Human Rights and NGO Law Internship, South Africa - African Impact

Human Rights and NGO Law Internship, South Africa

At the very heart-and-soul of South Africa’s Constitution is the promotion of human rights, continuing to combat prejudice, xenophobia, gender inequality, poverty and racism in communities. Embark on a Human Rights Law Internship in South Africa and change your life as you acquire valuable skills in your industry, impact local communities, learn about yourself, experience a new culture, make new friends and embark on many fun and adventures.


  • Play a part in a dynamic legal environment
  • Work in an internship location that depends on your skills and experience, which can include human rights law firms, HIV/AIDS advocacy NGOs, human rights policy centers, refugee centers, environmental law firms and government organizations
  • Be involved in monitoring legislation, drafting policy papers, affidavits and other legal documents, giving legal advice, assessing human rights claims, conducting research, meeting with clients and attending court cases
  • Work directly within the communities you serve as many of our best Cape Town law internship offerings are located at small grassroots NGOs that are based in the townships (low-income areas of the city). Here your daily work responsibilities will have a tangible impact upon the communities you are serving

About the Destination

Cape Town’s colourful and vibrant atmosphere will get your journey off to an exciting start as you experience the tasty and diverse cuisine, rich culture and unbeatable scenery. As you work and travel in Africa you will be located in the popular area of Cape Town called Observatory, only 7km from the centre of the city. This suburb town has a unique bohemian atmosphere providing trendy restaurants, lively bars and live music performances. Your accommodation is centrally located to the shops, restaurants and public transport.

The general atmosphere of the program housing is friendly and social. You will be sharing shower and toilet facilities, however will have your own, private, lockable and furnished room. All interns will also have the use of a lounge area with DSTV [cable television] for relaxation. Meals can be provided at an extra cost, should you prefer not to cater for your own meals.

During your stay you will build meaningful relationships and gain valuable insights into the complexities of both poverty and social development. You will gain new perspectives and an appreciation for your own luxuries and come to realise how strong you really are, doing things you never imagined you would have the chance to do.

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Volunteer Reviews

“I cannot believe that my 2 months in Cape Town are up, I have definitely been in denial that I am ever leaving this wonderful city. My experience definitely exceeded my expectations; the staff were so friendly and welcoming, and I was trusted with responsibility when dealing with individual refugees’ cases. It was extremely eye opening to learn about the struggles that many of the refugees unfortunately faced back in their home countries and also upon their arrival in South Africa.
Cape Town is the most incredible city to explore, as it is so unique in the way in which there is both the busy cosmopolitan city centre, yet the beautiful mountains and beaches are so close by. All in all this has been one of the best 2 months of my life, and I know it is not goodbye as I will definitely be returning to Cape Town in the foreseeable future!”

Lucy Hart

“I knew that Cape Town would be good for me. Invaluable human rights experience? Check. Hiking? Check. Surfing? Check. Wine tasting? CHECK. I could go on. I clung to my bedroom door as I left, wailing that I loved it too much to let go, just like I felt for every other part of my life in this beautiful city.

My internship at SWEAT allowed me to exercise the legal research skills I had developed at university while also teaching me how to work in the completely unpredictable world of NGOs. To gain the trust of the women at SWEAT has been one of the most rewarding things ever and I will miss them all a lot. I’ve learnt so much about South Africa and myself since I got here and it has only made me greedier to see more. However, out of all the personal goals that I’ve accomplished, I think my biggest achievement will be getting myself to my departure gate”

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