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  • Locations: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2025 04/01/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
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Areas of Study: African Studies, Human Rights, International Relations, Internships, Political Science
Program Description:

SIT Study Abroad South Africa: Internship in Diplomacy, Politics & International Relations


Prepare for a career in diplomacy, conflict resolution, or global affairs as you gain professional, intercultural experience interning at a civil society NGO in South Africa.



This unique internship program focuses on non-western perspectives in the fields of international relations, South-South relations, and the possibilities and limits of multilateral diplomacy and cooperation. Through internship engagements with host nongovernmental organizations, visits with ambassadors, lectures and reflection seminars, and excursions, you will learn about South Africa’s successes and continued challenges as it transitions from apartheid to democracy. 

The core component of this program is a five-week internship with one of SIT’s partner civil society NGOs. These include the Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD), Institute for Security Studies (ISS), and Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR). Internship roles and responsibilities depend on student interests and specific skills, and may include proposal writing, media and content development, administrative tasks, and workshop and conference support.

On excursions to Johannesburg and Maputo, Mozambique, you will learn about the role of front-line states (a coalition of African nations that supported the anti-apartheid movement) in South Africa’s liberation struggle, and the challenges posed by contemporary global trends such as mass migration. During the program’s thematic seminar, you will survey the architecture of the South African political landscape constructed around the objectives of the African Union (AU).

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.



SIT is an all-inclusively priced study abroad program – including academics costs, excursions, accommodations and meals, airport transfers, and health insurance. Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor and read the website for more specific information.  



SIT has awarded an average of over $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students in the past three years. All scholarships and grants are need-based. Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.