Remote Internship in South Africa with VACorps

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Find a remote internship abroad and contribute to a meaningful project in South Africa. Acquire invaluable professional experience that represents the future of employment. Discover South Africa’s vibrant culture, build your international professional network, and make new friends without needing a passport or a plane ticket!

VACorps will find you a remote internship abroad with a South African company, startup, nonprofit, or NGO. During this unique international work opportunity, you will receive a career-relevant internship and work on projects that benefit your host organization. If you are unable to find time to travel to South Africa, yet want to engage with local organizations in a meaningful way, a remote internship experience is your ideal solution.

VACorps is famous for delivering a program experience that makes our participants feel like an honorary member of our South African family. We proudly continue this tradition through our remote internship programming!

Highlights
  • Gain invaluable international work experience and make new friends without needing a passport or a plane ticket!
  • Receive a remote internship placement that is customized to your academic and professional needs.
  • Gain an advantage over your peers during future job interviews by taking on a remote internship, which is one of the new norms in today’s world.
  • Discover South Africa's vibrant culture through the VACorps Virtual Culture Series
  • Have an insider’s look into the local South African culture through regular one-on-one conversations with our team of some of the friendliest individuals!

Popular Programs

Remote human rights internship program in South Africa

The VACorps Remote Human Rights Internship program is a structured internship that is facilitated by Human Rights Program Coordinator, Kelly Stone, who is a qualified lawyer in the USA and is currently a human rights policy advocate in South Africa. The program delivers an immersive Human Rights internship in South Africa through active mentorship. You will develop practical skills while acquiring a deep understanding of the human impact of right’s violations and challenges in South Africa.

Remote public health internships in Cape Town

During a remote public health internship with VACorps, you will work alongside qualified healthcare professionals in conducting epidemiological research, assessing access to care in South Africa, research, data collection, and education outreach programs in the community. South Africa faces many serious healthcare issues, including high rates of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and more recently, COVID-19.

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Janyxa
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun and creative remote internship experience in South Africa

I chose a remote internship in South Africa because of the projects offered by the program-- it matched with what I want to do professionally in the future. What I loved the most about my remote internship was the people I worked with; communicating with my colleagues was fun and easy. What I learned about myself is that I do well when working with others and can take constructive criticism and create something everyone can agree on. What I will miss the most is creating and planning projects with my team.

Prior to the start of my remote internship experience, I wanted to become more comfortable and practice creating social media posts and I was able to accomplish this goal! I also enjoyed editing a project proposal for funding because I was able to put my excel skills to use!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Communication is key and be willing to work with time zone. Done be afraid to share your ideas!
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Isaac
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Understanding South African law and the struggles many people face in SA

I originally chose South Africa to do an internship in-person, but unfortunately Covid-19 ruined those chances. I wanted to intern in South Africa because I believe it has a very interesting culture, it is a place that comes with a sense of adventure and I wanted to be doing something that was positive and helping those in need. I chose to do Human Rights Law with a South African company because I wanted to gain industry experience that I could use in my future career as a lawyer in Australia.

I learnt a lot about South African law, the struggles many people face in SA and the difficulties of Zimbabwean refugees. I learnt a lot from my cultural sessions and wish I had more time with my team. I will miss the calls with the VACorps staff, they were really friendly and did their best to deliver an authentic experience for me.

There is a lot of value I received from working with a NGO that defends the rights of refugees living in South Africa-- personally, I think I developed a lot as a person because of this experience. I am more culturally aware because of this experience. Working with my internship site supervisor was great. It was really inspiring to see someone work so hard for making the world a better place.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. When researching, keep trying different combinations on google because you can find all kinds of different sources. Work hard, avoid distractions, and put your phone away.
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Janyxa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My fun remote graphic design internship in South Africa

I chose South Africa because of the previous projects they had and the opportunities matched up well with what I want to do in the future. What I loved the most about my internship was the people I worked with-- communicating with them was fun and easy.

What I learned about myself through this internship is that I do well when working with others and can take constructive criticism and create something everyone can agree on. What I will miss the most is creating and planning projects with my team. I wanted to become more comfortable and practice creating social media posts and I was able to accomplish this goal! I also enjoyed editing the proposal for funding, I was able to put my excel skills to use!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Communication is key and be willing to work with the time zone. Done be afraid to share your ideas!
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Indi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Multidimensional human rights law internship experience in South Africa

I chose South Africa, due to my interest in the country and yearning to help others in an environment that included diversity and challenges to what I knew. I wanted to expand my knowledge in law and be able to put into practice what I have been learning in university. What i loved most was the variety in cases I worked on, it was everything from family law to law of torts with a heavy dose of constitutional law. I was given a a goal with independence on how to get there which pushed me to think outside the box and view things multidimensionally rather than one from one point of view.

