Human Rights Internship, South Africa

The South African Constitution is one of the most progressive in Africa, but a number of socio-economic factors mean a large portion of the population experience, or are vulnerable to, human rights violations. This human rights internship in South Africa gives you a chance to work alongside NGOs and human rights organizations as they provide services to victims of human rights violations and influence the implementation of human rights.


  • Work directly with NGOs and other human rights organizations in Cape Town who are committed to research, awareness, and advocacy of human rights in South Africa. These organizations are particularly focused on disadvantaged and marginalized people and communities
  • Develop your personal and professional knowledge and skills while working with an organization that suits your goals and interests, such as a women’s shelter, refugee center, or an organization that works with ex-offenders
  • Gain experience working directly with NGOs and organizations and learning the ins and outs of human rights issues, human rights laws, and the inner workings of these organizations
  • Be supported and mentored by a qualified and experienced lawyer, humans rights advocate, and program coordinator throughout your internship to ensure you achieve your goals
  • Participate in weekly group discussions about human rights issues in South Africa to challenge you and provide more in-depth context to your internship placement
  • Have a fully immersive schedule that is carefully curated, professional, and challenging
  • Partake in scheduled outings and activities with other international interns during your stay

About the Destination

Cape Town’s vibrant atmosphere will get your journey off to an exciting start as you experience the multicultural cuisine, fascinating history, and unparalleled scenery. During your placement on this internship in Africa, you will be located in a popular area of Cape Town called Observatory.

Observatory has a unique bohemian atmosphere and is about 4 miles from the city. Observatory is home to a number of interesting restaurants, bars, and live music venues. Your accommodation is situated in the heart of this neighborhood near nightlife and public transport.

There are three housing options which vary in style, but the general atmosphere of the housing is friendly and social. You will have your own private, furnished bedroom, but the bathroom, lounge, and kitchen are communal. You can cook your own meals or opt for prepared meals at an extra cost.

Dates & Rates

Our internship fee includes:
  • Internship placement
  • All ground transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport (arrival and departure)
  • Comprehensive orientation and tour of Cape Town
  • Weekly Xhosa language lessons
  • Weekly activities and excursions
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Internship support and mentorship
Our internship fee excludes:
  • Accommodation and meals (this can be included for you)
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Flights to and from Cape Town International Airport
  • Transport to and from your internship placement
  • Emails and telephone calls made during your placement
  • Any excursions not in your planned itinerary
  • A $250 refundable deposit for accommodation, payable on arrival should you choose to stay at internship housing
  • All tenants in Rent-a-Room properties will need to pay a non-refundable lease fee of $100
  • $10 electricity fee per month if you stay in internship housing

Why do an internship with African Impact?

You will work within your chosen field, side-by-side an African Impact project, most of which have been running for over a decade. This means you get to give back while learning new skills and living with our team of staff, interns, and volunteers.
Provide our local community partners direct support they would otherwise not receive, while gaining valuable, practical work experience. Intern support is essential for growing, developing, and monitoring our projects’ impact.
Gain deeper insight into your chosen field within the context of community empowerment and NGO work in South Africa. This provides a truly unique and extraordinary way to enhance your resume.
Be guided and supported 24/7 by experienced teams on the ground and the wider African Impact team. Welcome to next-level interning, where you receive three mentors for personal, professional, and academic development.
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