Virtual Global Internship in South Africa

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Master remote working while adding international experience to your resume.

Remote work isn’t the future way global business will function – it’s the present. With a virtual internship in South Africa, work on projects for an international organization from your home base while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. Apply your in-class knowledge to real-world projects, gain hands-on experience, expand your skill base, and learn what it’s like to work remotely across time zones and cultures. Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual internships can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, resume, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for future internships on site.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 140-290 contact hours | U.S. credit may be available
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!

Highlights:

  • Gain international experience without leaving your home - and earn up to 3 credits!
  • Earn a Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
  • Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to South Africa
  • Regular check-ins and support from your Site Director
  • Structured seminars to build professional skills and support the possibility of home school credit

Internship Placements

Business & Economics - Virtual internships available in South Africa

Below are a few sample Business & Economics - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Business & Economics - Virtual internships
<h4>Economics Intern at Startup Accelerator</h4>

Economics Intern at Startup Accelerator

Support tech entrepreneurs in vibrant Cape Town with work tailored to your skillset. Contribute to a leading accelerator focused on high-growth startups in digital finance, connectivity, data and behavioral analytics, and enabling technologies while learning about how a startup incubator functions.

<h4>International Market Research at Superfood Startup</h4>

International Market Research at Superfood Startup

Learn more about the plant-based health food industry in South Africa as you help a startup explore international markets. Conduct market research, SWT analyses, and build potential customer lists for a growing company already leading in its category and looking to expand to the U.S., Europe, and South America.

<h4>Intern at High-Growth Startup Accelerator</h4>

Intern at High-Growth Startup Accelerator

Hone your business skills at a leading accelerator focused on high-growth startups in blockchain, connected devices, payment solutions, capital markets and asset management, integrated supply chain, e-commerce, and more. Depending on your skills and experience, you’ll support innovative South African incubator businesses in development.

Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning - Virtual internships available in South Africa

Below are a few sample Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Hospitality Tourism & Event Planning - Virtual internships
<h4>Intern at Day Tour Provider</h4>

Intern at Day Tour Provider

Hone your online marketing skills while learning a ton about the tourism industry and small business operations. Work with a leading South African provider of day tours in Cape Town as you support online lead generation, product marketing, and other administrative hospitality tasks.

IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships available in South Africa

Below are a few sample IT & Computer Systems - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with IT & Computer Systems - Virtual internships
<h4>Intern at Technology Solutions Firm</h4>

Intern at Technology Solutions Firm

Put your (literal) networking skills to use at a leading South Africa technology firm that also operates internationally. Projects will be tailored to your skillset, but work may include supporting customer troubleshooting issues around network management, data security, and backup and recovery.

Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships available in South Africa

Below are a few sample Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with Marketing Advertising & PR - Virtual internships
<h4>Digital Marketing Intern at Mental Health Org</h4>

Digital Marketing Intern at Mental Health Org

Sharpen your wide range of digital marketing skills – social media, digital workshops and presentations, and fundraising – as you support an emerging organization working on mental health needs in Cape Town, including prevention through education with at-risk youth. Additional tasks include website maintenance and copywriting.

<h4>Marketing Intern at Youth-serving Nonprofit</h4>

Marketing Intern at Youth-serving Nonprofit

Hone your social media and fundraising skills as you support an innovative nonprofit in Cape Town. The organization’s mission is to create an environment for young women to overcome adversity and experience personal and social development. You’ll help concept and implement new fundraising campaigns while sharing the org’s work on social platforms. 

<h4>Digital Marketing at Platform for Female Entrepreneurs</h4>

Digital Marketing at Platform for Female Entrepreneurs

Support marketing operations at an innovative platform that connects, inspires and supports existing and aspiring female entrepreneurs. Work directly with the operations manager in Cape Town, managing the different chapters, helping with marketing, PR, and events organizing. Potential opportunity to work with recently launched incubator program.

