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Business Entrepreneurship

Virtual ExchangeVirtual Exchange | Virtual Internships South Africa


South Africa is a key emerging market economy and plays a pivotal economic role on the continent of Africa. South Africa is currently experiencing a protracted period of slow economic growth due to challenges such as high unemployment and corruption along with a host of related social challenges including poverty and high rates of crime. This situation has been hampered even further by the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the country is alive with possibility and innovation with a focus on skills development and entrepreneurship.

Interns will be hosted by a local South African company and be involved in activities such as creating business plans, marketing, data collection and analysis, and networking. During the internship, interns will also be engaging with academics and business professionals to gain a better understanding of the business landscape in South Africa, the role played by culture in doing business, challenges facing South African businesses, youth development and entrepreneurship, and ongoing developments in the South African context.

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 be studying business or something related to this field.
  • 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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