Join our award
winning Cape Town 
internship program

Flexible scheduling

Custom internship length between 4-12 weeks


VACorps offers a safe and immersive experience to motivated and adventurous people from around the world, fostering a vibrant multicultural community built on trust.

Years of experience

Students joined us

Internship categories

Things to do in Cape Town

Experiences that fast track your career


Advance global health through research placements at renowned labs pioneering new medical technologies.

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Business and Finance

Gain emerging market finance experience at funds and startups leading Africa’s investment frontier.

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Clean Energy

Champion climate justice contributing skills to expand clean energy access for underserved communities.

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Safeguard Cape Town’s treasured yet threatened ecosystems, working alongside frontline conservationists.

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Counseling & Psychology

Address mental health needs with trauma specialists bringing care to overlooked communities.

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Teach and inspire students gaining classroom skills at under-resourced schools, uplifting disadvantaged youth.

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Innovate solutions by collaborating with firms tackling urgent infrastructure and development challenges.

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Gap Year

Preview future careers interning in your field of choice while enjoying life-expanding adventures.

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Human Rights

Advocate for the vulnerable assisting organizations protecting rights and services for marginalized groups.

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Develop multimedia skills reporting on Cape Town’s dynamic political, social and cultural happenings.

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Champion justice by researching landmark cases and conducting outreach alongside leading human rights firms.

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Shape brands for good by managing campaigns empowering social enterprises and community programs.

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Media, Film & Photography

Launch your creative career on sets and in studios alongside Cape Town’s top film, TV and photography talent.

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Boost your clinical skills by shadowing doctors on the frontlines of South Africa’s pressing healthcare battles.

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Occupational Therapy

Master your occupational therapy craft with specialized mentors guiding pediatric, mental health and elder care.

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Physical Therapy

Gain hands-on experience working alongside leading physical therapy practitioners.

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Political Science

Inform policy researching legislation within parliamentary offices and progressive think tanks.

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Public Health

Protect the vulnerable by collecting data, assisting workshops and expanding community health access.

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Refugee Work

Empower asylum seekers to help refugees access housing, employment, healthcare, and legal aid.

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Social Work

Uplift the overlooked co-facilitating therapy and evaluating interventions for at-risk youth and families.

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Speech Pathology & Audiology

Help people find their voice by practising techniques guided by specialized clinical mentors.

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Sports Management

Gain industry expertise assisting in operations, marketing and events for national federations and clubs.

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Catalyze solutions directly supporting projects increasing environmental protections and food security.

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Build skills collaborating with pioneering startups leveraging innovations to drive financial inclusion.

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Our program specializes in finding Cape Town internship opportunities that will satisfy your academic, professional and intellectual needs.


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Weekly Cultural Excursions

Housing Assistance

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Tech internship in Cape Town

University of Michigan student Eric Chen participated in a tech internship at a Cape Town-based startup called Lula. Hear what he has to say about his internship with VACorps and his time in Cape Town.

Award-winning program

2023 GO Community Choice Award Winners

 VACorps is the proud winner of the Go Overseas Community Choice Awards for Top Internship Abroad Providers of 2023 for Support and Top Gap Year Providers of 2023 for Housing & Fun!

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Alumni hall of fame

Devang Shah

  • 2018 Political Science Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Award-winning filmmaker

Riley Hallaway

  • 2018 Media, Film and Photography internship Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Video Journalist at Forbes

Madeleine (Dreyfuss) Henstra

  • 2011 Graphic design Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Head of Agency at FDC

Kelly Stone

  • 2011 Human Rights Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Policy Development and Research Advisor

Elspeth Boynton

  • 2012 Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Co-Founder and CEO at diiVe

Luke Cleary

  • 2008 Marketing Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Weekend Anchor and Nightside Reporter for Late News Tonight at ABC10, Sacramento, CA

Cornelius Sanford

  • 2021 Human Rights Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 M.A. International Affairs Candidate American University School Of International Service

Rhia Patel

  • 2016 Human Rights Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Head of Growth Marketing – Songkick x Warner Music Group

Justin Bean

  • 2010 Sustainability Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Author & Speaker

Caroline Parker

  • 2013 Law Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Law Clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Sam Gips

  • 2010 Human Rights Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Director, Strategic Partnerships at The Howard Hughes Corporation

Geoffrey Neale

  • 2014 Engineering Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 PhD, AFHEA, MIMMM | Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow; Lecturer in Multifunctional Composite Structures and Chair of SATM Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Cranfield University

Brian Allen

  • 2013 Media, Film and Photography Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Immersive Thought Leader / Co-Founder / Emmy Award Winner / Entertainment Consulting Solutions

Lauren Blodgett

  • 2013 Human Rights Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Executive Director & Founder at The Brave House

Nate Geier

  • 2007 Technology Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 CEO at Mintbase

Stephanie Medina

  • 2016 Human Rights Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Partner Engagement @ Zinc Collective

Joshua Dilk

  • 2009 Law Intern with VACorps
  • 2024 Sr. Director Associate General Counsel, Securities & Corporate Governance at Waters Corporation

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