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Arts & Social Justice

Virtual ExchangeVirtual Exchange | Virtual Internships South Africa


Social Justice is the view that everyone deserves equal access to opportunities. Although South Africans gained freedom from apartheid in 1994, it is still one of the most unequal countries in the world. Created to curb the problem of gangsterism in the township of Khayelitsha in Capetown, the 19 Gangster Museum is a place for all South Africans and visitors to engage with the challenges of violence and gangsterism in Cape Town. Before the Covid pandemic, the 18 Gangster Museum ran several programs for the community. These programs offered a place of safety and healing for youth as well as skill development. Unfortunately, all of the programs were terminated during the COVID pandemic. Interns on this Social Justice program are tasked with redeveloping program plans for the 18 Gangster Museum. Through research, program planning, and the development of a business plan, interns engage with the 18 Gangster Museum staff to revive the outreach activities in the community and ensure the youth of the Khayelitsha have access to a program that offers safety, support and guidance for the future.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire and articulate hard and soft skills 
  • Understand the applications of professional competencies in the African context
  • Connect insights gained during study abroad to wider future career objectives

Group Sessions

  • Intercultural competencies
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Tolerance for ambiguity 
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Virtual professional competencies

Key Skills

EDU Africa interns are involved in project and/or activity-based engagements with their host company, and there is a strong focus on the development and application of key skills. These include: 

  • Intercultural competencies
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Tolerance for ambiguity 
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Virtual professional competencies

While project-specific work with the host organization forms the bulk of the internship, our internships also include facilitated group sessions where these key skills are foregrounded and international and cross-disciplinary networking with interns across our programs is encouraged. While embarking on project work, interns will engage with several context-specific professionals in order to enhance their professional experience. 

At least one African intern will be included per three international interns on a program. 

The skill level required of interns for particular programs will be outlined according to the project work involved.

Length of Internship

8 weeks, 80 hours (10hours per week)


USD 985


22 May to 17 July 2023


  • Interns should be enrolled in a post-secondary institution and have an interest in using their skills to support social justice initiatives in South Africa.
  • We require all participants to be in good academic standing (GPA 2.0 and higher)
  • Students must, at the time of application and program participation, be enrolled in a degree program at a tertiary institution 
  • Participants need to be culturally aware and open-minded to thrive in this program
  • All lectures and tutorials are conducted in English; hence a good command of the English language is essential
  • Access to reliable wifi and a computer that can access the Zoom platform

How to apply

Please ensure that you review the pre-requisites for your Virtual Internships before completing the application form.

Applicants will be contacted within 7 days of their application and the final determination will be communicated soon thereafter.

The final determination will be communicated soon afterward.

A 10% deposit will be due on confirmation of acceptance.

We welcome and encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds.

Applications close on the 1st of May.

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