Launch your healthcare career in vibrant Cape Town

Medical internships in Cape Town

If you’re considering a career as a nurse, physician assistant, or doctor, we offer an excellent selection of medical internships in South Africa. Through our program, you will work alongside qualified healthcare professionals leading the charge against infectious and chronic illnesses.

In South Africa, there is a high demand for healthcare in low-income areas of the city, and many public hospitals and clinics lack appropriate funding and access to primary care. The overall experience will help you gain valuable perspective on barriers to care while witnessing remarkable resilience.

Medical internships through VACorps

General practice

Shadow experienced physicians across core specialities and assist them with patient intake, exams, testing, diagnoses, and developing treatment plans.

Infectious disease

Gain exposure to leading epidemiology research combating malaria, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other prevailing diseases.


Learn about women’s health specializations like pregnancy care, fertility, prenatal testing, birthing methods and early infant growth milestones.


Work with healthcare specialists focused on treating infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.


Assist experienced dentists perform various oral care techniques to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Tailor healthcare experience to your interests

Many South Africans lack adequate access to comprehensive healthcare. This means that your healthcare internship has the potential to impact the lives of many while you gain a deeper understanding of healthcare in Africa.

Custom medical internships with VACorps

Whether you are looking to gain experience shadowing doctors and other healthcare professionals in a clinic or hospital, or an internship that involves a specialised field such as dentistry, pediatrics, or epidemiology, we will place you at a site where you will receive an experience that is relevant to your professional objectives.

Benefits of a medical internship in Cape Town

Develop real-world care skills
Boost expertise through immersive learning
Enhance cultural and clinical capabilities
Expand your professional network

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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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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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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