Help lead policy in Cape Town: South Africa’s seat of power

Political science internships in Cape Town

South Africa is a dream destination for a political science internship abroad. The country is only three decades removed from the turbulent era of Apartheid, and many of its citizens maintain vivid memories of the country’s dark political past. Today’s “New South Africa” is guided by a progressive constitution that is considered to be among the freest and fairest constitutions in the world.

A political science internship in South Africa will give you a firsthand look at the current climate of South African contemporary politics and the issues facing a young democracy. Your internship will also allow you to participate in the policy debates that will help determine the future of South Africa.


Political science internships through VACorps

Law and justice

Work alongside attorneys arguing cases, judges rendering decisions, or advocates furthering justice system reforms surrounding important legal issues facing the country.

Public policy

Assist public officials in researching, developing, and evaluating potential policies that serve public interests and advance the quality of life locally and nationally.

Political analysis

Work closely with analysts tracking regional/global socioeconomic trends, demographic data, voting patterns, and legislative/electoral developments.

Political campaigns and elections

Work directly with political parties and grassroots organizers, learning how municipal, regional and national campaigns are built.

Legislative research

Help research complex policy topics, write position papers, prepare key legislators for debates, and help inform lawmaking.

Community outreach and political awareness

Assist grassroots organizations in expanding public participation, voter registration, and public engagement.

Help shape the political landscape

The South African Parliament is located in Cape Town, making the city the ideal place to participate in a political science internship in South Africa. You will receive firsthand experience in politics and policy development while interning at a government department, policy institute, NGO, or South African political party.

A political science internship in South Africa will expose you to the legislative system by monitoring parliamentary meetings and expanding your cultural boundaries.

Tell us your policy interests so we can facilitate placements that shift what’s possible!

Benefits of a political science internship in Cape Town

Support SA’s progressive constitution
Gain irreplaceable government experience
Build connections across sectors
Immerse yourself in Cape Town’s rich history

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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