professional experience. The program costs are $1,595 USD, which includes your $300 USD deposit, airport transfers, orientation and in-country activities, language lessons and ongoing support. You will need to budget for your airfare, accommodation and living expenses, insurances and visas.