Advocate for Cape Town’s most vulnerable

Social work internships in Cape Town

Bring compassion and skill to uplift Cape Town’s most vulnerable communities. We’ll match you with placements empowering society’s overlooked – from clinics serving those with HIV/AIDS to shelters assisting abuse victims. Our social work candidates show an outstanding sense of humility, empathy, and a genuine desire to better the lives of others.

If you are looking to make a positive change in the lives of others, especially those who are victims of abuse, abandonment, and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, then our social work internships will be a tremendously rewarding experience for you

Social work internships through VACorps

Child and family social work

Gain skills in counseling, child development, and family dynamics while helping to keep families together.

Healthcare social work

Get firsthand experience providing psychosocial support to patients and families in hospitals, clinics, hospices, and other healthcare settings.

Community development

Gain knowledge of grassroots organizing methods and public policy issues affecting communities.

Social justice

Develop skills in counseling, mediation, and activism while promoting diversity, inclusion, and empowerment.

Work on social impact projects

We have placed program participants at internship sites in the following social work settings


  • Orphanages and children’s homes
  • Clinics and NGO’s for those affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Women’s health clinics for victims of abuse
  • Homes for chronically ill children
  • Cape Town welfare projects in the townships

Custom social work internships

VACorps will help place you with your preferred social work internship organization or company. Whether it’s working alongside a women’s health clinic or supporting a children’s home your internship will address your specific goals.

Benefits of a social work internship in Cape Town

Gain hands-on experience
Build clinical hours and recommendations
Determine your issue-area focus
Make a difference in the lives of others

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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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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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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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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