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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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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Rupinda Gill

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
King's College London

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. I worked with some fantastic individuals who were all welcoming and made lifelong friendships with other Connectors!

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Adriana De Lucio

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Northeastern University

My overall experience in Cape Town allowed me to learn more about my area of academic interest and myself as a person. The five months I spent in Cape Town were truly transformative and I’m grateful to Connect-123 for the memorable adventure.

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Christine Oswald

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
Ohio State University

Connect-123 provides a solid support system while giving you enough space to explore and learn how to navigate a foreign country on your own. The skills and experiences I have taken away from Cape Town will stay with me for the rest of my life.

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Tess Freydberg

Human Rights Intern | Cape Town
University of Texas at Austin

After graduating college, I knew that I wanted to travel and gain more life and work experience before finding a full time job. I’ve done a lot of traveling but chose Cape Town because it seemed so different from everywhere else I’ve been. Con...

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