Gender Equality Internship in Cape Town

Travel to South Africa’s iconic city of Cape Town when you join this inspiring Gender Equality Internship. You can expect to facilitate workshops around the six identified ‘pillars’ of women’s development, undertake business development and awareness duties alongside the Business Manager, implement monitoring and evaluation strategies and develop materials for internal and external use.

You will be guided throughout your internship as you develop your capacity for research, monitoring and evaluation, communication and business development. Your work will contribute to the development of best practices in gender equality and the successful transition of girls into confident, well-educated leaders in their community.

This initiative is being implemented regionally, with bases in South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia directly impacting over 220 girls.

This internship will benefit those in the fields of gender studies, human rights, development studies, communications, education and teaching and healthcare sciences and services.


  • Develop valuable professional skills in the realm of international development
  • Be supported by a dedicated internship adviser
  • Visit the iconic Table Mountain
  • Embrace the opportunity to effect a generation of change

Quick Facts

  • Location Cape Town, South Africa
  • Focus Gender Studies, Development Studies, Communications, Human Rights, Health Sciences & Services
  • Prerequisites Child protection vetting
  • Opportunities Potential research and credit opportunities

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Destination Description

Cape Town is arguably one the most stunning cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town is also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities. You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, visit the historic Robben Island, drive to the iconic Cape Point, or hang out on some of the many beaches. If you’re into food and design, you can also choose to visit some of the trendy markets for some culinary treats and locally designed goods. Moreover, once you venture outside of Cape Town, you’ll find gorgeous winelands and stunning National Parks that are well worth a good road trip.


Learning Outcomes

Tasks for your internship can be customized around your skills and professional development goals, provided they are in line with the current needs of the community. You will be based at our project office, with the Business Manager and Internship Supervisor guiding you through your tasks and progress. The following duties are mandatory, and form the base of internships at each operating location. Each will involve a comprehensive induction, workshop on expectations and goal-setting for personal development.

Throughout the course of your internship, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of gender-based challenges in a South African context
  • Develop valuable professional skills in the realm of international development and NPO management
  • Build a strong research rapport
  • Be exposed to intercultural learning

In the implementation of your *research tasks, you will utilize Social Research Methodologies and compile your outcomes into a report. Implementing and reporting on monitoring and evaluation strategies, as well as evaluating their efficiency is a key task on your internship. You will also be implementing various business development tasks including fundraising activities, marketing and communication and developing various materials for both internal and external use. The facilitation of workshops covering the six identified pillars of women’s development forms a significant component of your internship, as does appropriately reporting on outcomes.

Throughout the course of your internship, you will complete 180 hours of service and develop valuable experiential learning skills such as reflection, intercultural engagement, journal writing as a research aid, and presenting learnings. Weekly progress meetings with your adviser will ensure that you are meeting your personal and professional goals.

*If you intend to use any data collected or analyzed during your internship, arrangements must be made prior to your placement and may require additional documentation from a relevant credit-bearing institution for consideration by our board.

Service Impact

In working with The Girl Impact project you are making your contribution to the 6 pillars of the project to further the campaign of transitioning the girls successfully to womanhood. Your social media plan, data and narratives collected, reports will all be considered of the goal towards gender equality in contexts where access and expression may be limited. This is also a personal project on furthering ones personal goals and understanding towards a successful girl empowerment project. This realization is done in a supported and guided way through the African Impact tea, on the ground, the head office as well as in isolation for your personal development.

Just over half of girls in South Africa will leave education before completing Grade 12. 39% of girls aged 15 – 24 years have given birth, with 28% having never married or lived with the father of the child. Only one in three clinics in South Africa provide contraception options to people seeking contraception aged 13 -19 years. 45% of girls aged 14 – 24 years describe their first sexual experience as coerced by their male partner. With little support available to these girls, they face a future of very limited potential.

Through the six identified pillars, this program initiates sustainable solutions to gender-based inequalities. Research has shown that women and girls over the age of 16 who earn an income, reinvest up to 90% of it back into their families and communities, versus men, who only reinvest up to 40%. Furthermore, girls who have a basic education are three times less likely to contract HIV. Every additional year of primary school education boosts girls’ income potential by 10 – 20%, and just one year of secondary school can double this.

Through your internship, you will contribute to the realization of these girls’ potential. The workshops you facilitate will deliver key information, which provides girls with the agency to make informed decisions on subjects including schooling and their bodies. Your monitoring and evaluation duties will allow us to scrutinize our impact against our interventions, and ensure that our strategies remain informed and relevant.

  • WEEK 1

    Your first week will be dedicated to your orientation and induction. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the structure of your internship, including your tasks, setting goals, scheduling, community development, cultural integration, reflection, research and expectations – both personal and professional.

  • WEEK 2

    Your second week will focus on developing your contextual knowledge. You will be able to confidently begin implementing your tasks, which in conjunction with individual meetings with your supervisor, will allow you to develop your concept note.

  • WEEK 3

    In your third week, you will develop an understanding of the six “pillars”, starting with education. Over the course of the following weeks, you can expect to develop an in-depth understanding of each in context.

    You will also have your first meeting with your personal professional development coach, who will guide you through aligning your tasks to your professional goals.

  • WEEK 4

    In week four, you will develop your concept note into a research proposal for your final report. Your supervisor will assist you with the design and development thereof.

    You will have the opportunity to reflect on your progress at the half-way mark of your internship through your journal entries, and discuss it with your supervisor, identifying any challenges and creating possible solutions.

  • WEEK 5

    Your proposal will be submitted in week five. At this point, you will have the opportunity to critically analyze your cultural integration and reflect on it’s influence.

  • WEEK 6

    In week six, your proposal will undergo both peer review and review by your supervisor. You will have the opportunity to discuss your progress to date, both personally and professionally with your professional development coach.

  • WEEK 7
    • Week seven will be focused on preparing your observations, conducting further empirical research and planning the consolidation of your report.
  • WEEK 8

    In your final week, you will embark on your final reflections, presenting your findings and preparing a handover document to ensure that your contribution to the project continues.

    You will have the opportunity to discuss what you’ve gained personally from the internship and your cultural immersion.

Available February to November
You can Intern from 4-12 weeks

From $2000, 

This fee includes:

  • all your accommodation
  • food 3 meals a day
  • Internship project transport
  • Support service for African Impact with daily guidance
  • several personal development session
  • Academic Support and guidance
  • Any administrative support to help you get credit with your home university

Interns live in a shared intern and volunteer house in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town’s South Peninsula. Aside from being one of the best surfing beaches around, it’s an area filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants. During your free time, take advantage of living close to some of Cape Town’s major attractions; Boulder’s Beach, Cape Point National Park, Table Mountain and more.

Logistics included and provided by African Impact are:

  • Participants will be collected from the airport upon arrival and transferred to the house
  • Accommodation is based in a private area of the African Impact run backpackers, with simple, but comfortable shared rooms with communal ablutions
  • All meals for the duration of the project, with the exception of free days will be provided
  • Any transport required for program activities will be provided
  • Participants will be transferred back to the airport for their departure
  • You will have access to African Impact’s 24-hour support team. Living and working with them every da