South Africa

Virtual Internship in Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution & International Relations

Gain professional, intercultural experience interning at a conflict resolution NGO in South Africa to prepare for a career in human rights or global affairs.

At a Glance






Jun 12 – Jul 21

Program Countries

South Africa

Program Base


Critical Global Issue of Study

Peace & Justice

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Geopolitics & Power

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This virtual internship and seminar will focus on issues related to conflict resolution, human rights, and international relations in cooperation with partners like the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and the Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), Africa’s largest conflict resolution NGO. Your program will begin with an orientation, in which you’ll learn about South Africa’s transition from apartheid and human rights abuses to democracy. Thereafter, while engaged in the online internship, you will also learn about multilateral diplomacy and strategic decision-making. You will explore non-western perspectives on international relations, south-south diplomacy, and the politics of the African Union. You’ll also gain perspective and insight on these issues through presentations from NGO leaders, academics and diplomats. 

You will be expected to devote approximately 37.5 hours a week both on synchronous and asynchronous course activities. Synchronous activities may include orientation sessions, seminar country and theme specific lectures, initial meetings with your internship advisor, group reflection sessions, and project presentations. Frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous activities will be determined the first week of the course in conversation with participants to find mutually convenient times. In the event that a student cannot attend a live session, every effort will be made to provide a recording, transcript, or summary for off-line viewing.

Asynchronous activities may include seat time at your internship, break-out groups, check-ins with your academic director, internship coordinator and your internship mentor, writing progress reports, discussion boards, completing assignments and a final paper, and using audio or video to record reflections on the internship experience. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.


  • Work with leading civil society organizations in South Africa.  
  • Explore South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.  
  • Support the work and activism of prominent local groups and their quest for social justice and human rights.
  • Learn from diplomats, leading academics, and NGO practitioners.




Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  • Explain the archeology of the concept of Africa and the African diaspora from social, political, and economic perspectives. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate cultural awareness in the workspace. 
  • Articulate the key theoretical perspectives for analyzing emerging powers. 
  • Apply professional ethics in conducting an internship in an international setting. 
  • Articulate the output of iterative internship experience in the form of a final oral presentation. 

Read more about Program Learning Outcomes.


The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.

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Program Components

  • Develop a working knowledge of conflict resolution, human rights, and diplomacy 
  • A meaningful internship and networking opportunities with key NGOs in South Africa  
  • Explore issues of international relations and middle power diplomacy 
  • Develop real world skills and international contacts 
  • Consider the ethical implications and consequences of interning in another culture 

Virtual Internship & Seminar

Career Paths

  • Diplomat in Foreign Service

  • Program Officer -Human Rights NGO

  • Researcher at NGO/think tank

  • Fulbright Scholar

  • Negotiator/ Mediator in the civil society sector

  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Officer

Faculty & Staff

South Africa: Virtual Internship in Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution & International Relations

Imraan Buccus, PhD

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The tuition for this program is $2,060. You may be able to use financial aid from your home school, if applicable. Contact your study abroad, advising or financial aid office for more information. SIT Admissions is also available for questions.