Intern in South Africa

Program Information

Intern abroad for a semester, summer, or anywhere in between in Cape Town, South Africa! There is a wide variety of international internship placements available, so you will be able to find something that complements your professional and personal interests. You will be living in the beautiful city of Cape Town, and will get to experience the South African culture through both your internship and your own exploration of the city. You will experience:

Flexible start dates - You will have several options for completing an international internship in South Africa throughout the year. Choose from 8 week and 12 week internship placements based on your own timeline.

Custom-designed internship placement - The team in Cape Town is extremely well-connected in the area, and has been organizing internships for a number of years. Their past experiences and on-going connection-building mean you’ll be placed in the perfect internship!

Life in Cape Town - Participants live and intern in Cape Town. You will be living with other interns, which means you can explore the beaches and famous landmarks like Table Mountain with company or on your own. You’ll also have the the support of our amazing site director to help explore and develop an understanding of the local culture.

Land of Adventure - Many people regard South Africa as the adventure capital of the world. If you are interested in making a safari to see the Big 5, diving with great white sharks, or jumping off the highest bungee jump on the planet, then South Africa is for you!

360° Networking Toolkit - You will receive business cards, resume/interview coaching, and an internship completion certificate. You’ll also gain access to a seminar series on topics such as developing and maximizing a LinkedIn account, interview expectations, adding the experience to your resume, and more! Jump-start your career with our global network!

Highlights and Excursions

  • Customized international internship placement 
  • Orientation program in and around Cape Town 
  • A visit to Robben Island Flexible duration: 8 or 12 weeks 
  • Pleasant climate year-round 
  • Opportunities to connect with other international interns and students through planned social activities 
  • Unique opportunities to understand local culture

A trip to Robben Island is included in the Intern in South Africa program. Other excursions may be available for an additional fee.

Robben Island This island has been used primarily as a prison since the mid-1600s when the Dutch settled at the Cape. The prison has held numerous people, from Muslim leaders from the East Indies to indigenous African leaders to Dutch and British soldiers, and anti-apartheid activists including Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe (the founding leader of the Pan Africanist Congress) and Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratic President. In the past Robben Island was also used as a hospital and a training and defense station during World War II. In 1996 Robben Island was declared both a National Museum and a South African National Monument. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and later as a National Heritage Site in 2006.


Interns will live in shared accommodations in residences that are located within the city of Cape Town. There are restaurants, buses, and trains all located within a close distance to the residence options. Single rooms are available upon request but for an additional cost.


Placements include law, conservation, marketing &, communication, tourism, journalism, advertising and graphic design, political science, accounting / bookkeeping, culture automotive conservation, animal protection, event management, fashion, general administration, human resources, import, Export IT, computer science, job recruitment, law, logistics, market research, media - TV, radio, photography, music, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), politics, public relations, print media, restaurants, sales, social work, sport and leisure tourism


Credit may be available from your home university.

GPA Requirement


Program Dates

Throughout the year 8 week and 12 week options (There will be one summer ‘group start’ around June 10th for an 8 week program)

Program Fee

8 Weeks: $4,440*

12 Weeks: $5,240*

*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Internship placement
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Apply 90 days (in complete) before the first day of their start month
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application. 

Past Students

“We were introduced to a few Afrikaans traditions, of Sokkie (which is a style of dancing) and Braii (which is the way they bar-b-q) the people were very friendly. My experience was life changing and I would like to return one day.”

Bonnie F.