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  • Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program: Summer Internships Housing Options: Arranged by Employer
Application Deadline: EXTENDED UNTIL: January 15 Internship Field of Interest: Business, Engineering, Health Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, Marketing & Advertising, Public Relations, Social Enterprise, Television & Media, Wine Production
Internship Language: English Class Level: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Sophomore
GIP Placement Type: Internship
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Penn Global Internship Program (GIP) in Cape Town
Penn GIP in Cape Town LogoThe Internship: Students applying to Penn GIP in Cape Town will have the opportunity to interview for internships in a variety of fields in Cape Town, South Africa.

Number of Spots Available: 10

Duration: 8 weeks

Important Dates: Students must arrive to Cape Town by June 3, 2018 for orientation.  Internships will start the week of Monday, June 4, 2018. 

The Location: Against the backdrop of the towering Table Mountain, people from different backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities call Cape Town home.  "The Mother City," as it's sometimes known, is a proudly diverse center that serves as a commercial and industrial entry point to Africa and houses regional headquarters for many companies, nonprofits, and NGOs.  An academic internship in this multilingual, multicultural, and student-friendly environment offers the chance to experience true cross-cultural communications in a professional setting.  Outside of the office, students may appreciate the warm weather, popular beaches, dramatic mountains, and access to a vast variety of food, music, outdoor activities, and nightlife.

Internship Details

Students who apply to Penn GIP in Cape Town are applying for acceptance into the overall program.  Our on-the-ground partners will facilitate interviews between the strongest candidates and potential employers.

There are many fields and industries in which Penn GIP in Cape Town students may find internships:
  • Community building
  • E-commerce
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality & tourism
  • International business & trade
  • Marketing & advertising
  • Media
  • NGOs
  • Public health
  • Public relations
  • Wine industry


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The internships with Penn GIP in Cape Town also require applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Students must be at least 18 years old to participate 

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Cape Town, South AfricaOur partners in Cape Town will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your housing.

Housing is included in the program fee and is arranged by the staff in Cape Town.  You will be placed either in an apartment with other Penn students or in a residence hall with other Penn students.

All housing is located close to universities in areas that welcome students.  The local staff in Cape Town are in close touch all building management teams in case issues arise.  Students will also receive a walking tour during their orientation to get to know their neighborhood.

Students can expect a commute of 30-45 minutes on average from their housing to their internship site.

Money Matters

Each student accepted to Penn GIP in Cape Town will receive a minimum Global Internship Award of $4,279.  This award is intended to cover the full program fee*, which includes the following:
  • Internship placement/matching process for an internship in your preferred field
  • Housing in an apartment or residence hall
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • In-person orientation
  • 24/7 on-the-ground support
  • Social and cultural programming
  • Professional development and programming
  • Excursions

Please note: Students are still expected to pay for things not included in the program fee (see estimated budget below).

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost  Notes
Global Internship Award -$4,279 Minimum award amount given to to Penn GIP in Cape Town students
*Program Fee $4,279 Includes housing, placement fee, on-the-ground support, programming
Round trip airfare $1,500 Estimated cost PHL - CPT
Accommodation $0 Included in program fee
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,500 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 No visa required for US citizens up to 90 days
Local Transport $100 Monthly pass with occasional taxi
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,100  

How to Apply

You may apply to Penn GIP in Cape Town by clicking on the button above.  Please remember that this is application into the program overall.  You may or may not be asked in January or February to interview with our on-the-ground partners.  You will find out if you are accepted into Penn GIP in Cape Town on March 1st.

Our partner staff in Cape Town will work to ensure that every accepted student has an internship that is in their area of interest.  These staff members will speak with you one-on-one to review your goals, skills, and internship ideas.  They can review your CV/resume and cover letter, and they will provide helpful strategies for interviewing.  Interviews with employers will be set up by the staff member, and they will ensure that you receive an offer from an internship site.  Accepted students will start interviewing with employers after confirming their acceptance (by March 15th).

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required group advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (see the schedule by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.

    **Please Note:** Due to the high interest in the "Penn GIP in..." programs, students may only apply to one "Penn GIP in..." program.  Students are also encouraged to apply for a second internship with a company in order to have the best chances of being accepted to the GIP.

 Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Attend a Group Advising Session: Don't forget that participating in group advising with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to a "Penn GIP in..." program.  Find the group advising schedule by clicking here!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.