Spend a summer in Cape Town, a major commercial and industrial entry point to Africa and home to regional headquarters of international corporations, nonprofits, and NGOs. English-language internship opportunities abound here in a spectrum of sectors, from social entrepreneurship to social media in the wine industry, and from micro-finance to medicine.
CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.
As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, exploring a different culture, and expanding your professional portfolio and network.
You’ll also enjoy the rare pleasure of experiencing a rich selection of day and night activities, including water sports, mountaineering, and nightclubs. You’ll also have your choice of restaurants which are readily available.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.
- Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
- Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
- Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
- Professional development workshops such as:
- Making the Most of your Internship
- Networking and Informational Interviewing
- Understanding Working Styles
- Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career
- Midpoint review from student and supervisor
- Final written evaluation from student and supervisor
Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Cape Town complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. You can take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a flat topped mountain offering gorgeous views of the city and the South Atlantic Ocean, walk the beautiful Kirstenboch National Botanical Gardens, a famous botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain, or discover more than 3,000 marine creatures at the Two Oceans Aquarium. You’ll find so much more in one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world.
A community-based activity, such as structured volunteering or a service project, is typically offered at least once during the program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** Does not include a meal plan
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure
- Overall GPA 2.5
- Rising Sophomore standing and above at time of participation
- *Certain visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process
Total credit for this program is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.
About the City
About The City
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 entrepreneurship in townships to social media in the wine industry to 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.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, nicknamed “The Friendly City,” Quinton teaches the CIEE Community Partnership: Theory and Engagement and Intercultural Communications course at the Cape Town Study center. Quinton has 15 years of experience in international education, and previously served as manager for international student programs in the University of Cape Town’s international office. He holds a master’s degree in conflict and conflict management from the University of Port Elizabeth, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from the University of the Western Cape. His research interests include religious education in public schools, religion and democracy, religion and development, and religion and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Cape Town has a reputation for being the most open-minded and relaxed city in South Africa. This impression, however, is disparate: the city looks European, but it is not European; it feels African, but it is not African. It is a mixture of First World and Third World. There are parts of Cape Town that are very affluent and areas that are very bleak and poor (normally the townships) with very few resources. As a direct result of many years of apartheid, Cape Town has a First World infrastructure with Third World development challenges.
Cape Town gives you the opportunity to experience South Africa with its problems and its joys. It gives you a chance to enjoy Cape Town as the gateway to the rest of Africa, and at the same time, provides the opportunity to be part of the rebuilding of a nation that was almost destroyed by apartheid. Come to Cape Town to enjoy the natural beauty and be part of the rebuilding of a new nation that in 2009 celebrated 150 years of democracy.
— Quinton Redcliffe, Director, Experiential Learning
Michelle joined CIEE in 2008, prior to which she worked for the University of Cape Town. She coordinates the housing for all of our students, including the Faculty and Custom Programs. Michelle’s role is multifaceted and includes the recruitment and training of host families for homestays, dormitory placements, negotiating housing contracts, and overseeing housing assignments. Michelle also manages our Team of housekeeping staff.
Michelle is a wife and mother of three teenage sons, which keeps her busy when not at the Center. In addition to transporting her sons to their many after-school activities, confirmation or friends, she finds herself on the soccer field or cross country tracks supporting her young men.
Michelle enjoys meeting new people and is passionate about helping others, and especially young adults.
Rubin is affectionately known as our ‘Director of First Impressions’ as he is the first person you will see or speak to if you visit us in Cape Town. Rubin oversees the logistics and well-being of our students and is the voice you hear when calling the Center.
Rubin is an avid explorer who has travelled the world in search of new cultures, architecture and intercultural experiences.
David is a South African with a truly global perspective through his extensive work and travel internationally. David’s experience of higher education and corporate business systems affords him a holistic view of leadership, strategy, corporate governance, higher education, quality assurance and compliance.
David has a Master’s Degree in Creative Media Practice and will complete his Executive MBA in December 2016. David’s research interests include the modernization of higher education, phronesis in leadership, addressing disproportionate influence in organizations and communities, and is committed to the relationship between student experience and shareholder value.
In addition to his business experience, David has held senior academic posts and is an award winning audio mastering engineer with a 20-year contribution to the music industry. When not at the office or studying, David is an avid mountain biker and mountaineer who spends as much time in the Cape Mountains as time allows.
Paula is originally from Zimbabwe. She, however, is a US citizen. She studied at Lincoln University of Missouri where she completed her MBA. She worked for the Missouri Public Service Commission for six years. She returned to Southern Africa and worked for Convoy Logistics, Johannesburg as a Financial Manager.
Candice is a native Capetonian that joined our Team in 2015. Candice is our Manager of Short-Term Programs and Student Services. Candice’s daily interactions with our students and community site partners is key to our Center. Candice is passionate about a healthy lifestyle and the outdoors, and loves meeting, engaging and building meaningful relationships with others.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Classroom activities take place at the CIEE Study Center in Cape Town, South Africa,similar to CIEE Arts and Sciences, Service Learning, and Global Sustainability and Environment (GSE) programs.
Students commute to their internships and most program activities via local public transportation. Introduction to the system is provided during orientation and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee. Students share double rooms in houses with other CIEE study abroad program participants and local students near the UCT campus. Local UCT students are selected as resident assistants and live in the houses with CIEE students. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can prepare their own meals or eat at local restaurants and cafés. Some amenities like toilet paper, hand towels and soap are also the responsibility of the student, at a shared cost.
Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-one-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Cape Town. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about the program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in Cape Town, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, language crash courses, and even cooking classes that take advantage of the best local fare.
CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple, to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry - you’ll arrive in Cape Town with the knowledge to succeed.
Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.
Students on this program should expect to spend approximately 30-32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) doing internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
While the Global Internship program is conducted in English in all locations students will have the opportunity to develop communicative language skills through interactions with peers and host organization colleagues throughout their internship experience. CIEE will offer non-credit communicative language activities throughout the internship program to help students learn basic vocabulary and phrases, and the integrated internship seminar will include important business vocabulary and phrases used in the workplace.
Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.
Nature of Courses
Students will participate in classes alongside other CIEE students only.
Language(s) of Instruction
All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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INSH 3806 CTSA
Academic Internship in Cape Town
The CIEE Global Internship Program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 220 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual, or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.