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Political Science Internship in South Africa

Political Science Internship in South Africa

South Africa is a dream destination for a political science internship abroad.  The country is only two 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 most free-and-fair constitutions in the world. A political science internship in South Africa will give you a first-hand 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.

What can you expect from a political science internship through VACorps?

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 first-hand experience in politics and policy development while interning at a government department, policy institute, NGO or South African political party. Past political science interships have included the following areas of academic focus:

  • Law and Justice
  • Public Policy
  • Political Analysis
  • Political Campaigns and Elections
  • Legislative Research
  • Community Outreach and Political Awareness
  • Political Advocacy

The Benefits of a Political Science Internship in Cape Town:

  • A first-hand look at world of politics: The legislative branch of South Africa sits in Cape Town. Therefore we are able to place clients in professional positions within SA’s parliament and government agencies that will give you first-hand experience in government operations and relations.
  • Build your Portfolio: The political science field can be an extremely competitive field. Experience can be integral to start and effective career in politics. Students can build their CV’s and resumes by completing a professional internship in Cape Town.
  • Experience Cape Town: In addition to gaining professional work experience, you will also have the opportunity to live in one of the most unique and beautiful cities in Africa. Known as the “Mother City,” Cape Town is a vibrant city with an eclectic mix of new and old that you will quickly fall in love with.

A political science internship in South Africa will provide you with an opportunity to be exposed to the legislative system by monitoring parliamentary meetings and to expand your cultural boundaries, all while living in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

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Meet past participants:

Owen W, California, USA (2021)

Owen joined the VACorps program in Cape Town in January 2021 as part of his GAP year. He participated in a political science internship at an NGO that advocates for a number of important [...]

  • Political Science Internships in South Africa

Joel Ferrett – Victoria, Australia (2019)

Joel (pictured on the right) is in his third year of undergraduate studies doing a double Bachelor's degree in Theology and Global Studies. He joined the VACorps Program in July 2019 and participated in [...]

  • Political Science Internships in South Africa

Siena Miller – Seattle, USA (2019)

Siena is studying towards a double degree in Humanities for Leadership and Public Affairs at Seattle University. She joined the VACorps Program in June 2019 and participated in a Political Science Internship.  "I have [...]

  • Political Science Internship in South Africa

Kay Groover – Tennessee, USA (2018)

Kay is studying towards her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at Samford University.  She joined the VACorps Program in June 2018 and participated in a political science internship.  "I began looking for an [...]

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