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 Cape Colony. Take in the scenic views of mountains and coastline on your commute. Start your day with coffee and a koeksister (South African doughnut). For lunch, share a large Gatsby sandwich with a colleague. 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. After the work week, 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.


Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Accounting
  • Business & Marketing
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Film
  • Health
  • Hotels & Hospitality
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • NGOs
  • Social Media
  • Travel & Tourism

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Cape Town
  • City: Cape Town
  • Country: South Africa
  • Program Credits: 3 or 6 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

June 11 - August 11

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


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)


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. Single or shared bedrooms within furnished group housing, bathrooms and kitchens are shared with other students; linens provided (not towels) and laundry is nearby; limited WiFi, Residential Assistants provide support and cultural exchange (no meals provided).

Student Life


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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • At least sophomore standing prior to application; rising junior status at time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 12 months after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
  • Non-U.S. citizens attending U.S. schools: Native English fluency or test scores demonstrating English proficiency, including IELTS scores of 6.0 or above or TOEFL certificate with a score of 500 or above for paper or 60 or above for internet.
  • Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.


Summer 2018 3 Credits

  • Tuition: $2,725
  • Housing: $1,320
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $4,180

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.

Program taught in:
  • English
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