Project Description

Social Work Internships in Cape Town.

Cape Town social work internships attract those who are willing to swap daily comforts for a unique opportunity to assist the most disadvantaged members of the community. Our social work candidates show an outstanding sense of humility, display empathy, and have a genuine desire to better the lives of others. By participating in a social work internship in South Africa, you will work alongside established South African social workers and gain experience and insight into this field that will stick with you throughout your career. If you are looking to make a positive change in the lives of others, especially those who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, than our social work internships will be a tremendously rewarding experience for you.

VACorps will help to create a South African social work internship for you tailored specifically to your professional goals. Candidates for our social work internships are expected to have a strong theoretical understanding of social work, and interest in developmental psychology, sociology, and/or prior experience working in a social work setting. We have placed program participants at internship sites in the following social work settings:

  • Orphanages and children’s homes
  • Clinics and NGO’s for those affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Women’s health clinics for victims of abuse
  • Homes for chronically ill children
  • Cape Town welfare projects in the townships

The benefits of a doing your social work internship in South Africa:

  • Complement your theoretical understanding of social work— Work within the social work field that directly relates to your area of professional interest.
  • Satisfy degree and graduate school requirements—Gain certified clinical hours and a letter of recommendation towards your professional future in the field.
  • Experiential learning —Directly assist South African social work professionals with patients assessments, group therapy, home evaluations, support services for those with HIV/AIDS and victims of abuse, charting/patient write-ups, and working alongside other public healthcare workers.
  • Make a difference in the lives of others—Connect with your patients on a personal level as you use your skills and passion to improve the everyday lives of your patients.

Contact us today to learn how you can apply for a Cape Town social work internship.

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Meet past participants:

Rose Garber

Being an intern through VAC is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture of Cape Town instead of just being a tourist. You will have a chance to do meaningful work that [...]

Zoe Zhang – Suzhou, China

I came to Cape Town with no expectations, and after spending time here it turned out to be such an amazing internship experience that my only regret was that I could not stay longer than [...]

Kelsey Glynn – Seattle, Washington

My experiences working as an intern in Cape Town have been some of the most amazing experiences of my entire life.  I have been immersed in a wonderful culture, learned snippets of a new language, made [...]

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