Cape Town, South Africa
Resident, 3-6 hours
- Good academic & disciplinary standing
- 2.5 GPA or higher
- Junior standing (summer after sophomore year) or higher at time of internship
**Please note: both the UI and IES application are due by this date**
Earn UI credit through a summer internship!
Spend eight weeks over the summer interning full-time in the field of your choice in Barcelona, Berlin, Cape Town, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Sydney, or Vienna.
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When you have completed an internship, you will have the job experience, the professional skills training, and the confidence to help you and your resume stand out.
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IES Internships guarantees full-time summer internship students a placement in their field of choice, as indicated on their internship application submitted to IES.
If IES Internships is unable to offer a student an internship placement in the expressed field of choice selected on his or her internship application at least two weeks before the program start date, despite the student’s good faith participation in the process and satisfaction of all program requirements, then the student shall have the option to either receive a refund of the full amount he or she has then paid IES Internships or to transfer to an IES program of comparable length and value in the same location (subject to the student satisfying applicable visa requirements and IES Internships’ academic program requirements).
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Study Abroad Advisor & Program Coordinator
The University of Iowa
International Programs, Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802
Home to 3.7 million residents in its metropolitan area, Cape Town is a fusion of languages, cultures, and religions and stands as the economic hub of Cape Colony. Take in the scenic views of mountains and coastlines on your commute. Start your day with coffee and a koeksister (South African doughnut). For lunch, share a large Gatsby sandwich with a colleague.
An IES internship in Cape Town develops your professional skills and ability to communicate across cultures while also providing substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
The most current information can be found on the IES Cape Town Internship webpage.
If the field you are interested in is not listed here, that does not mean it isn't available. Please discuss other possibilities with Study Abroad to see if IES has partners in Cape Town that would be able to accommodate your interests.
The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.
Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
The IES Cape Town internship program can count for either 3 credit hours or 6 credit hours. Business students are required to take the Global Internship Preparation (1 s.h.) course at Iowa during the Spring semester. The 2019 course will be held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. — please plan your Spring schedule accordingly. All participants will complete the Leading Across Cultures course offered through IES, for which some materials are due online before departure.
Students must indicate on the Iowa application how many credit hours they plan to receive from their internship. Students will discuss this decision with their Study Abroad advisor in an appointment before they submit an application.
Factors to consider:
Single or shared bedrooms within furnished group housing. Bathrooms and kitchens are shared with other students; linens provided (except towels) and laundry is nearby; limited Wi-Fi. Residential Assistants provide support and opportunities for cultural exchange. Meals are not provided.
Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Cape Town, taking advantage of frequent-flyer options and/or internet specials available to them. The cost of travel is not included in the program fee. Information about airport pick up will be provided directly to the participants by IES. Students should book airfare to correspond with the arrival and departure dates provided by IES.
All applicants must meet with Study Abroad PRIOR to applying (please call 319.335.0353 to set up an appointment)
These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (Course Fee, Study Abroad Fee, and Iowa Regents CISI Insurance), as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
Some costs are incurred prior to departure and will be due before financial aid/scholarships disperse. Here are the expected upfront costs for IES Internships:
These fees are all optional and are not included in the course fee for the program. The cost should be paid directly to IES — failure to pay will result in IES withholding transcripts.
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.
Students wishing to use Federal Financial Aid need to be enrolled in 6 credit hours.
Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad's website for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities.
In addition, IES has many scholarships that UI students can apply for. These scholarship opportunities are found on the IES website.
Federal Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship.
After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|After Application and Intent to Enroll are Complete||Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $500
|After Departure||Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
1. Meet with the Study Abroad advisor to discuss your study abroad plans well ahead of the application deadline: 1/28
2. Complete the UI online application found at https://study-abroad.international.uiowa.edu/application.
This application requires you to submit the following materials:
Please note: the $50 application fee is non-refundable and will be charged to your U-Bill.
3. Complete the IES online application found at https://www.iesabroad.org/apply/overview.
This application requires you submit the following materials:
Acceptance into your chosen internship program is made by IES directly via an email to you. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to confirm your participation with IES and the University of Iowa. After confirmation, you will work and correspond directly with IES to complete pre-departure materials. Participants are responsible for the IES application deposit ($500) and study abroad administrative fees if they withdraw.
Part of the application process is submitting a cover letter and resume. Throughout the process, you'll be given several opportunities by IES to revise these materials, but it's important that you put effort into your first draft. Start this process early and utilize the following resources:
IES also offers a Student Prep Manual.The most updated version can be found in your IES Portal.
IES and the UI have a variety of resources available to you to prepare for departure. It is recommended that you review these materials, share them with your parents, and refer back to them if you have questions.
U.S. passport holders will not need a visa to intern in Cape Town. Non-U.S. passport holders should refer to the South African Consulate of Chicago webpage for more details
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
The University of Iowa Career Center offers GoinGlobal as a free resource for all students. IES will do the legwork as far as finding you an internship, but you might wish to do so research ahead of time about workplace culture, employment trends, etc. The country guide for South Africa can be found here: GoinGlobal South Africa Country Guide. Iowa students must first access their account on campus and create a log-in. After you create an account, you'll be able to access GoinGlobal off-campus for free.
Brooke Axness, Summer 2014Adventure of my dreams: interning abroad in South Africa