<h4>Marketing Intern at Urban Environmental Org</h4>

Marketing Intern at Urban Environmental Org

Flex your social media marketing skills (or web design and programming) at an organization dedicated to urban greening and environmental education. Bring your professional communication skills to leverage a worthy and sustainable cause –  building urban ecological corridors in Cape Town!

NGOs and Non-Profit - Virtual internships available in South Africa

Below are a few sample NGOs and Non-Profit - Virtual placements undertaken by past participants. There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized. Contact an advisor to learn more!

Other countries with NGOs and Non-Profit - Virtual internships
<h4>Research Assistant for Human Rights Lawyer</h4>

Research Assistant for Human Rights Lawyer

Intern remotely for a human rights lawyer in Cape Town, gaining exposure to the challenges associated with protecting and exercising one’s human rights in South Africa. You’ll conduct policy research, prepare briefs, and learn more about the legal system in South Africa. Projects may also include business development.

<h4>Intern at Youth Athletic Non-Profit</h4>

Intern at Youth Athletic Non-Profit

Bring a host of skills to this unique nonprofit in South Africa that aims to empower girls through football. So many projects are ideal for remote work, like grant research, fundraising, proposal writing, graphic design, and curricula development for social emotional learning. Additional projects may include planning football events and clinics, workshop planning, stakeholder engagements with partners, and staff recruitment.

Program Details

Your Virtual Experience

Your Virtual Experience - South Africa

The Experience

Once you apply and submit your $90 deposit, you’ll have a Skype interview with your CIS Abroad Program Enrollment Coordinator to learn more about your work experience and goals so we can start looking for the best-fit internship placement for you. We’ll also make sure you get pre-departure support to ensure you’re feeling great about your virtual experience. 

Online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship. CIS Abroad teaching assistants, under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context.

About Our Partner

SUPERVISOR CHECK-INS

Look forward to “face-to-face” meetings with your host organization supervisor at least once a week to ensure you’re on the same page and get additional feedback and direction on your project. This will also help you practice key skills like facilitating a remote meeting and working with remote colleagues in a cross-cultural setting. Additional, daily communication with your supervisors is expected – you’re already a pro at technology platforms, so this will be second nature to you.

Itinerary

Online seminars are a core part of your virtual internship. CIS Abroad teaching assistants, under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, provide ongoing support, guidance, and reflection sessions that help you understand your work experience in a cross-cultural context.

SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS


The curriculum is structured around seven main elements:

1. PRE-PROGRAM CULTURAL ORIENTATION
5 contact hours

You’ll participate in an online, interactive cultural orientation with CIS Abroad staff located in South Africa, where your internship organization is based. This orientation will focus on topics such as the impact of the local culture on business etiquette, improving cross-cultural communication skills, and adapting work styles accordingly, giving you tools for success working within that culture.

2. PRE-PROGRAM SEMINAR: OWN WORKING REMOTELY

10 contact hours

You’ll explore each of the four Remote Work modules individually, learning the fundamentals of working in a remote environment and across cultures at the same time. The seminar is followed by an online reflection session with other virtual internship participants, facilitated by a CIS Abroad teaching assistant. You’ll reflect on your learning, share your progress and challenges, and discuss what cultural differences you’ve encountered to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your virtual internship experience. The modules include:

  • Remote Roles & the Future of Work
  • Communication & Client Management
  • Productivity
  • Work-Life Balance

3. MENTORED, HANDS-ON LEARNING
Session 1: 120-240 contact hours | Session 2: 90-180 contact hours

Guided by your on-site supervisor, you’ll work on tasks and assignments that meet the needs of your internship organization. Deliverables are specific, relevant to the industry, demonstrate application of classroom learning, and can be shared with potential future employers. Upon completion of your virtual internship, you’ll produce a final video, presentation, or similar deliverable (to be determined in consultation with your internship supervisor) which presents the outcomes/results of your internship.

4. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
Minimum 10 contact hours

This online seminar offers an opportunity to reflect on your personal drivers, values, and how you want to be perceived as professionals entering the workforce. You’ll also be exposed to the critical skills necessary for the dynamic future of work, including communication, networking, and technology.

5. INTERNSHIP SEMINAR SERIES: WORKING ACROSS CULTURES
Minimum 10 contact hours

While we’re familiar with our own culture, what happens when we shift across cultures and the rules suddenly seem to change? From the entrepreneur seeking to launch a product in a different country, to the U.S.-based engineer working on product design with counterparts in India, to the social worker assisting individuals from a range of backgrounds – the exposure to other cultures is all around us. To be successful in navigating both international and domestic cultural differences, you need an understanding of what culture is, how it affects your interactions with others, and what skills you must develop in order to be successful intercultural leaders.

6. CROSS-CULTURAL DEBRIEFS
10 contact hours

CIS Abroad site directors will facilitate live cross-cultural debriefing sessions each week via remote learning technology. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss in real time, with staff in-country, what is happening in your virtual internship placements; come to understand the whys behind the culturally-based interactions you’re having; and learn what other virtual interns are working on and experiencing.

7. POST-PROGRAM SEMINAR: OWN YOUR CAREER
Minimum of 5 contact hours

CIS Abroad teaching assistants will guide you in individual reflection, utilizing the STARR framework: Situation, Task, Action, Result, Relates*. This process shows you how: a) to translate your experience into content for your digital profile and augment your self brand; b) to frame your experience for potential employers; and c) these experiences are transferable to other fields – helping you articulate your experience in order to increase employability.

Session 1: 170-290 total contact hours
Session 2: 140-230 total contact hours

Virtual Intern for Credit

Want to earn 3 credits for your virtual internship? We can do that!

A respected New Hampshire university, Plymouth State University is CIS Abroad’s accrediting partner for internship programs. Plymouth State University is a NEASC accredited institution with over 20 years of experience awarding internship credit both domestically and internationally. Plymouth State University has been nationally recognized for its commitment to the environment and for innovative programs that are making an impact both regionally and globally.

Learn more about interning for credit through Plymouth State University here.

Why Virtual Life in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most stunningly beautiful cities. The impressive Table Mountain rises over the city, where cable cars offer tremendous views of the South African coastline. Cape Town is one of three capital cities of South Africa—the other two being Pretoria and Bloemfonteim—and serves as the legislative branch of government. The city has also played host to major sporting events, including the semifinal matches of the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. If you’re a history buff, visit the digital gallery on restitution, hosted by District Six Museum. While you’re planning your someday trip IRL, learn about the penguins who call the region their home.

Live La Vida Local

  • Move it, move it:

    Learn about vibrant South African dance like gumboots and Zulu. Your Virtual La Vida Local engagements will teach you how.

  • Learn to cook:

    Beef Bobotie and Pap are truly South African dishes. We’ll teach you how to prepare them like a true South African.

  • Explore South African culture:

    Virtual events are more popular than ever - soak up all kinds of cultural experiences to form a connection with your colleagues.

What's Included

Inclusions

  • CIS Abroad advising support throughout placement process and duration of internship experience
  • Support pursuing university credit (optional)
  • Pre-Departure and Post-Program seminars to set you up for success
  • Daily/weekly check-ins with host organization supervisor
  • Internship Placement Confirmation Guide, which lays out the project work and outcome of the remote internship
  • Opportunity to present end-of-program project results to supervisor and/or remote organization
  • Working Virtually Across Cultures digital credential
  • Access to Insta LIVE: On-Site Culture Sessions
  • Virtual La Vida Local Online Series

Site Director

Sonya Bell
Travel Tip:
About:

On completion and graduating with a National Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Sonya decided to travel the world. Participating in a cultural exchange program led her to Vail, Colorado, where a 4-month working visa allowed her to experience what being away from home was all about. Upon returning home, Sonya worked for many years in both the airline industry and tourism in Cape Town, and has now ventured into self-employment by being appointed as an Accredited Assessor for the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Excited to be able to tap into her own experience in working abroad, Sonya enjoys offering support and guidance to those embarking on new journeys, forming new relationships, and showing off her beautiful home country – as well as spending time with her husband and two fur babies.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Michelle Everard

Dates & Prices

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