Why intern in South Africa?
This unique internship program focuses on non-western perspectives in the fields of international relations, South-South relations, and the possibilities and limits of multilateral diplomacy and cooperation. Through internship engagements with host nongovernmental organizations, visits with ambassadors, lectures and reflection seminars, and excursions, you will learn about South Africa’s successes and continued challenges as it transitions from apartheid to democracy.
The core component of this program is a five-week internship with one of SIT’s partner civil society NGOs. These include the Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), Institute for Security Studies (ISS), and Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR). Internship roles and responsibilities depend on student interests and specific skills, and may include proposal writing, media and content development, administrative tasks, and workshop and conference support.
On excursions to Johannesburg and Maputo, Mozambique, you will learn about the role of front-line states (a coalition of African nations that supported the anti-apartheid movement) in South Africa’s liberation struggle, and the challenges posed by contemporary global trends such as mass migration. During the program’s thematic seminar, you will survey the architecture of the South African political landscape constructed around the objectives of the African Union (AU).
- Explore career paths while engaging with diplomats and learning about South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.
- Enhance your intercultural and organizational communication skills while working with leading civil society NGOs.
- Examine South-South relations and political and social developments through the lens of South African diplomacy.
- Travel to Mozambique to learn about the Southern African Development Community and its impact on international diplomacy in the region.