Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, the world has praised South Africa for its peaceful transition to democracy. South Africa has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world, one that upholds a respect for human rights. Yet protecting these human rights cannot be left to individuals or the government alone; there must be independent institutions to ensure that human rights are upheld in a country that, prior to 1994, was governed by one of the most repressive regimes of the 20th century. As you embark on this human rights internship, you will gain direct access to this nation’s progressive human rights culture through your daily internship work.
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. Possible South African human rights internship opportunities include human rights law, refugee rights, environmental rights, HIV/AIDS advocacy, housing rights, gender advocacy and education rights.
Through this program you will contribute to the advancement of human rights causes, researching bills for parliament and possibly assist with the writing of official policy papers and submissions. You will participate in community-based activism, urge the government through the use of local media outlets and take an active role as you investigate and deal with complaints of human rights violations from people living in Cape Town.
You may work with human rights leaders in civil society and gain a working knowledge of South Africa’s parliamentary system and current legislative debates. If you are interested in human rights legislation or seeking real world experience in politics, you simply cannot pass up one of our many excellent internship opportunities.