Frequently Asked Questions

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diiVe Virtual: J-Term 2023

diiVe Virtual: J-Term 2023 is a is a high-impact, 3-week online internship program for students looking to explore the world of consulting, test their innovation capability and solve a challenge with a business navigating our New Normal.

In Week 1, diiVers will participate in our online course, “Consulting New Normal”, building virtual business & consulting skills, developing knowledge of key post-COVID trends and ensuring you can manage projects effectively in virtual teams. The course will be taught by facilitators and industry experts in collaboration with guest speakers from diiVe’s global network. Expect deep immersion, engaging content, and team-based learning.

In Weeks 2-3, diiVers will intern remotely for a leading company based in South Africa on a focused consulting project. Students will work in teams, gain support from external mentors, and apply their learnings from Week 1 to ensure they deliver innovative and sustainable solutions. We partner with a range of organizations across various sectors, focusing on actors that are innovative, tech-driven and do meaningful work so that our students have an exceptional experience.

Throughout the program, we provide diiVers with professional mentorship around consulting careers, consulting case prep and exposure to career opportunities in this fast-changing industry.

Why not? With the 3-week program length, diiVe Virtual:JTerm gives students the perfect opportunity to explore the world of consulting as well as gain internship experience during winter break. And no, this is not just like any other remote internship. It is fast paced, collaborative, and dependent on you working virtually in diverse teams, across time zones on projects based on the African continent, and many with global reach and impact.

Our diiVe Virtual: JTerm 2023 Program runs 2-20 January 2023. The program fee is $1010.

The program fee includes:

  • 1-week online course: “Consulting in the New Normal”
  • 2-week consulting internship project
  • Consulting case prep session
  • Résumé development support and professional recommendation
  • Lifetime access to the exclusive diiVe network of global leaders

Applications for diiVe Virtual: J-Term 2023 are open and you can apply here. The deadline is November 20 2022.

diiVe’s intensive 1-week online course, “Consulting in the New Normal”, was created for ambitious students as a crash course in the world of consulting, opportunities in this industry, and an understanding of the rapid changes occurring within this industry. This course is designed to prepare students with critical virtual business and consulting skills as well as the strategic knowledge necessary to excel in the New Normal workplace and elevate students’ employability as our world dramatically shifts.

Yes! You’ll also have the option to state your interest in future in-person programs on our application, even if you participate in diiVe J-Term in 2023. Don’t worry though, if you’re not sure if you want to apply for both now, you can always make a decision in the future.

For our online course, you should expect to dedicate 4-6 hours of live session per day and additional hours collaborating with others remotely, self-guided learning, reflection and reading.

Your daily internship commitment will be dependent on the company you work with, however, it’s reasonable to expect that you will work anywhere between 6-8 hours per day for 5 days a week while accomplishing your internship. You will be collaborating with a digital team on a business project for your internship site, entering the remote work space from Day 1.

diiVe Virtual: Summer 2023

diiVe Virtual is a high-impact, 7-week online internship program for students looking to explore the world of consulting, gain global work experience and build critical skills for a post-COVID era, from anywhere in the world.

In Weeks 1-2, diiVers will participate in our online course, “Consulting in the New Normal” course, building virtual business & consulting skills, developing knowledge of key post-COVID trends and ensuring they can manage projects effectively in virtual teams.

In Weeks 3-7, diiVers will consult remotely for a leading company based in South Africa on a focused project. Students will work in teams, gain support from external mentors, and apply their learnings from Week 1 to ensure they deliver innovative and sustainable solutions by Week 7.

Although we are not running a data science virtual program this summer, diiVers have the option to choose between a consulting internship that is more business focused or data driven. For those students who want to leverage their data analytics, forecasting or modelling skills through their work we advise a data driven internship. If accepted into the program, you can request which type of internship you would prefer. 

We partner with a range of organizations across various sectors, focusing on actors that are innovative, tech-driven and do meaningful work so that our students have an exceptional internship experience. diiVers can hone in on their consulting skills in sectors that they feel passion about. Work on challenges where you want to make a meaningful impact by selecting a project within the following areas: Finance & Fintech, Sustainability & Conservation, Startups & Innovation or General Consulting. 

Throughout the program, we provide diiVers with professional coaching and exposure to career opportunities in the consulting world and beyond to help them better define their purpose and career direction. We also will have broader discussions and learning opportunities with the entire diiVe cohort to promote relationship-building, and connection. We also conduct a case study review session for those students interested in applying for the big consulting houses.

Here are three reasons why you should choose diiVe Virtual this summer:

  • Elevate your employability in a competitive job market – We equip you with the key set of capabilities and skills necessary to excel in a post-COVID world.
  • Impact a business during this significant moment of history –  We provide you with a global work experience, that is immersive, team-based and project focused.
  • Gain invaluable consulting experience and project workWe provide you with global consulting experience, that is immersive, team-based and project focused

The diiVe Virtual: Summer 2023 Program will run from June 12 – July 28 2023. The cost of the program is $2400.

The program fee includes:

  • Intensive, 2-week online course “Consulting in the New Normal” to equip you with the virtual business and consulting skills you’ll need for your future career
  • 5-week consulting internship (remote) with a project team
  • Weekly webinars with our ecosystem
  • Consulting case study prep
  • Career coaching sessions
  • Résumé development support and professional recommendation
  • Lifetime access to the exclusive diiVe network of global leaders
  • Weekly events and virtual hang-outs

You can apply for diiVe Virtual: Summer 2023 here.

