Academic Internships in Cape Town

Live and Work in Cape Town, South Africa

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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.

English-language internship opportunities abound here in a spectrum of sectors, from social entrepreneurships in townships to social media in the wine industry, micro-finance to medicine, and just about everything in between. An academic internship in this multilingual, multicultural, and student-friendly environment offers the chance to experience true cross-cultural communications in a professional setting.

Outside of the office, students may appreciate the warm weather, popular beaches, dramatic mountains, and access to a vast variety of food, music, outdoor activities, and nightlife.

Learn more about Cape Town and see past internship examples »

A Day in the Life

What People are Saying

  • "Today we are a nation at peace with itself, united in our diversity, not only proclaiming but living out the contention that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. We take our place amongst the nations of the world, confident and proud in being an African country."

    Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Students interning in Cape Town are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations, multinationals, and NGOs in a variety of industry sectors:

  • Business Services - entrepreneurship, media, public relations, real estate
  • Hospitality - high-end international and local brand properties, touring services, wine industry marketing and support
  • Health Sciences - nutrition, food justice, public health
  • Social Good - economic development, NGOs, microfinance, public health, social entrepreneurship, social work

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A Typical Cape Town Internship Program

While AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner, a typical program in Cape Town includes:

Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process.

Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.

Housing in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Apartments are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection. Bedrooms are typically doubles.

Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation on campus and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of Cape Town's neighborhoods, tips on “can’t miss” culture, introduction to local markets, and guidance on navigating Cape Town's transportation networks.

Ongoing Local Support from our Cape Town Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience, and industry-specific networking in Cape Town.

Cultural Activities including site visits or social sector briefings with community leaders from various organizations.

Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through one of their programs, contact us.