Help lead healthcare innovation in Cape Town

Public health internships in Cape Town

Bring your healthcare skills to organisations battling South Africa’s most pressing health threats – from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19. We’ll match you with mentors driving research, education and frontline care.

During a public health internship abroad in South Africa with VACorps, you will work alongside qualified healthcare professionals in conducting epidemiological research, assessing access to care in South Africa, and conducting research, data collection, and education outreach programs in the community.

Public health internships through VACorps


Gain broad exposure to public health programming and operations by assisting with marketing, social media, fundraising initiatives, and report writing.

University work/Affiliations

Assist Dr. White Ndwanya with lectures/working with South African university students (undergraduate and graduate students).

Experiential learning

Dive deep into current public health issues by working closely with Dr. White Ndwanya on projects.

Develop real-world public health skills

This is a structured immersion internship with additional supervision and support. The objective is to provide you with a hands-on public health internship abroad in South Africa.

Through a combination of mentorship, discussion, reflection, and hands-on practical experience in the field of public health, the program will deliver an immersive experience. You will develop practical skills coinciding with the theory learned in university while acquiring an understanding of how public health shapes health in ‘key populations’ in South Africa.

During your internship, you will be indirectly supervised by the Program Manager. Therefore, you are expected to take the initiative to identify ways you can contribute, especially in areas of career interest.

Benefits of a public health internship in Cape Town

Gain frontline experience
Determine your specialty interests
Enhance cultural competence
Ignite your inner changemaker

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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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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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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