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Study Abroad in Cape Town with IES Abroad Summer Internship
Study Abroad Cape Town IES Abroad Summer Internship Students
Study Abroad Cape Town IES Abroad Summer Internship Students

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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 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.

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.

  • The Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Services (non-clinical)
  • Hotels & Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Social Development
  • 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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$5 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 $5 million 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

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.

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.

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 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

$5 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 $5 million to our financial 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 library. 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
  • Library and lounge
  • Classrooms
  • Meeting space
  • Staff offices

SEMESTER UCT STUDENTS:
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.  Please note that while Health, Culture, and Development students are also semester students, they are not enrolled at UCT, and therefore do not have access to UCT courses, facilities, or amenities.

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 Lowe
Programming & Internships Manager

Jody Felton
Housing & Office Manager

David Reiersgord
Academic Manager

Carrie Grochowski
Programme Co-ordinator