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  • Cape Town, South Africa
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 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.

Your Internship

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.

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES:

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

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

Daily Life

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.

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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 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.

Your Internship

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.

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES:

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

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

Daily Life

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.

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$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings.  A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395A - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 3 Credits Summer English 3
IN 395B - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 6 Credits Summer English 6

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Cape Town, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations:

Garden Route Field Trip

3 days | Summer

Travel along the south-eastern coast line of South Africa, better known as the Garden Route. Explore the Cango Cave system, visit an ostrich farm, and select a visit to an animal sanctuary. Experience the beauty and diversity of the South African landscape as you hike and canoe along the Route.

Robben Island Day Trip

1 day | Summer

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability. 

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

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.

Housing

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 (no towels) and laundry is nearby; limited WiFi, Residential Assistants provide support and cultural exchange (no meals provided).

Get to Know Your New City

Hit the Beach(es)!

Cape Town has miles of coastline and beautiful white sand beaches. Clifton and Camps Bay beaches are some of our favorites!

See the Waves Crash Against Cape Point

stand on the most southwesterly point in Africa and enjoy the spectacular clifftop views. If you're lucky, you may see an ostrich or baboon!

Meet the Penguins

You'll come face to face with adorable residents of Boulders Beach!

Relax in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, this spectacular garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic, catch an outdoor concert, or just take a contemplative walk.

Climb Table Mountain

No stay in Cape town is complete without taking in the views from the top of this iconic mountain. If the hike up sounds too daunting, you can take a leisurely ride to the top of the cableway.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2018
3 Credits
$2,725 $1,320 $135 $4,180


Summer 2018
6 credits
$3,155 $1,320 $135 $4,610


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.