Internships with Scalabrini

This organization started in Cape Town in 1994 as religious assistance to different communities of migrants but soon expanded to offering more tangible assistance as they were confronted with the problems experienced by refugees from Angola, the Congos, Rwanda, Burundi and other African communities. In 2003 a secular non-government organization was started to run these projects, the Scalabrini Center of Cape Town (SCCT).

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Advocacy and Human Rights Internship

Applications open for 2021

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship with NGO

20-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Human rights, refugee law and migration issues

Gain valuable legal experience while offering refugees in Cape Town support and advice.

Communications Internship

Open for applications

Communications Internship with NGO

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing

Manage and develop communication channels for a refugee-focused nonprofit.

Female Empowerment Internship

Open for applications

Female Empowerment Internship with NGO

Min. 5 months

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, communication, coordination

Gain work experience while supporting female refugees through skill development workshops.

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Refugee Integration and Support

Migration is perceived as an opportunity by this organization. They are on a mission to alleviate poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering cultural, social and economic integration between migrants, refugees, and South Africans. Scalabrini uses a holistic approach that considers all basic needs and advocates respect for human rights while providing their assistance.

Their services are offered through six main program areas:

  • Paralegal desk: Protecting, promoting and advancing the rights and freedoms of migrants and refugees by providing paralegal advice and practical assistance to individuals on a walk-in basis. In addition, this team works on driving deeper systemic change in the South African society and immigration and asylum systems.
  • English School: Providing a specialized English language school for refugees and migrants.
  • Employment Access: Providing a gateway to employment by providing support to foreign nationals who are legally entitled to look for work in South Africa. The organization provides a combination of skills training, professional development, and resources needed for success in the job market.
  • Unite  Youth: A unique extra-curricular curriculum for grade 8-11, which provokes a deep exploration of the themes of identity, integration, and diversity to promote activism and critical thought in youth living in South Africa.
  • Welfare: Accessing services for migrants and refugees in need. Through a process of consultation, they assist individuals to access basic services such as medical care, schooling, shelter, South African Social Grants (SASSA grants) and assistance with advice/application for voluntary repatriation.
  • Women’s Platform: A multi-national network of women that strengthens individuals to enhance economic independence and integration into the broader South African community.

Every month around 2,000 people from all over Africa visit the center.

What to Expect as a Volunteer with Scalabrini

The Scalabrini building is always buzzing as the whole day people are walking in to join English classes, speak to people from the Employment Access or Advocacy Program or ask for assistance. There are generally between five and ten volunteer interns in the office assisting with one of the above-mentioned programs. In total there are almost 40 volunteers assisting this organization with the different projects. No matter what your role will be, you can be sure to meet new people, hear their stories and learn about migrants’ and refugee lives and the challenges they face (but also celebrate the successes).

Read about Emiel’s experience as an intern for Scalabrini.