Project Description

Occupational Therapy Internships in Cape Town.

Cape Town occupational therapy internships are extremely popular due to the high demand for OTs in South Africa. By participating in an occupational therapy internship in South Africa, you will work alongside established occupational therapist and gain a true hands-on experience that’s so rare elsewhere in the world. As public health awareness in South Africa continues to grow, so does the need for competent, enthusiastic students to support these health programs.

Occupational therapy internships in Cape Town through VACorps:

Occupational therapy is a very rewarding field and we will work with you to source an ideal internship site that meets your professional goals. Students with a strong theoretical understanding of human anatomy/physiology, developmental psychology and/or prior experience working in rehabilitative settings should consider an OT internship in Cape Town. We have placed program participants at internship sites in the following occupational therapy settings:

  • Children and youth occupational therapy
  • Geriatric occupational therapy
  • Health and wellness occupational therapy
  • Mental health occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitative occupational therapy


The benefits of a doing your occupational therapy internship in South Africa:

  • Satisfy degree and graduate school requirements—Gain certified clinical hours and a letter of recommendation towards your professional future in the field.
  • Complement your theoretical understanding of OT— Work within the occupational therapy field that relates to your area of professional interest.
  • Experiential learning —Directly assist South African health care professionals with client-centered assessments, activity analysis, home, school and job site evaluations, promoting wellness, patient write-ups, and long-term patient goal setting.
  • Make a difference in the lives of others—Connect with your patients on a personal level as you use your skills to improve the everyday lives of your patients, and aid their continued progression towards a healthy, happy life.
  • International networking— Acquire international experience with an occupational therapy internship and develop your professional CV/resume.

Contact us today to learn how you can apply for a Cape Town occupational therapy internship.

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Meet past participants:

Bailey Poor – Tennessee, USA (2019)

Bailey joined the VACorps Program in May 2019 and participated in an Occupational Therapy Internship.  "Before arriving in Cape Town, I planned out in my head step by step what to do when going through [...]

  • OT internship abroad - Isabelle Maher

Isabelle Maher— Ohio, USA (2018)

I stumbled upon the VACorps website while google searching for summer internships and instantly fell in love with the idea of coming to Cape Town for an occupational therapy internship, as it is tough to [...]

Kelly Willard – California, USA (2018)

Kelly participated in an occupational therapy internship in Cape Town with VACorps in 2018. "Interning in Cape Town at a children's rehabilitation hospital has been truly incredible. I am so thankful that VACorps was able [...]

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