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Fields of Study: Humanities, Science, Social Sciences

This eight-week full-time internship program is designed to prepare you for leadership n a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce. You'll be placed in an internship based on your professional needs and goals.

Your internship placement may be at an innovative start-up, a global or multinational company, or a nonprofit organization. You can choose from a variety of industry sectors, including:

  • Communications: Advertising, marketing, public relations, design, or media
  • Technology: Software, hardware, finance tech, mobile apps, or e-commerce
  • Business: Information technology
  • Community development: Economic planning, NGOs, microfinance, public health, social entrepreneurship, or social work
  • Health sciences: Nutrition, food justice, or public health

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore the professional working world of Cape Town through organizational site visits, industry networking events, and guest lectures.
  • Take part in professional workshops to gain international business, networking, and interviewing skills.
  • Develop effective intercultural skills through a personal development plan.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and Credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: One internship course for a total of 9 UC quarter/6 UC semester units.
  • You may take the course for a letter grade or pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

This eight-week full-time internship (35-40 hours per week) program includes an integrated academic course. The weekly seminar is a hybrid course, both online and in-person, that meets once a week and has weekly readings and assignments that require a work plan and ongoing reflection. At the end of the online and in-person seminar, you’ll write a capstone paper. 

Catalogs and resources

Academic Culture

You’ll learn to adopt professional manners and clothing throughout the internship project, and follow the CIEE and host organization's internship protocols.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for this program are typically available in mid-October.

Assessment occurs via assignments and activities related to the academic seminar:

  • Online discussion forums
  • Small group peer coaching
  • Reflective papers
  • Individual or group presentations
  • Analysis of readings
  • An informational interview and internship work plan
  • Feedback from an internship supervisor

Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.