Human Rights Internships

South Africa boasts what has been acclaimed as the most progressive constitution in the world, and yet faces many significant challenges as a country still in transition. As such, it provides a stimulating environment for anyone to learn more about human rights issues. Previous Cape Town human rights interns have had richly rewarding experiences in this field.

Cape Town human rights internships have included assisting case workers at refugee centers, researching gender-rights issues in relation to the ‘Millennium Development Goals’, and reporting on child labor issues. Other opportunities include advocating and involvement for human trafficking legislation both in South Africa and observing Parliamentary hearings. In fact, previous Connect-123 human rights program participants in Cape Town have had their research published.

Check out our other human rights internships in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Dublin.

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Sophia Nelson

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Drexel University
7 November 2017
Living and working abroad has taught me so many life skills and given me wonderful experiences I will never forget. I know I’m going to be back there soon!

Maggie Crowell

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Washington and Lee University
4 August 2017
Picture a stunning, palm-lined coastal city situated in the shadow of Table Mountain -- a city with unmatched culture and welcoming people. Then, picture a knowledgable and relatable team of individuals dedicated to assisting you with everything from finding t...

Rupinda Gill

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
King's College London
28 July 2017
The internship provided by Connect-123 at an NGO offered me challenges and experiences that I would never be exposed to if I would have undertaken an internship in Europe. The organisation offered me an opportunity to push myself and use my own initiative to discover new and innovative ways to make a difference to the life of refugees in South Africa and help them deal with the xenophobia that they face in everyday life.

Maria Spano

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
King's College London
19 July 2017
I came to South Africa, Cape Town more specifically, to have a direct vision of the reality of a country which underwent recent internal struggle. Being interested in political risk and emergency and conflict situations, I decided that a country like South Afr...

Emily Mayfield

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Dickinson College
12 June 2017
My three months in Cape Town were the best of my life thus far. As a transfer student taking a gap year, I wanted a rewarding internship experience overseas where I would not only learn a lot about the culture of the country I was living in, but also about mys...

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