Doing your internship abroad is often a tough decision to make. An internship in South Africa is a perfect place to do this, as our culture and heritage is so diverse, and we deal with very real issues of poverty, human rights violations, refugees, among many. Our South Africa internship projects are very carefully chosen to match your field of studies.

We have partnered with many organizations in Cape Town, to give you the best possible internship experience, where you can learn, apply your knowledge, and be hands-on.

The minimum stay for an internship in South Africa is 3 months.

We cater for many fields of study, including Social Work, Psychology, Human Rights Studies, Law Studies, Political Studies, as well as offering internships in South Africa in other fields like Photography, Coding, Public Relations and Communications.

We also find internships in South Africa for you, should your chosen field of study not be listed above. We have trained staff that have many years experience in finding internships to suit your needs.

We also offer 6 weeks field studies options.

3 Months



39 000

Following Weeks R2 000/week


  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfer
  • Project Placement
  • Mentor at project
  • Introduction day in Cape Town
  • Day tour to Cape Point and Penguin Beach
  • Donation to Project
  • Registered sim card to use in SA
  • 24/7 contact person at African Sunrise
  • Help wth Visa questions and papers if needed


  • Visa Costs
  • Flight
  • Travel Insurance
  • Food

Projects to choose from

Prison Reintegration Project

This project is a non-governmental organization that facilitates community reintegration and reconciliation for community members trapped in substance abuse, men and woman in the justice system (Prison parolees) and their families through advocacy, education and restorative justice. It aims at providing rehabilitative programs for victims, ex-offenders and families, by promotion and enabling healing and reconciliation for those in our community affected by crime and substance abuse. 

Homeless Shelters for Men and Women

We partner with a group of Homeless Shelters around Cape Town. The Organisations provide temporary shelter, physical care, social welfare, and family re-unification services. They also serve meals, and offer various workshops and skills training. Interns will get the chance to work directly with the social workers and clients, and run workshops for various issues. Working within the homeless community for those who have not yet found a shelter is also a programme we offer - this is identifying reasons for homelessness and working with individuals. Assisting with the feeding programmes on a daily basis is also part of the project. 

Baby and Neonatal Care Project

This very special project has developed this inpatient hospice unit for children. The unit provides multidisciplinary paediatric pain and palliative care service for children requiring ongoing treatment upon discharge from a specialised hospital. Families may choose to have their children re-admitted to the unit if symptoms or situations arise with which they cannot cope or if their children need terminal care that cannot be provided at home. Social Work interns needed for this project. 

Social Empowerment for Abused Women

This project is an instrument for social economic development and entrepreneurship. It also consists of a wing for sport and recreation at four homes of safeties. As a result of their previous circumstances, many of the women in the programme are at a disadvantage when entering the job market. This organisation has developed a programme which prepares the participants to generate income on leaving shelters, through entering the labour market or by becoming entrepreneurs. It includes advanced life-skills, civic education, participation in volunteer programmes in the community, career guidance, vocational and entrepreneurial training and job placements.

Community Development/Urban Planning/Journalism

Be a part of changing a community! This Improvement District Organisation aims to develop and sustain a safer, cleaner and smarter public space throughout the suburb you will be staying in during your time here in Cape Town. It also aims to contribute to a commercially attractive, artistically vibrant, ecologically sustainable and family-friendly environment. The further aim is to foster a relationship between residents, ethical businesses, other stake holders and the city.
INTERNS are needed in the following fields:
Law/Legal Studies,
Environmental or urban development and planning
Photography / Journalism
Research work / surveys / Social Media / Marketing / Facebook / Twitter
Organizational development / administration / management / project management

Children’s Homes of Safety

Work directly with Children from homes where violence, abuse and substance abuse has taken place.  You will work with a social worker, and be a part of the children’s therapy and safety process, as well as family reintegration.

Good for Social Work students, Psychology, and Teaching.

School for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The school uses a combination of one on one and group teaching. Structured teaching (TEACCH), Applied behavioural analysis (ABA) and Augmentative Communication Methods and South African Sign Language are used to help learners.

A safe space is provided where routine, scheduling and life skills are taught to help the learners fit into everyday society. The school looks at varied approaches and keeps up to date on the latest research with regards to teaching learners with Autism.

Great for Psychology, Social Work and Teaching students.

The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy

This Organisation assists refugees and asylum seekers arriving in South Africa and more specifically in the Cape Town area with education, legal matters and integration into the South African society.

The Organisation works in collaboration with South African government and is involved in lobbying, media outreach, refugee rights awareness, education and advocacy campaign management.

Good for, but not limited to, Human Rights Studies, Law studies, Psychology.

Young Men's Reintegration Programme

At this Project, you will work closely with young men between 18-25 that need help in finishing their high school studies, finding a job, or simply finding a way to be reintegrated into society. The project aims to provide young men from impoverished communities the chance to pursue meaningful, independent lives though connections to educational opportunities, positive social alternatives and training in life skills. Only male interns are accepted for this project.

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programmes

We have partnered with Cape Recovery, an Organisation that works with various Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres in Cape Town. Be a part of group sessions, daily activities and therapy with recovering addicts. Cape Recovery also has Eating Disorder clinics, as well as various other Rehabilitation Programmes.

Good for, but not limited to: Social work students, Psychology students, Counselling Courses.

Old Age Homes

This Organisation provides 24 hour frail/hospice care, various services, the provision of 225 meals per day and developmental opportunities to as many older destitute persons in a safe and protected environment.
Most of the clients have experienced major trauma and losses, i.e loss of their home, income, spouses, children, physical health, etc. and this coupled with the nature of progressive ageing increases their vulnerability. Internships include working closely with the Social Workers, workshops with the clients, and one-on-one counselling. 

Sex workers advocacy and human rights defence programme

This Organisation is at the cutting edge of sex-worker advocacy,  human rights defence, and mobilisation in Africa.

Work here includes encouraging sex workers to explore, and voice, their own actualities, experiences and protests using a human rights approach.

This is done through direct engagement in workshops, public events and a national toll-free help line. Good for, but not limited to, Social Work, Human Rights, Law, Psychology, Communications.

Centre for Abused Women and Children

This Organisation is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse. The vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.

You will be working with supervisors and social workers, as well as psychologists, to assist in the therapy and empowering of the women and children.

Nursing, Physiotherapy and Child Care

There exists a dire need for step-down inpatient care at a community level to support and prepare families to care for their children. This very special project has developed this inpatient hospice unit for children. The unit provides multidisciplinary paediatric pain and palliative care service for children requiring ongoing treatment upon discharge from a specialised hospital. Families may choose to have their children re-admitted to the unit if symptoms or situations arise with which they cannot cope or if their children need terminal care that cannot be provided at home.

Internship in South Africa