If you are interested in protecting and promoting human rights, this life-changing Internship will give you the opportunity to become personally involved in helping to generate social change. Having an international human rights internship is a unique opportunity to learn about other peoples, cultures and current human rights issues while being engaged in the process of social transformation. An internship in Cape Town, South Africa is the perfect opportunity for you to expand your cultural and professional horizons!
Human Rights Internship Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa
Cape Town Human Rights Internship Projects
South Africa is home to one of the world's most liberal constitutions and at the very heart-and-soul of this nation's new Constitution is the defense of every individual's basic human rights. Apartheid left deep cultural scars in South Africa and the new government is still working hard to eliminate prejudice, xenophobia, gender inequality, poverty and racism in communities.
Cape Town is home to the South African Parliament and as a result, there are many fantastic NGOs and government organizations based in and around the city that promote the causes of social justice and human rights. The Cape Town Human Rights Internship is an individualized placement where you are placed in an internship that best suits your professional interests and experience.
Below is a list of possible placement sites, please note however that each internship is individually tailored, based on your internship questionnaire, your background and experience, and what you are looking to gain from the placement. The below is merely an example of possible placement sites, and there is no guarantee this is where you will be placed.
Placement Spotlight—Cape Town Refugee Centre
The Cape Town Refugee Centre is an NGO that strives to improve the quality of life of refugees by meeting their basic needs on a short-term basis and enabling them to become self-reliant and self sufficient through programmes in education, counseling and therapy, entrepreneurship and job creation. The centre is not a refugee camp and does not operate one. In South Africa, refugees are given the support needed to operate within South African society.
Interns at the Refugee Centre work in a combination of three areas:
1) Psycho-Social Intervention: Interns are involved in screening refugees to determine whether they have legitimate needs and to direct them for further support. Interns may also assist support groups and counseling sessions, and administer food vouchers.
2) Educational Services: Tasks and responsibilities may include enrolling refugee children in local schools and arranging after-school activities, enrolling students in English courses and ensuring school fees have been paid.
3) Business Administration: Assisting with daily administrative tasks and budgeting. Interns in this position will also be involved in preparing and submitting grant applications and other appeals for funding.
Placement Spotlight – Ikamva Labantu
Ikamva Labantu is a non-profit organization based in Cape Town that focuses on providing the health interventions, education & skills development, food security, enterprise development and community infrastructure within South Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.
Ikamva is an umbrella organization with a network of over 1,000 projects working with and assisting various sectors of the population in South Africa — including children, youth, families, mothers, seniors, and those physically challenged.
Ikamva employs social workers, child psychologists and counselors, occupational therapists, nurses, and more.
Interns are involved in a range of office and field-based projects including research and advocacy; development of multi-purpose relief centers in disadvantaged communities; assisting with the provision of social services including primary health care, psycho-social support, access and improvement to land and buildings, food security, early childhood development training, counseling and career guidance , and more.
Placement Spotlight – The South African Media and Gender Institute:
The South African Media and Gender Institute (SAMGI) is an NGO dedicated to promoting grassroots activism through gender advocacy, media production and advocacy. SAMGI promotes human rights by increasing the range of voices heard in Southern Africa through participatory education, advocacy, lobbying and media production to improve the status of women.
Interns at SAMGI work within the Women’s Media Watch department working alongside a team of passionate South Africans who are devoted to advancing women’s causes through the media. Women's Media Watch focuses on using the media to deepen democracy and entrench gender equity, to produce and distribute media that acts as a forum for South African citizens and portrays positive images of women and men.
The programme also monitors and researches the media to provide empirical data on gender in the media. This is a research-intensive internship that also engages interns in the daily political/gender discourse taking place within South African society. Overall, candidates for this position are expected to have strong writing and research skills.
Placement Spotlight – Treatment Action Campaign:
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is an internationally acclaimed HIV/AIDS advocacy organization that was named by The New York Times in 2006 as “the world’s most effective AIDS group.” TAC advocates for increased access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV. In addition, TAC campaigns to reduce new HIV infections, and advocates for a better and more equitable public health system in South Africa.
With more than 16,000 members and 267 branches, TAC has become the leading civil society force behind comprehensive health care services for those living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. It is probably the most prominent and high-profile civil organization in all of South Africa, and has served as the inspiration for the development of like-minded organizations across the world.
Interns work with the dedicated and energetic staff at TAC’s National Office in Cape Town. They have a wide range of responsibilities including research; writing articles, policy papers, and submissions; fundraising; assisting with legal-related work, such as affidavits; logistical planning, including the facilitation of meetings and teleconferences; administrative work; and more. Candidates for this Internship are expected to have relevant coursework and excellent researching and writing skills.
WHY PAY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
Our professional internship placements can ensure your internship experience is individually tailored, to suit your specific background and experience, and what you are hoping to take away from this invaluable experience. There are a number of different reasons to invest money in an international Internship:
1.Gain invaluable experience, giving you an advantage over your peers on the job market
2.Prospective employers value international work experience, and also consider well travelled candidates to have ‘life’ experience
3.With our Professional Internship Programmes in Cape Town, we individually tailor each internship, ensuring you receive the best possible placement based on your requirements
4.We are in partnership with dozens of reputable organizations in the Cape Town area, and liaise with them on your behalf to secure a hand-picked placement.
5.We invest in our applicants, and review all required application materials carefully, before proceeding with securing your internship site.
6.You will be guided by professional mentors throughout your placement, and also receive 24 hour emergency assistance and support from your Internship Coordinator
7.Take part in CV/Resume building workshops included in your placement fee
8.Make friends for life with other international interns on the programme
9.Boost your professional stature while exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
You can join our Internship programmes for between 4 and 12 weeks, with longer placements available depending on the circumstances.
There are no specific start dates and Internship placements will commence around your travel dates, adding great flexibility for you and your studies. We do advise Interns arrive at thier placement on the 1st or 16th of any month.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa
What will I be doing?
Become personally involved in protecting and promoting Human Rights, and helping to generate social change.
- Become personally involved in protecting and promoting Human Rights
- Help generate social transformation
- Participate in the effort to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
- Experiencing the industry in a stunning new environment
- Working outside of your cultural context with people from different backgrounds
- Enhancing your CV with an international internship.
- Becoming well-versed in Cape Town’s cosmopolitan culture and spectacular geography.
- An opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
A background in any of the following will be advantageous - Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political science, Social services, Business and NGO administration, Accounting, Finance, Education
Upon your arrival into Cape Town you will be collected at the airport by one of our project facilitators and transferred to your accommodation. You will then take part in a two-day extensive orientation programme. During these 2 days you will be familiarised with the requirements of your internship site and learn how to maximise your time during your stay. During orientation you will also have discussions on history, local politics and geography. The facilitators will give you lots of practical information on living in Cape Town, including a review on emergency procedures, and detailed information on health, well-being and safety issues. You will then have a tour of the city and the public transportation methods to help you familiarise yourself with your surroundings.
Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of our experienced internship coordinators. They are part of our greater African Impact support team, which will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.