Cape Town Summer Internship Program

Course of Study - Internships - Eligibility - Cost - Housing - Apply


Important Dates

  • Friday, December 8, 2017: Application due
  • Friday, January 8, 2018: $2,000 deposit due
  • Friday, January 26, 2018: Resumes due
  • Friday, March 10, 2018: Final payment due
  • Saturday, June 3, 2018: Arrive in Cape Town
  • Friday, July 27, 2018: Program ends

During this 8-week summer program that combines internships and site-based learning, students can earn 6 credits (3 POL, 3 BUS) while developing a deeper understanding of the business climate, history and culture of Cape Town, South Africa.  Located at the tip of the African continent, Cape Town has a vibrant start-up culture with a growing emphasis on social entrepreneurship which affords students opportunities to be matched with NGO's and businesses based upon their professional interests. Students will intern about 30 hours.

As part of the course of study, students will participate in a number of activities designed to foster a deeper understanding of South Africa's culture, history, ecology and business environment.  The marquee event will be an excursion along the south-eastern coast of South Africa with accommodations/safari at a private game reserve.  

This program is ideal for rising juniors and seniors with an interest in healthcare, business, education, arts, or economic policy. Cape Town Summer Internship is open to all W&L majors.  

Program Director

Professor Dennis Garvis (garvisd@wlu.edu).

Course of Study

Students will be enrolled in two, 3-credit courses:

Contemporary South Africa Politics (3 cr. POL 200-level course)

This course aims to give students an introductory account of the post‐apartheid political landscape in South Africa. The course includes an overview of apartheid followed by a detailed account of the transition process and how this structured the post‐apartheid political system and societal landscape. The course will then examine some of the most important questions facing South Africans, from national identity to economic inequality.  Upon completion of the course, students will develop the tools to look beyond an uncritical adoption of the miracle rising/rainbow nation discourse on South Africa through interactive lectures, documentaries and field trips to the District 6 museum, the SA Parliament, and Robben Island.

Internship Class (3 cr. INTR 453-02 Cape Town)

This course explores cross-cultural differences as well as internship differences. Class meetings, a paper, journaling, blogging, and the final poster should apply your reading to your experiences in Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Internship Opportunities

As part of the 8-week internship experience, students will work about 30 hours a week. Cape Town internships are available to all W&L students in a variety of fields such as: Advertising, Public Health Policy, Graphic Design, Entrepreneurship, Human Rights, Medical and Health Care, Social Work, Tourism and Hospitality, Animal Science and Wildlife, Economic Development, PR and Communications, Event Management, Education, Environment and Sustainability, Finance, Journalism, Marketing, Microfinance, Publishing, Sports Management, Web Development, Youth Development to name a few.

Students will submit a resume to the program coordinator and will be matched based on professional interests.  Students should plan on being available for SKYPE interviews with perspective employers.

Eligibility

This program is open to rising juniors and seniors in any major. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 is required at the time of application.

Students are not eligible to study abroad if on academic or social probation during their semester abroad. Students accepted into study abroad programs who are then placed on academic or conduct probation will be liable for the full costs of the program even if they withdraw from the program.

Cost

The cost of the program is $7900 for the Summer 2018 Term (subject to change). Included in this program fee are: tuition for 6 credits, housing global medical insurance, bus passes, escorted excursions to Table Mountain, Stellenbosch Wine Country, Robben Island, District 6 museum, and a three-day safari at a private game reserve (some meals included).  Students are responsible for their own airfare, cell phones (apx. $40/mo.) and daily meals. Scholarships are available so please inquire with Professor Garvis at garvisd@wlu.edu.

Please note: the cost is subject to change in case of significant currency variations or increases in the cost of services. We will make every effort to inform students of price changes in a timely manner. 

Housing

Students will be housed in off-campus in efficiency apartments, near public transportation and local amenities. Students will be assigned a roommate (singles available for $500 supplement). Please contact the program director if you have special housing requests.

Apply

Applications are due by December 8, 2018.

http://offcampus.wlu.edu/?go=capetowninternship

You are in! What should you pack?

  • ID: Bring your passport and an alternative form of ID.
  • Clothing: Cape Town has a laid-back, coastal city vibe and professional attire is business casual (khakis and button-downs for men, pants/skirts and sweaters for women).  Some start-ups are VERY casual (jeans, sneakers, and hoodies) so be sure to inquire once you have finalized your employment offer.  June and July are winter months in Cape Town with cool nights but the days can be warm (like April in Lexington). Packing for layering is best.

Housing and Excursions

Housing

  • Centrally located in the Cape Town City Bowl
  • Magnificent views from every room: Table Mountain, Cape Town City, the harbour, Table Bay
  • Safe, clean, and comfortable studio apartments
  • Shopping/Dining/Public Transport are steps away

Escorted Excursions

Robben Island

More than just a penguin colony, this UNESCO World Heritage site was Nelson Mandela's prison for 18 years and is a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

3 Day Safari

Relax in the abundance of wildlife South Africa has to offer while on a 3 day safari at a private game reserve (some meals included).

Stellenbosch Wine Country

As part of the Cape Winelands, this area is a popular attraction and economic driver in South Africa.

Table Mountain

Unusually rich in biodiversity, this natural wonder is a flat plateau which serves as a haven for rock climbers, mountain bikers, hikers, and cavers.