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Internship - Connect 123 Cape Town, South Africa (8 Weeks)
Cape Town, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Status:
Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
English Language Courses Offered: None
Prior Language Study Required:
None
Academic Subject:
Business, Communication, Education, Geology, Health Sciences, Journalism, Natural Resources, Social Work
Program Type: Internship
Program Description:
International Internships in Cape Town, South Africa
 
 
What is the program about?
This program offers professional placements in a wide range of career fields and disciplines, including Human Rights, Journalism, Social Work, Sustainable Development, Business, Design, Education, Engineering, Healthcare, Journalism, Communications, and Public Relations, among others, giving you an international edge that will open many doors to your future career path. 

You will gain professional work experience and broaden your understanding of contemporary South African life and culture. Your internship is matched to meet your career goals, interests, and skills, providing you with the opportunity to work with South Africans as well as fellow interns from all over the world.

Ball State University has contracted with an established placement organization (Connect-123) to identify student internships. This agency will act as our overseas internship office.  Agency professionals will secure full-time internships, set up on-site interviews, make the necessary evaluation visits and will work with the on-site supervisor to oversee the internship for the duration of the placement. You will network with your new African and international coworkers, and in the process, you’ll make close friends, boost your resume, and gain great references for future job prospects during your internship in South Africa.
 
 
Where does the program take place?
Cape Town, South Africa
 
Considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and the legislative capital (the Houses of Parliament are here). It is located in the south-west corner of the country near the Cape of Good Hope, and is the most southern city in Africa. Although South Africa remains a developing economy, Cape Town is a world-class cosmopolitan city with numerous sites of historical significance, and a lively night-life, as well as a large gay community.

Located in the southern hemisphere, the winter months of June to August tend to be rather wet and cool, with evening temperatures as low as 2 or 3°C (this is the temperature of the ocean so it will not get colder unless you go far inland) but 5-7°C normal. It will become warmer during the day, with temperatures between 9-15°C typical. It is often very cloudy with far fewer hours of sunshine.
 
 
When does this program take place?
8 weeks in summer beginning around June 1. Once accepted, students are able to negotiate their program start and end date directly with host organization. 
 
 
What is the internship content?
Multi-disciplinary across all colleges and departments. Popular internships in Cape Town include business and entrepreneurship, medical and health care, human rights and social work.
 
Students must work with their faculty and register for their academic discipline’s “internship” course to ensure receiving academic credit. All placements are unpaid. You are able to intern legally because these are unpaid placements for which you are receiving credit at your home institution.
You have a great deal of control in directing the placement process and ensuring that Connect-123 makes the right placement. It's important to keep in mind that the time for you to exercise this control is during the earlier part of the process, in your discussions and correspondence with a Connect-123 placement manager and even before, as you prepare for this meeting. The best way to prepare is to think about the following questions:
  • What previous experience do you have that makes you a suitable candidate?
  • What types of tasks & responsibilities do you expect to have in your internship?
  • What is your main goal for the internship?
  • What specific skills are you hoping to develop?
  • What are your future career goals and how does this internship relate to them?
  • What kind of credits do you need for this internship?
Connect-123 takes this information very seriously. They will not let you request a type of placement which they do not feel is a realistic possibility. They also expect you not to agree to a type of placement which you are not willing to undertake, but they DO expect you to have at least three internship preferences. After your meeting, Connect -123 will send you an email to follow up on your discussion and confirm that they have understood your preferences, goals, and academic credit requirements. If you do not believe that the placement manager has understood these, it's essential that you notify them immediately, as once a placement has been arranged for you, you cannot change it.
 
 
What is the student accommodation?
Accommodations will be in furnished apartments shared with other interns. Each apartment has an equipped kitchen. Apartments are in a building in downtown Cape Town, with 24-hour security and a roof-top gym.
 
The apartments, which all have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, are clean and comfortable, have a fully equipped kitchen, TV, DVD and pay-as-you-go wireless internet access (roughly $1 to $2/ hour). Bed linen and towels are supplied and twice-per-month cleaning service is included.
 
 
What is included?
  • Internship placement consultation
  • Pre-Departure and onsite Orientations
  • Airport pickup in Cape Town
  • Accommodation
  • Local Phone (student pays for usage)
  • On-Site 24/7 emergency support
  • Health Insurance & Evacuation Plan through HTH Worldwide
  • On-site coaching and troubleshooting during your placement
  • Final Evaluation report from your supervisor
 
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
 
 
Number of placements available?
Unlimited
 

Is a passport and visa required? 
Yes. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.
 
A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are an BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States. 
 
 
Safety and Security in South Africa
Safety: One of the very first questions a foreigner asks concerns safety. While the crime statistics in South Africa are high, most visitors feel safe. And the stats seem to be slowly improving. If you heed local advice, use common sense and stay out of dangerous places and situations, you will be OK. Exit interviews done after the 2010 FIFA World Cup showed that visitors felt extremely safe and a significant percentage even felt safer than in their own home country.
 
Medical services: World class. Doctors and dentists are very well trained and up-to-date. The cost of medical services is considerably lower than comparable services in Europe and the States.
 
Townships: Even well-to-do South Africans have a misconception about the townships. Some townships are better off than others. Some areas within a township are nicer than other areas in the same township. There is a growing lower middle class living in the townships. A township is just the place where the average South African lives. They are viby, colorful and full of life and fun. To avoid going into the townships is to miss out on an important part of South African life. Do go in with locals at your side. You will feel extremely welcome.
 
 
How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU
 
Whom can I contact for more information?
Phone: (765) 285-5422
Email:    studyabroad@bsu.edu