Internship Programs in South Africa include partnership with A&S, UGE’s EXP courses and Study Abroad

This just in from Dr. Steve Davis in the History Department:


Steve Davis

Steve Davis, History

My name is Steve Davis and I’m an assistant professor in History who is also the director of two internship programs in Cape Town, South Africa.

Both programs allow students to earn credits for interning, and also provide opportunities to take classes either in their major and take a survey course on South African history and cultural diversity.  One program runs during Summer I and the other runs the entire Spring semester.

We offer a wide array of internships with several non-profit organizations whose missions run the gamut from capacity building and fund raising in the non-profit sector, to the development of a sustainable arts community, to care for victims of domestic violence, to research on HIV-AIDS treatment and drug trials.  Each year we select new non-profits to work with so this list is by no means unchanging.

The Spring semester program requires students take courses at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) alongside South African students and students from other parts of Africa.  UWC has all of the same majors as UK, save for a few, and a majority of their courses are equivalent to three credit hour courses at UK.  We’ve done some work finding exact course equivalencies between UWC and UK courses, and plan on working out equivalencies for more this fall.

The Spring Program will earn students 12-15 credit hours:

  • ISP 599
  • A&S 300
  • EXP 396
  • 2-3 UWC courses (at 3 credits each)

The Summer Program will earn students 7 credit hours:

  • ISP 599
  • A&S 300
  • EXP 396

The cost of the Spring program (airfare included) is about $400.00-$500.00 more than what the University estimates students will pay in tuition, supplies and living expenses while studying at UK.  The Summer Program typically works out to about $3500 for the program fee and about $1500.00-$2000.00 for airfare.  Students are eligible for student loans and scholarships for both programs.

We’ve put together a short promotional video that might give interested students a visual sense for what both programs offer:

I was hoping to make everyone aware that this opportunity existed for interested students.  I’d be happy to meet with you if you’d like to learn more about the program.

All the best,
Stephen R Davis
Assistant Professor
Department of History
University of Kentucky

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Assistant Provost, University of Kentucky
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