Why Cape Town?
Home to 3.7 million residents in its metropolitan area, Cape Town is a fusion of languages, cultures and religions and the economic hub of the Western Cape. Take in the scenic views of mountains and coastline and enjoy the sheer beauty of the city's surroundings. Start your day with coffee and a koeksister (South African pastry) and share a large Gatsby sandwich with a colleague for lunch. An IES internship in Cape Town develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
An IES internship in Cape Town develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid summer internship in Cape Town, where you’ll work up to 32 hours a week at a local business or organization. We will work with you to find the closest placement match between your professional and personal goals with what’s available for internships in Cape Town.
Before you depart to intern in Cape Town, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
Past students have had internships like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
- Nonprofit preserving Cape Town’s unique and biodiverse natural heritage through education, training, and conservation initiatives
- Full-service market research agency delivering insights and actionable growth strategies
- The organization providing safe after-school spaces to youth to support learning and success
- National sports science institute optimizing performance and informing policy to advocate physical activity and sports participation in South Africa
- Local television station using media to promote human rights, social justice, and community cultural development
- Community-based human rights organization devoted to protecting and fighting for the rights of asylum-seekers, refugees and immigrants in South Africa
- Educational science center for children
- NGO working to stop the spread of disease by feeding, nursing, and providing cleaning services to the community
- Advocacy organization advancing transgender human rights in South Africa through family support, public policy, and community resources
- Community development NGO developing and sustaining a safer, cleaner, and smarter public space
- Accounting services firm providing South African tax, company registration, and accounting expertise to national and international companies
Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!
Spend your free time exploring local gems like Greenmarket Square, Old Biscuit Mill, and the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site). Take full advantage of South Africa’s beautiful climate and geography by hiking Table Mountain, visiting Lion’s Head, hanging out with the penguins at Boulders Beach or walking along the scenic shores of Camps Bay.
While working in Cape Town, you will enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. Topics include:
- Understanding business culture
- Improving communication
- Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
- Resolving conflicts
- Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Cape Town and when you return home
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
- IN 395-B Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar (6-credit)
Field Trips & Events
We believe in experiential learning and our field trips are aimed at helping you learn more about South African culture, geography, wildlife, history, and people. In addition to trips and activities in and around Cape Town (such as a walking tour of Langa Township, a trip around Cape Peninsula, and visits to Robben Island or the Winelands), our optional field trip opens you up to a range of cultures and experiences.
Garden Route Field Trip
3 days | Orientation
Travel along the southern coastline of South Africa, better known as the Garden Route. Explore the Cango Cave system, and visit an ostrich farm and an animal sanctuary. Experience the beauty and diversity of the South African landscape as you hike and canoe along the Garden Route.
Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
Part of making you feel at home in Cape Town is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or optional field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.
The program begins with an orientation program that introduces you to the IES Abroad Cape Town staff, your fellow interns, and the city of Cape Town. Orientation will also include information sessions on professional and cultural expectations and commuting.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café--not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local young professionals are living. Our goal is that when you leave Cape Town, it will feel like home.
You will live in shared housing with shared bathrooms and kitchens, as well as access to limited WiFi. Meals are not included.
An IES Abroad Resident Assistant lives in the student residence and can serve as a great resource for tips on integrating into the local culture.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
Scholarships & Aid
Summer Social Impact Internship Scholarship
Up to 100% of room and board costs based on financial need + $1000 travel grant
The Summer Social Impact Internship Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.
The IES Abroad Cape Town Center is supported by IES Abroad staff and is a place where students can stop by and talk to staff, use WiFi, pick up their mail, and study in the Student Lounge. IES Abroad courses are also offered in the Center classroom, and special guest lectures and other events may be held in the Center space.
Features at our Center include:
- Reception area
- Student Lounge
- Meeting space
- Staff offices
About the School
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