Program Overview

Intern during the semester or summer in Cape Town, South Africa! With a variety of enriching placements available, you will find a great fit for your professional interests. In addition, you’ll get to practice independence in the lively progressive city of Cape Town, known for its active and welcoming LGBTQIA+ communities. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by staff who will help orient you, settle you in, and ensure that you can comfortably make your way around the city. Embark on any number of adventures in South Africa: surf with penguins, dive with great white sharks, or climb Table Mountain! Immerse yourself in the local culture and live with interns from all over the world.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: January 15 | February 1
Fall: May 15 | June 15
Spring: October 1 | October 15
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CIS Abroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
  • Customized internship placement in Cape Town and the surrounding townships
  • Multi-day orientation to help you transition into Cape Town life
  • Weekly activities in the program to keep you active and engaged
  • Flexible duration: eight or twelve weeks
  • Opportunities to connect with other international interns and students through planned social activities
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample art and design internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

Intern at Graphic Design Company
Gain insight into a geographically unique industry—here at the southern tip of Africa, we have distinctly different influences from the rest of the world. Our digital design work draws from our local flavor and the pool of creativity that is endemic to Cape Town. As an intern, you'll be able to learn from our perspective even as you influence it.
Photography Intern at Media Company
This internship puts you on location in South Africa, where you'll assist with photography and media work in a range of locations, from the beach to a balcony overlooking the city. Expect to work as a team and gain valuable, hands on experience while working alongside the film crew.
Graphic Design Intern at Print and Digital Magazine
Put your graphic design skills to work under the supervision of a South African art director. You’ll source and edit appropriate images for projects, check quality of images in preparation for print, and develop creative ideas. You'll have the opportunity to learn from professionals about how to liaise with both the editorial team and our clients to obtain design approval, making changes as required and often on a tight deadline.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Life in Cape Town

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of South African life, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever heard of “Bobotie?”) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to South Africa.

on the candy colored streets of cape town

Local Life

  • Festivals and Music Gigs: South Africans love their festivals! Every season offers something special, whether it’s music or fun events; it’s a great way to experience community.
  • Baphumelele Orphanage: Visit and volunteer at this local orphanage. Participate in their monthly art and yoga program.
  • Long Street: Lined with Bohemian coffee shops and bookstores, discover why this is the heartbeat of Cape Town’s city center.
  • V&A Waterfront Harbour: Take a stroll along the harbour, enjoying the sweeping views of the Atlantic.
  • Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood: Here you can learn how to cook local Cape cuisine!
  • Greenmarket Square: Shop in this local market and get great bargains for Pan-African crafts.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Cape Point Nature Reserve

This reserve marks the southwestern-most tip of the continent. Enjoy dramatic views, deserted beaches, and fantastic hiking trails.

Boulder's Beach

This sheltered beach is made up of gigantic granite boulders which provides calm waters for swimming. You’ll have to share the beach with the African penguins who nest there.

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Table Mountain

Ride up the cable car in Cape Town’s famed National Park. It won’t be hard to see why it’s called Table Mountain.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Emma Thomas
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Internships Focus

Travel Tip: I always seek out local live music when I travel. Music is a great way to get to know the country you’re in, and it’s a great place to meet new people.

Learn more about Emma

Sonya Bell
Site Director in South Africa

Travel Tip: To really experience local culture, no matter where you are in the world, always watch where the locals go for lunch – they usually go for the best local cuisine at the most affordable prices. Also, always be aware of your surroundings and trust your gut.

Learn more about Sonya

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    January 15
    May 4 (Estimated)
    June 29 | July 27 (Estimated)
    $5,990 - $6,990
    8 week internship: $5,990 12 week internship: $6,990
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    February 1
    June 1 (Estimated)
    July 27 | August 24 (Estimated)
    $5,990 - $6,990
    8 week internship: $5,990 12 week internship: $6,990
  • Fall 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    September 2 (Estimated)
    October 24 | November 21 (Estimated)
    $5,990 - $6,990
    8 week internship: $5,990 12 week internship: $6,990
  • Fall 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 15
    October 7 (Estimated)
    November 30 (Estimated)
    8 week internship: $5,990 12 week internship: $6,990
  • Fall 2020: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    July 15
    November 4 (Estimated)
    December 28 (Estimated)
    8 week internship: $5,990 12 week internship: $6,990
  • Spring 2021: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    January 17 (Estimated)
    March 13 | April 10 (Estimated)
    $5,990 - $6,990 (Estimated)
    8 week internship: $5,990 12 week internship: $6,990
  • Spring 2021: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    October 15
    February 14 (Estimated)
    April 10 | May 8 (Estimated)
    $5,990 - $6,990 (Estimated)
    8 week internship: $5,990 12 week internship: $6,990

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing in a communal house with single room
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program