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Law Internship, South Africa

Help map out a legal landscape for a women’s rights organization in Cape Town

If you’re looking to make a positive impact during your law internship, and you’re keen to do your internship abroad, here’s a wonderful opportunity.

We’re excited to offer law students the chance to join Kwanele, a nonprofit organization in Cape Town dedicated to supporting victims of, and preventing, gender based violence – a widespread issue in South Africa. Through an innovative app, Kwanele gives women across the country a tool to report and prosecute gender based violence crimes, and on top of this, the nonprofit has created a local community of support for victims in the Cape Town area.

During a law internship with this nonprofit, you’ll use your expertise to map out the legal situation in South Africa with regards to gender based violence. This information will help for a foundation for workshop programs, awareness campaigns, and legal support to victims. On top of this you’ll have the chance to design and run awareness campaigns through social media, help provide legal support to victims, and assist with the overall development of the organization.

You can do this law internship in Cape Town, or, should this work better for you, remotely.

Learning outcomes of this communications internship;

  • A wealth of practical experience in legal research, using a legal framework to provide important information to victims of abuse, and offer legal support to individuals
  • A thorough understanding of using the law in a nonprofit context
  • Insights into of the day to day running of a nonprofit organization
  • International work experience
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting
8 Weeks

You’ll be part of Kwanele, a start-up nonprofit organization that works to support women who are the victims of gender-based violence, an issue that is prevalent throughout many of Cape Town’s communities. Kwanele has developed an app to support victims of gender based violence. The benefits of this app include:

  • Providing trauma support to girls and women who are abuse victims
  • Developing GBV-training for outreach workers, so that they can provide support and guidance throughout different communities of Cape Town. This assures that each emergency call to the “Kwanele Champions” will be attended by a GBV-trained professional.
  • Providing legal support to abuse victims, which can include court preparations, legal advice, and logistical support to ensure women can get to court houses.
  • Tracking GBV cases, in order to increase the number of cases being reported and individuals accessing help
    Doing research into trends around gender based violence, and using data and strategic partnerships to support family restoration, both for the victim and the perpetrator.
What you’ll do

As a law intern with this nonprofit, your tasks will be customized to your skills and experience, but they are likely to include the following;

  • Mapping out the legal situation regarding gender based violence in South Africa; information that will help form the foundation of workshop programs, educational campaigns, and legal support offered to victims
  • Creating and managing social media campaigns around women’s rights
  • Assisting with offering legal support to victims of GBV
  • Helping prepare court cases
  • Helping put together sensitivity training for institutes that deal with GBV victims, such as police stations and prosecutors
  • Gathering stories and visual material on the projects that can be put out on all communications platforms
  • Assisting with the development of a youth advocacy program for aspiring law students
  • Possibly assisting with fundraising research, grand applications, or system development
  • Creating newsletters and writing blog content focused on raising awareness on women’s rights
  • You’ll need to be a law student or graduate, or have relevant experience
  • Strong research skills and well-developed communication skills
  • A passion for the work Kwanele does, and for raising awareness on women’s legal rights
  • An ability to work quite independently and take initiative
  • Experience in a similar role would be a bonus

You’ll stay at a comfortable and welcoming volunteer house in a picturesque suburb of Cape Town, on the Southern Peninsula. It’s a great setting; you’ll be surrounded by beaches and mountains, and the penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is only a 5-minute drive away.

The house hosts people from around the world that are volunteering in the surrounding communities, which creates a wonderfully international vibe. The nearest shops and restaurants are a 5-minute drive away, and Cape Town’s city center is a 40-minute drive away. It’s easy to take Ubers and make your way around.


Internship start and end dates are flexible and will be discussed with your during the selection process.

What you’ll pay (2022 rates)

8 weeks USD 2,285
12 weeks USD 3,115
16 weeks USD 3,470

What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation based on a shared room. Single rooms are optional at an additional fee and pending availability.
  • Careful matchmaking. It takes time to find the right internship for each person, and we take this process very seriously.
  • Initial interview with one of our team to gauge your skills, interests, and desired learning outcomes.
  • An orientation program with your supervisor.
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor.
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Troubleshooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Airport transfers
  • Support on the ground.
  • Flights
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing)
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
Cape Town, South Africa
Gender Equality NGO
Research, Awareness, Case assistance
Min. 8 Weeks
From USD 2,285

Honestly, the whole experience has been impactful. With each new task I am building skills, and learning the language of nonprofits, which gives me the confidence I need to achieve what I’ve always wanted to in life —to use my work ethic and professional skills and apply them to purposeful work. Meeting with other organizations and key partners dedicated to the same goal, gives me hope that collectively we are all going to make a difference and make it safer to be a woman in the world. I admire Leonora's commitment and passion for helping anyone who has experienced gender-based violence.

Sara, United States, Gender Equality internship
  • Use your knowledge of the law to support an important gender equality program
  • Get a wealth of practical work experience in law within a nonprofit context
  • Help put together information that will change women’s lives for the better
  • Get insights into the day to day running of nonprofit community programs
  • Enjoy living and working in Cape Town, a wonderfully diverse and scenically stunning city
8 WEEKS USD 2,285
12 WEEKS USD 3,115
16 WEEKS USD 3,470

See Detailed Rates

How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a booking process, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, please ask us by completing the form below.


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