- Cape Town, South Africa
- Program Type:
- Intern Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Work Types:
- Animal Sciences, Arts & Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Fashion, Hospitality, Journalism, Law, Medical, Nursing, Psychology, Religion, Sciences & Environment, Social Sciences
- Program Description:
Recently named as the most entrepreneurial city in South Africa, Cape Town is the perfect place for your summer internship abroad. With IES Internships, you are guaranteed an unpaid, 8-week internship placement of up to 40 hours per week in a business or organization that suits your career goals. Build a global network of professional contacts and gain real-world experience all while exploring everything that Cape Town has to offer.
While in Cape Town, you’ll live other IES Abroad interns in shared apartments or houses, well-located in central Cape Town. You’ll also enroll in our required 3- or 6-credit internship seminar where you’ll discuss cultural issues in the workplace. On the weekends, join IES Abroad-organized field trips that take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of South Africa. Travel along the south-eastern coast line, explore the Cango Cave system, and visit an ostrich farm. All of this – and more – awaits you in Cape Town.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 125+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- The New York Times named Cape Town the #1 place to go in 2014. You’ll love the crystal clear blue waters, the breathtaking mountains, and everything in between. But there’s more to Cape Town than its beauty—its dynamic society is ever-changing and growing, and you can witness it first-hand. Immerse yourself in the African culture and explore one of the most diverse environments in the world.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- We offer more than $3 million in financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Based on 2 Reviews
- A Bitter Sweet Moment09/27/19
Throughout my whole two months abroad in Cape Town, South Africa my experience was an adventurous and challenging one. I was able to expand my cultural knowledge on and learn information about different types of townships and their history. In addition,
I grew on a personal note by learning how to be more patient and adaptable to a more laid-back work environment where the main priority is based on sustaining and building relationships. On a professional level, I gained more practice with my communication skills, self-motivation, adaptability and computer skills. I definitely did experience a lot of moments when I would feel homesick, but to help overcome these moments I would just hang out with friends and call my family. And of course, when it was time to leave to go back to the States I was not ready. However, I do know that I will be visiting again. From my observations when there are staff meetings, I noticed that in my work environment here hierarchy and power dynamics are respected and of high value. In contrast, back home in the states, it is not uncommon to see people with high authority in work environments being questioned and/or challenged. Also, at my workplace, I can only refer to my supervisor by the name Mam T. Like I have said before Mam T is the principal for the school, so I am not allowed to call her by her first name as a way of expressing respect. But, in the states at work, it is not that big of a deal if you call someone that has more authority than you by a first name basis. These specific observations made it more clear to me that the work environment is the states has more flexibility for informality. Another major difference that stood out to me was the range in the organization while interning here versus working in the States.read moreBottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- A City Surrounded By Mountains!09/27/19
Cape Town was nothing like I expected. The city was completely surrounded by mountains. I climbed Lion's Head and rode a cable car in order to reach the top of Table Mountain. Both times, the views at the top left me breathless. I am not much of a hiker,
but hiking up at least one of the mountains is a must! There were many cultures that came to reside in Cape Town and so many different cuisines to try. I enjoyed Cape Malay food the best, and I highly recommend going to Bo-Kaap, a former township in Cape Town. I was also able to visit Robben Island, one of the prisons that Nelson Mendlon was incarcerated in. It was an eye-opening experience because one of our tour guides was imprisoned on the island and spoke a little about his time there. The rich history in Robben Island and in South Africa as a whole was taught to my peers and I through a course and overtime during our time there. My internship placement taught me so much more about not only South African culture but also the culture of neighboring nations. South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation, and I understood the label once I started at my internship. There were so many clients from different countries that came to South Africa with the same sole purpose of bettering their own lives and their families. I was able to learn so much through the people I met and the places I saw.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend