IE3 Global collaborates with VACorps to provide high-quality, personalized internship opportunities for students in a range of professional disciplines in Cape Town, South Africa. Options may be available in private enterprise, public organizations, and not-for-profits. Through personal contact and hands-on student engagement, VACorps matches students with an organization where they can learn and make a valuable contribution.
VACorps matches students with internships based on industry interest, professional and academic experience, and regional preference. VACorps has professional opportunities in counseling, public heath, and social work in South Africa.
The following organizations are examples of the organizations you may be placed with through this internship, however, there are many other options as well. All internship sites offer good learning opportunities. If a particular organization interests you, feel free to mention this in your application, but please note that placement with a certain company cannot be guaranteed. Placement decisions are based on the skills and interest of the intern, the needs of the worksite, and position availability.
Counseling and psychology internships in Cape Town will expose you to the complexities of South Africa’s mental health care system. Your internship will give you unique access to counseling and social support services in South Africa. Examples of internships in this field include:
School Counseling: Internships in school settings are common, allowing interns to work with students on academic, social, and emotional issues. These internships may be available in public or private schools, as well as in international schools.
NGOs Focusing on Specific Populations: There are NGOs in Cape Town that focus on specific populations, such as refugees, LGBTQ+ individuals, or survivors of violence. Internships with these organizations can provide specialized counseling experience.
Substance Abuse Rehabilitation: Internships at substance abuse rehabilitation centers can provide hands-on experience in helping individuals overcome addiction and develop coping skills.
Youth Counseling Centers: Organizations that focus on counseling and support services for youth may offer internships that allow you to work with adolescents dealing with various issues.
HIV/AIDS Counseling: Given the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, there are organizations that offer counseling services related to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support. Internships in this field can be impactful.
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Interns will be accommodated in private student-oriented housing in the Observatory neighborhood. Interns will have a fully-furnished private room, and shared common areas: living room, bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities. Houses have 24-hour security. A housekeeper comes at least 2 times a week.
Interns pay a $100 cleaning fee and a $250 refundable housing deposit, directly to the housing company. The $250 deposit will be refunded, if no damage is done to the house.
House Wifi: Interns pay $20.00 per month for wireless internet connection on 2 devices. Internet may not be as reliable or fast as in the U.S.
Other Costs: Other utilities costs are split amongst the housemates.
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-Ross Druckrey, University of Oregon
My personal growth, while harder to quantify, has been just as astonishing. I always wondered if I could manage in a different culture and I know now that I can. I've also gained a wealth of experiences I can look back on when life gets boring and say, "Wow, I did those things." …the number one thing I've achieved personally is confidence. Confidence in both my work and myself, which will prove priceless in the years following my graduation in the real world trying, when trying to land a job and forge a life for myself.”
-Alex Hoelscher, University of Montana
Summer: January 25
Fall: April 15
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15
- Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of a counseling, psychology, social work, or related program.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Empathetic, non-judgmental, and culturally sensitive.
- Familiarity with counseling techniques and ethical standards.
- Willingness to learn and adapt in a dynamic counseling environment