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Employing Our Scholars

Enjoying our scholars

Would you be interested in employing a Mastercard Foundation Scholar in your business, either as an intern or a graduate?

Here are five good reasons to hire UCT Mastercard Foundation Scholars.

  • They have been hand-picked because of strong academics, commitment to community and leadership skills.
  • They are given academic support and peer mentoring while at UCT.
  • They are involved in ‘give-back’, leadership and entrepreneurship activities and training.
  • They are supported in developing skills for the world of work.
  • They receive a world-class education from the top university in Africa.

Our Scholars come from countries across Africa, including Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They are studying undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the faculties of commerce, engineering and the built environment, health sciences, humanities, law, and science.


We are committed to finding our Scholars internships during their studies so that they gain vital work experience. These internships can take place during the July or December holidays.

We cover travel expenses and provide a living allowance, so there is no cost to you as an employer!

Graduate opportunities

When our Scholars complete their undergraduate or postgraduate programmes, we help them find suitable graduate or entrepreneurship opportunities in their home countries.


If you’re interested in finding a Mastercard Scholar for an internship or graduate opportunity in your organisation, please contact:

Jean Alfeld

Careers, Internships & Opportunities Advisor: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UCT

International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO)

University of Cape Town

Tel: +27 (0) 21 650 5488  

Email: jean.alfeld@uct.ac.za