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Community Development

Virtual ExchangeVirtual Exchange | Virtual Internships South Africa


Interns on this program will partner with Thembalitsha Foundation whose aim is to make a sustainable change in the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities by offering a “hand up” rather than a “handout”. Working with several communities across the broader Cape Town area, Thembalitsha inspires change through education and skill development.

Interns will assist the Thembalitsha Foundation primarily through marketing and fundraising by working on international support campaigns, cultivating social media engagement, coordinating donor communications, and video editing (for use in marketing and donor engagement). Interns will also engage with professionals in the education and community development space to gain a better understanding of the challenges, stories, 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


23 May to 18 July 2022


  • Interns should be enrolled in a post-secondary institution. Experience or studies in the areas of business, communications, or marketing will be an asset.
  • 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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