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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Emily Heiser

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
St Joseph's College

I will always look back on my time in Cape Town as a very special time in my life, and I owe it all to Connect-123!

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Allysa Miller

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Salisbury University

I loved every minute of my time in Cape Town. I was able to gain so much experience in my field while obtaining life experiences that I only dreamt of having. I don’t believe words can express the love I have gained for South Africa.

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Mallory Slavin

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Michigan State University

I gained valuable experience in my field while working for a human rights organization and in the South African Parliament, all while experiencing the unique culture of South Africa and making lifelong friends!

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Austen Zoutewelle

Human Rights intern | Cape Town
University of Texas at Austin

My Human Rights internship in Cape Town was spent working at an organization that addresses violence against people with sexual and gender minority status in the Western Cape. I helped compile research that informed the organization's positions on relevant policy issues in Parliament.

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Sophia Nelson

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Drexel University

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!

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