Human Rights and Legal Studies in South Africa

An internship with a view

The professional experience you’re seeking to advance your career, plus global travel to give you a whole new perspective. Let WI work out the details for you and get you on your way with confidence.

Location:Cape Town, South Africa
Duration:4 -8 Weeks
Organization:Social Service Organizations

Role, Responsibilities and Experience

You’ll service disadvantaged South African communities as a Human Rights Intern in Cape Town. Supervised by a highly-important human rights lawyer on the African Police Civilian Oversight Forum, you’ll work with any number of shelters throughout the city and surrounding townships that provide services to victims of rights violations. By working directly with service providers and the people they are trying to assist, you will gain exposure to the challenges associated with protecting and exercising one’s human rights in South Africa. You can look forward to explore the fields of non-profit legal advising, social services, and community responses to human trafficking and domestic violence.

Under the mentorship of an experienced Human Rights Lawyer, you’ll participate in these Weekly Discussion and Reflection Themes:

Week 1: An introduction to human rights in South Africa

Week 2: Fundamental Rights and limitations of the law in South Africa

Week 3: Unpacking the complexity of gender-based violence and limitations of the law

Week 4: Criminal justice reforms: policing, prisons and the courts

Week 5: Socio-economic justice and collective rights: the challenges of achieving meaningful transformation

Week 6: Final reflection

Optional extra session: There will be a special advising session for all students preparing law school applications in the USA and/or preparing to find jobs in the field of human rights.

Program Highlights


Experience the famous Garden Route during a weekend safari and outdoor adventure tour through the 300-kilometer stretch of coastal road, known to be the most beautiful region of the country.

Local Activities

Spend Monday evenings further immersing yourself in South African Culture and experience local Xhosa-culture, language lessons, ‘Kaap’ slang’, and South African cuisine. Spend your Friday evenings with other international interns enjoying all that Cape Town has to offer in a range of activities including yoga, sailing, surfing lessons, cheetah conservation outreach, hiking, wine tasting and more!

Global Training

Learn to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting by understanding your own work style. GlobeSmart -- an innovative online profile -- will help you make the most of your professional experience.

Exceptional Support

Enter the country with ease and come back home with a plan. We will provide you with the career guidance and recommendation you need to land your next job.

Job Guarantee

Find a job in your field or we’ll refund your program tuition! We believe in the value of our programs so much that we will refund you your program tuition if you are not able to land a job in the field of your program within one year of completing your program.

What You Can Expect From WI

Personal Fit

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach; we believe in you. We will find you the perfect internship based on your goals.

Detailed Orientation

We provide you everything to thrive in an international setting. From online guides to resources that ensure you’re ready before you leave.

24/7 Support

Before you travel, while you’re on-site, and when you return to your home country, the WI team will be there for you.

A Better Resume

Resources to make your resume shine so you can really make an impression on your future employer, and get the most out of your internship.

Complete your application and get your placement confirmation in as little as 7 days.

Program Details & Fees

Program Start Dates:
May 13 2019
Jun 03 2019
Jul 01 2019
Sep 02 2019
Oct 07 2019
Jan 20 2020
Feb 10 2020
Mar 02 2020
May 18 2020
Jul 06 2020
What's Included
  • Internship placement and professional supervision
  • Personal pre-departure orientation
  • Housing accommodations
  • Airport pick-up
  • On-site orientation & city tour
  • Loaded local SIM card
  • 24/7 On-site emergency support and services
  • Comprehensive medical and accident insurance
  • Re-entry Workshop with career coaching resources
  • Opportunity for Brand Ambassador programs, LinkedIn endorsements, letters of recommendation, and more

Ready To Go?

Whether you need more information or you’re ready to apply for a program, we’re here to help you get started. Our expedited selection process means that your internship is confirmed in as little as 10 days and your application fee is fully refundable if we can’t place you in your desired program. What are you waiting for?