Stephanie Kane across the bay from Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

Stephanie Kane

Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, Edwards School of Business, 4th year,
Projects Abroad Human Rights Office, Mitchell’s Plain, South Africa

I went to South Africa to complete an internship in law for 12 weeks at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. My initial reasoning for choosing to be a part of this program was that I planned to go to law school and I wanted legal experience to ensure this was the profession I wanted to pursue.

After learning more about the program, I was excited about the opportunities of the type of legal work I could be involved in as I could combine my two greatest passions — law and helping others.

I gained an abundant amount of knowledge from performing legal tasks and from the amazing legal staff who made it a one-of-a-kind experience through the developmental learning environment.

I was also able to grow personally by expanding my cultural knowledge that I can apply both in school and in my everyday life.

I was able to perform actual legal work, and at one time had 40 legal cases that I personally worked on along with the attorney in the office.  Because of my work ethic and knowledge gained, I was able to run a legal clinic in one of the Townships in Mitchell’s Plain. It was an amazing experience to interact with various people and other interns, and take on a more expansive role during my internship.
Kane visited Nelson Mandela’s cell at Robben Island, where he spent 18 of his 27-year sentence.
Stephanie discusses the benefits of her time abroad.

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