Cape Town, South Africa

Global Internship

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Information for term Global Internship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 27 – Oct 17, 2020 (12 weeks)


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As the startup tech hub of Africa, Cape Town is buzzing with innovative spirit that spans many industry sectors. Eco-tourism, arts & culture, and foodie events are huge here, and anyone interested in social services or public health will find kindred spirits and growing opportunities to match growing needs. It also has the largest life sciences market on the continent.
You might intern for an NGO that assists refugees, migrants and asylum seekers; an e-commerce business or digital advertising agency; a safari tour company that protects endangered rhinos; or a social enterprise development project in a revitalized Apartheid township. Many of these opportunities combine many sectors in one, bridging the gap between townships and tourism, nutrition and health care, job training and homelessness.
Cultural activities in and around Cape Town complement your coursework and open your eyes. Trips to Robben Island, the District Six Museum, and the Homecoming Center illuminate the turbulent past and provide meaningful context as you explore further, connecting the legacy of forced removals to the current proliferation of squatter camps. On weekends you’ll venture farther afield to explore the unbelievable beauty of surrounding mountains and beaches and indulge in food, fun, and adventure. Group excursions include tours of the Cape Winelands or the Spice Route, a culinary destination with a variety of restaurants and shops clustered on a farm in the countryside.
In addition to gaining professional skills for your resume, you’ll experience real life in the real world. You’ll see social and economic inequality up close, while also seeing the transformational power of social enterprise, public health programs, creative community partnerships and business innovation. Who knows where this inspiration will take you?


Develop valuable professional skills through a structured internship (three 8-hour days per week) combined with correlating coursework. Designed to support your specific internship, our professional development course helps build professional skills.
Here you’ll find NGOs committed to advancing a culture of democracy, human rights and advocacy for women, children, refugees, the homeless and other vulnerable groups. Health issues range from nutrition to fighting the spread and impact of disease and caring for the disabled.
Every placement is unique. In the months leading up to your program, our Cape Town–based team will work with you to find a great match within our large network of local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Our team will support you during your preparation through the following steps:

  • Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching, and coaching for each intern throughout the internship placement process
  • Providing materials to guide creation of a résumé appropriate for the local business culture, as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
  •  Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture, plus feedback for individual interns to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor

Every year we find internships for students like you in fields as varied as communications (advertising, design, media, and multimedia), technology (software, hardware, accelerators, and tech startups) or social good (NGOs, NPOs, social entrepreneurship and social work). Available organizations vary each semester, but here are just a few where CIEE has placed students in the past:

Pinnacle Marketing
NMP Media
Food Forward
St. Georges’ Home
Amy Foundation
IKhaya LeLanga
Khulisa Social Solutions
Youth Solutions Africa
Baitul Ansaar
Southern Ambition
Rhino Africa
Cape Extreme
Nomad Tours

Note: While we always do our best to match your internship request or preferred theme, we ask you remain flexible as the actual fields and companies may differ depending on many factors out of our control, such as availability or activity cycle.


    CIEE knows that interns need a balanced experience that includes correlating activities, workshops, and seminars.


    Have a better sense of what you want to study in college or even pursue as a career.


    A Certificate of Completion

  • said it made them more mature young adults

  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

  • said their level of independence increased


Location & Culture

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Known for its outdoor festivals, foodie events and stunning scenery, Cape Town frequently makes the top of notable “must-visit cities” lists.
Against the backdrop of the towering Table Mountain, people from different backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities call Cape Town home. "The Mother City," as it's sometimes known, is a proudly diverse center that serves as a commercial and industrial entry point to Africa and houses regional headquarters for many companies, nonprofits, and NGOs.
Considered one of the most beautiful cities on Earth, Cape Town boasts white-sand beaches and amazing views of natural landmarks like Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is also a street-art, design and modern architectural mecca, and a hip foodie hotspot. It’s an attractive destination for ex-patriates and immigrants, further adding to its eclectic flavor.
Here you can listen to live jazz, visit indie art galleries, or browse open-air markets for exotic handicrafts and international snacks. Grab some quick fish and chips or savor the world’s best tuna, but stay away from the world’s largest concentration of great white sharks.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog.

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  • Local Support

    CIEE resident staff available 24/7


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Sample Activities

  • Catch a professional rugby, soccer, or cricket game.
  • Get artsy at the Zeitz MOCCA Museum or the Baxter and Fugard Theatres.
  • Take in important history lessons at the Slave Lodge, Robben Island, District Six Museum and Heart of Cape Town Museum.
  • Indulge your senses at the Food Jam!
  • Make your own Bo Kaap in a cooking class.
  • Take a Wine Tour in South Africa’s legendary vineyards or follow the “Spice Route” to a cluster of restaurants in the countryside.

Garden Route Backpacking Trip

Includes a Great Safari, Elephant Interaction, and Cango Caves Adventure! Sandwiched between the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains and the Indian Ocean, the Garden Route offers abundant plant life, bird-watching, hiking and numerous eco-tourism activities.

Vineyards & Culinary Trip

Travel via steam train to Elgin, where you can hike, zipline, and join in an evening potjiekos cooking competition! This is one of the Western Cape’s most beautiful fruit- and wine-growing areas.

Fairy Glen Nature Reserve

Go on a game drive, wine tour, and nature walk with lunchtime braai. Hike while catching magnificent scenery all around.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees


Fall: Rolling Admissions
Spring: December 1
Contact CIEE for more information


High school graduates in good academic standing.
Students must demonstrate, through the application and interview process, flexibility and maturity.
Students must be 18 years or older at the time of their departure.
No previous language experience required.



You can create a duo program by combining any two CIEE Gap Year Abroad semesters and get 10% off the second semester.

Apply to a Fall Semester or Academic Year term by our 5/1 priority deadline and get $400 off the cost of your program. Apply to a Spring Semester by our September 1 Priority Deadline and get $400 off the cost of your tuition.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Fall 2020 12 weeks Apr 15, 2020 Jul 27, 2020 Oct 17, 2020


Tuition includes dormitory housing and meals. For more information on what is included in your tuition, check this page.

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