What I learned about myself is that I definitely want to continue learning how to use law as an instrument of good rather than enrichment and I appreciate so much what my supervisor does for people. It is truly inspiring and his easy going attitude along with his sense of duty to each client made me feel really secure about going in to each case. I will never forget the feeling I felt when my supervisor asked us to help draft a case that was supposed to go up before the High court in order to amend refugee law-- I felt a great commitment to my fellow human beings who are displaced in the world not by choice and depend entirely on the laws of a foreign nation to provide them mercy. What I will miss the most is literally just working, because that is how much i enjoyed it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just go in with an open mind, and move with the flow. This is where you realize the true form of who you are and open your eyes to what you truly want to do.
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Rose
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Challenging & rewarding public health internship in South Africa

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent working with the team in South Africa. Having a virtual, international internship was challenging and rewarding in many ways. I wish I had been able to be there to see the progress and effects of my participation! Unfortunately, with the current pandemic, that was not possible. I do think the experience has taught me a lot about time-management and what my abilities are, as opposed to what I thought they were....I will miss the smiling faces and kind words from those with whom I worked. I hope that I left a lasting impression as well.

I was able to work in a real-world environment with products and experiences that mattered for more than just trying to obtain a good grade. I was introduced to the world of non-profit organizations and the difficult, yet rewarding aspects that come from being involved with them. The experience and advice I was given by Dr. White-Ndwanya will be crucial to my obtaining employment in the future!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared for work! Interning, especially in a virtual environment, takes a lot of self-discipline and dedication. Ask questions and make sure the expectations are clear before starting on a project. Enjoy the experience and make the most of the time you spend, whether it is in person or virtual.
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Olga
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An inspiring remote internship experience in South Africa

I chose to do a remote internship with VACorps as a pre-cursor to coming to South Africa. During the three months I learned a lot about the culture and the people. This was possible due to the weekly remote interactions and video calls and I would not be as knowledgable coming to Cape Town if I didn’t get the opportunity to understand more about the country I am going to travel to.

I loved the intimate buddy calls - I could ask anything I wanted to know more about and I felt welcomed without actually having stepped a foot on the ground yet.

As a Human Rights Intern, I was under the supervision of Kelly and Simon. They were wonderful mentors and gave me the freedom to work flexibly and at my own pace. Their warm personalities aided in my remote experience and I look forward to meeting with them in person.

I would highly recommend an initial remote internship experience to others wishing to go to South Africa - coming from a completely different society and culture, it made my understanding of the people and country more fulfilling and it eases the transition into going to Cape Town in person.

As a recently graduated Masters student, I was still in the mind-frame of being the student/learner. It took me the whole three months to get out of that mind-frame. It was difficult to get a perception of what was needed of me when I didn’t have a real-life understanding of what was expected of me. However, I feel that now, once I reach Cape Town, I will be able to provide my knowledge and know-how in a more realistic and tangible way. I feel that this remote internship experience had a HUGE impact on my self-esteem and made me realise that I have more potential than I thought I had. I felt that this remote experience was necessary for my in-country experience in the next few months.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If possible, do a remote internship before setting foot in Cape Town. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
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Aurion
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Preparing for my future career in public health

From the start of the internship, VACorps was a big help. The staff in South Africa was easy to contact and they helped find the right program for me. At the beginning of the 8-week remote internship with Dr. Takiyah, my goals were established and throughout the 8-week program and my goals were accomplished.

My goals for my internship were as follows: 1) to expand knowledge on research 2) learn how to reach different demographics, and 3) build health programs for communities in need. Now that my internship is finished, I can say that I have done so much research during my internship while achieving these goals!

I participated in research on grants, history, townships and a variety of other Public Health topics. For example, during my internship with Ms. Takiyah, I built a Hypertension campaign for black women stemming from a paper I wrote. I also did a COVID Prevention flyer for middle schoolers in South Africa and I assisted with donation handovers, that I really enjoyed. I have even published a page on Dr. Takiyah's memorial fund website, networked with some board members of the memorial fund-- all of which looks great on my resume! It has been an incredible experience and this remote internship has helped me to grow, professionally and personally. I feel more comfortable and prepared for my future career in the Public Health field. I even feel more comfortable and prepared for life after graduation.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for future participants of this remote internship is to go into the experience with an open mind! Try to have really good time management and organization skills. These are important because you need to participate in regular live sessions and complete your work tasks. Also, take full advantage of your remote internship-- your resume will thank you at the end!
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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Making a difference during my remote internship in South Africa

I have just finished my remote internship where I was working on putting together a sports program design with a soccer academy for a group of underprivileged girls based in South Africa. Although I would have liked to visit Cape Town in person, I have still been able to meet some incredible people and truly experience the South African culture within the comfort of my own home. I feel I have made a difference in these girls lives whilst they have changed mine.

While participating in fun cultural workshops and weekly buddy chats with my new friend in South Africa, I was able to learn and experience as much of South Africa as possible remotely. The buddy chats were always the highlight of my week and are something I will truly miss. This experience has helped me gain perspective, think creatively, and explore my interests. I have had a great experience with Kaya Volunteer and VACorps from the very beginning of my program and can’t wait to visit South Africa in the near future!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be as involved as possible and really take in this experience. Really try and put yourself into their shoes
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