Hospital and Healthcare Internship, Cape Town

During this internship, you will be placed with one of African Impact’s partners, a renowned public hospital in South Africa. As part of the medical department team at Victoria Hospital, this unique opportunity will see you working side-by-side qualified healthcare professionals, gaining first-hand experience and knowledge about South Africa’s public healthcare system. Through this, you’ll be equipped with a wide range of skills and knowledge that will further your career.


If you are considering a career in nursing, medicine, global health or hospital administration – this is the right internship for you.

WHILE INTERNING AT VICTORIA HOSPITAL, YOU WILL:

  • Receive exposure to a clinical environment and add value to a medical facility
  • Accompany doctors on their morning rounds in a department that aligns with your own professional interests
  • Synthesize and apply knowledge in the core areas of clinical health, as you work towards the universal goal of physical, emotional and mental well-being for all members of society
  • Investigate the role of preventive interventions and treatments such as education programs against non-communicable diseases, and help implement these
  • Secure clinical hours and participate in regular meetings with the doctors from this teaching hospital to discuss your progress and implementation of your own project looking to improve healthcare at this facility
  • Be supported by a highly-experienced Personal Development Coach and Academic Trainer to acquire and develop new skills
  • Live and work in Cape Town, officially the most beautiful city in the world
  • Spend your weekends exploring everything this amazing destination has to offer, including Table Mountain, Robben Island, stunning beaches, eclectic restaurants, and endless adventure activities

About the Destination

Cape Town is an internationally renowned destination and has something for everyone. The Mother City is home to iconic Table Mountain, beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards and people that will leave your heart fuller. Enjoy some of the most scenic drives it the world, a beautiful mountain backdrop, spot stunning marine life and sample some of the eclectic restaurants and markets which has seen Cape Town recently been named the No. 1 Food City in the World! Plus, you have the Garden Route on your doorstep!

You will be staying in a fully furnished house situated in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from the beach. This area is one of the major tourism attractions in Cape Town and a surfer’s paradise.

The area is filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants, and you’ll be based just opposite a major grocery store for you to do extra shopping should you need. The accommodation is a cozy, safe home that boasts a central lounge and dining area, a living room with some comfortable couches for socializing and relaxing, preparing for your next day or chatting with fellow interns, as well as a spacious backyard in the sun to relax, or to enjoy a South African Braai. It is the perfect base from which to explore this incredible city. African Impact supports you in full during your internship and you’ll get all your accommodation, meals, daily transportation and project support 24/7 so you can focus on your internship goals and get the professional experience you are looking for.

Close by to your internship accommodation is Victoria Hospital, South Africa’s second oldest hospital (1889) and one of the country’s most renowned, given it has implemented, developed and created world-class initiatives and techniques in healthcare that have been copied and replicated all over the country. It is also the only public hospital in this region of Cape Town, meaning it has to cater to a population of 800,000 people, most of which come from extremely underprivileged communities. There are wide disparities in South Africa’s healthcare system, where public hospitals like Victoria Hospital have to care for 80% of the population with only 40% of the available resources.

You will spend between 2 to 6 months living at African Impact’s program base in Muizenberg, Cape Town; a sociable shared home with other interns and volunteers. From here you will travel daily to Victoria Hospital, where you will work alongside highly qualified professionals who will eagerly share their wealth of knowledge with you.

Dates & Rates

Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in Cape Town – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our interns, volunteers and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who are there to support you 24/7
  • Full training and mentoring within your chosen field
  • Transport to and from your internship placement
Our internship fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry

Why do an internship with African Impact?

You will work directly within your chosen field, side-by-side an African Impact project, most of which have been running for over a decade. This means that you get to give back something while learning new skills, and live with our team of staff, interns and volunteers. Win-win.

Provide our local community partners direct support they would otherwise not receive, while also providing valuable, practical work experience for you (if you’re asked to make a cup of coffee, a refund is heading your way). Intern support is essential for growing, developing and monitoring our projects’ impact.

Gain deeper insight into your chosen field within the context of community development or conservation in Africa. This provides a truly unique and extraordinary way to enhance your resume.

Be guided and supported 24/7 by highly professional and experienced teams on the ground, as well as from the wider African Impact team. Welcome to next-level interning, where you will receive 3 individual mentors for personal development coaching, professional development mentoring and academic training.

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