Immerse yourself in South Africa’s progressive legal landscape

Law internships in Cape Town

If you are a foreign student interested in law internships in South Africa, our program offers some excellent opportunities within this field. Many of our finest legal internship opportunities involve human rights law in South Africa, although we also offer more traditional law internships in startup and environmental sectors.

Our human rights law internships in Cape Town are arguably our most unique internship offerings within the legal field because many firms and NGOs work directly with the South Africa Parliament to promote human rights causes.

Law internships through VACorps

Human rights law

Work alongside policy analysts and legal advocates, furthering domestic and international human rights protections.

Refugee law

Assist legal groups, aid organizations and law firms representing asylum seekers.

Environmental law

Work alongside advocates and policy work groups tackling issues like biodiversity preservation, conservation finance and more to protect vital ecosystems.

Corporate law

Learn about the legal system and the various responsibilities of a lawyer who works in corporate law.

Gain legal experience promoting human rights

There is a rich legal tradition in South Africa, and legal scholars from across the globe admire the South African Constitution, which was drafted in 1994 after the end of Apartheid.

At the heart and soul of South Africa’s new Constitution is promoting human rights. Apartheid created deep racial divisions in South Africa, and the new government continues to combat prejudice, xenophobia, gender inequality, poverty, and racism in communities.

As a human rights intern, you will be placed directly within this dynamic legal environment.

Custom legal internships

VACorps will help facilitate an immersive legal internship that will help you define and work towards your personal and professional objectives.

Benefits of a law internship in Cape Town

Become familiar with South African and international law
Defend vulnerable communities
Intern in a country that is famous for its human rights law traditions
Work directly within the communities you serve through your daily internship work

The time is now to explore, connect, and invest in yourself in Cape Town. Let us match you with an experience that counts.

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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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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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