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Cape Town Summer – Internship

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.

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.


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
  • 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!

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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$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.


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.

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

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. 

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.


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. Internet access is available but not guaranteed.  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. 

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 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019
3 Credits
$3,175 $1,540 $135 $4,850

Summer 2019
6 Credits
$3,675 $1,540 $135 $5,350

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Service Learning Summer Internship Scholarship
Up to $5,000

The Service Learning 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.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.

Our Center

The Fall and Spring Cape Town programs are based by the IES Abroad Cape Town Center and supported by IES Abroad staff.  The IES Abroad Cape Town Center is located by the University of Cape Town campus. The Center 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
  • Classrooms
  • Meeting space
  • Staff offices


The University of Cape Town campus offers several amenities for students enrolled in the UCT semester program, such as: access to libraries, museums, theaters, cafés, and university sports facilities. There is a free UCT shuttle service (the Jammie shuttle) around campus and nearby areas for UCT students.  Health, Culture, and Development students are also semester students, and while they are not enrolled at UCT, they do still have access to UCT facilities, amenities, clubs, and societies.

Our Staff

Natanya van der Lingen

Center Director

Natanya took up the position of Center Director at the IES Abroad Cape Town Center after working as the Assistant Director of the IES Abroad Center in London and as the Resident Director of an IES Abroad French language summer program in Quebec City, Canada. Originally from South Africa, she graduated from the University KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa where she majored in Spanish and French, and also studied Linguistics, Sociology, Drama, Zulu, and Afrikaans. She spent a year studying abroad in California as a Rotary International Exchange student and has also lived in the UK, Argentina, and France, and has traveled to over 40 other countries around the world.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff

Devonne Bobbert

Short Programmes Manager

Sarah Zeelie

Programming & Internships Manager

Jody Felton

Housing & Office Manager

David Reiersgord

Academic Manager

Carrie Grochowski

Programme Co-ordinator