Our final round of applications for diiVe Virtual: Summer 2023 close on April 1st 2023. Please ensure you apply as early as possible, as our program is competitive and we have limited number of spaces available each summer and our applications work on a rolling basis.

diiVe’s intensive 2-week online course, “Consulting in the New Normal”, was created for ambitious students as a crash course in the world of consulting, opportunities in this industry, and an understanding of the rapid changes occurring within this industry. We cover strategy, management and business consulting. This course is designed to prepare students with critical virtual business and consulting skills as well as the strategic knowledge necessary to excel in the New Normal workplace and elevate students’ employability as our world dramatically shifts.

Yes! You’ll also have the option to state your interest in future in-person programs on our application, even if you participate in diiVe Virtual this year. Don’t worry though, if you’re not sure if you want to apply for both now, you can always make a decision in the future.

For our online course, you should expect to dedicate 4-6 hours of live session per day and additional hours collaborating with others remotely, self-guided learning, reflection and reading.

Your daily internship commitment will be dependent on the company you work with, however, it’s reasonable to expect that you will work anywhere between 6-8 hours per day for 5 days a week while accomplishing your internship. You will be collaborating with a digital team on a business project for your internship site, entering the remote work space from Day 1.

diiVe Cape Town: Summer 2023

diiVe is an exclusive, high impact, internship program in Cape Town, South Africa, which takes place in June & July. We are dedicated to developing young leaders with the digital knowledge, societal commitment, future direction, and business skills necessary to adapt, collaborate and lead in the fast-paced, global environment. Our intensive program is experiential, cross-cultural, community-driven, and pivots around professional and personal growth.

The 7-weeks look like the following:

  • Weeks 1-2: an intensive 2-week online course: “Consulting in the New Normal” to acquire key technical skills and harness digital capabilities
  • Weeks 3-7: a 5-week in-person, project-based consulting internship in hybrid teams to gain international work experience and emerging market exposure. Your teams will be composed of interns on the ground in South Africa and also virtually, so that you can experience what it means to work in the New Normal. diiVers can hone in on their consulting skills in sectors that they feel passion about. Work on challenges where you want to make a meaningful impact by selecting a project within the following areas: Finance & Fintech, Sustainability & Conservation, Startups & Innovation or General Consulting. 
  • Weekly cultural excursions and epic adventures in and around Cape Town
  • Monthly: Personalized coaching sessions to help you connect to your personal purpose

In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, top employers are progressively turning to those candidates that have digital experience and a global perspective. diiVe is the only summer internship program in the world that aims to build this generation of global leaders. We do this by helping students:

  • Elevate your employability
  • Acquire the most in-demand skills
  • Connect to your purpose
  • Develop your critical leadership skills
  • Explore Cape Town
  • Gain international work experience

diiVe Cape Town will run from June 12 – July 28 2023.

The Summer Internship Program fee for 2023 is $4750.

The base program fee includes:

  • 2-week online course: “Consulting in the New Normal”
  • 5-week in-person, project-based consulting internship in teams
  • Consulting case study prep session
  • Weekly immersive Cape Town experiences and weekend trips
  • Accommodation with your peers in the buzzing, beachfront of Cape Town
  • Personalized coaching sessions and resume development
  • Access to one-on-one tutoring
  • Life-time access to an exclusive global network
  • Transport to and from airport (does not include flights)
  • Pre-arrival information, local guides & resources on site
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • *Fees do not include flights to and from Cape Town, local transport in South Africa or food costs

Visitors from the United States , United Kingdom and most European countries do not need a VISA for South Africa if they are staying less than 90 days.

A full list of passport holders who are exempt from requiring a VISA for South Africa can be found here.

You will work a +/- 8 hour day, either in our co-working offices or remotely, involving approximately 4 hours of high collaboration work, either with your team, with clients, or with the whole diiVe cohort and 4 hours of individual responsibilities and deliverables.  Your evenings and weekends are then your own to do with as you wish! We will sometimes organize diiVentures at the weekends or after work drinks which will be optional.

All participants will live together in our program housing, in same gender sharing whenever possible. The housing will be fully furnished apartments in Mouille Point, one of Cape Town’s safest and most beautiful neighborhoods, right by the sea.

Although South Africa has a reputation for being an unsafe country, Cape Town has consistently been rated as one of the top travel destinations in the world, suggesting crime is not affecting tourists too much. Furthermore, it is important to put the socio-economic context of South Africa into perspective and diiVers will be living and working in some of the wealthiest and safest parts of the city. As long as you have a sensible level of vigilance, particularly at night, you shouldn’t need to worry.

Our offices will be a co-working space called Workshop17 at the Watershed situated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

diiVe is an education program before all else, offering a training program before the internship starts, taught by experienced consultants from across the world. Training continues during the internship with ongoing internship check in’s, seminars, and mentoring from the diiVe team. This is not a regular internship, but a guided training experience with real world impact.

Yes, the entire program will be in English, and everyone you live with speaks English. The majority of South Africans speak English, even if it’s not their first language.

Please check out our Covid policy here.

The South African Rand, you can buy some in advance, and make sure you have a credit or debit card that you can use overseas. You will need to inform your bank in advance that you will be using your card in South Africa.

We are currently preparing a packing list. Please check in closer to the date again for this information, or email us for more details in the meantime.

Yes, you will have high speed internet in your office and apartment.

Yes, tap water is safe

Yes, your client will write the team a reference letter.

Yes, a member of the diiVe team will come to the airport to pick you up as well as drop you off at the airport for your return flight.

Please see here.

We recommend you book as early as possible to get the cheapest deal, but please do contact us to check if any other diiVer will be flying from the same city, so you can coordinate flights if you want.

Yes, you will need travel insurance, medical and for possessions. We recommend Allianz.

Yes, your parents are welcome to visit, although you will still be required to work a full working week while they are here!

Activities: Hike Lion’s Head, hike Table Mountain or take the cable car, go to Llandudno Beach, go to any of the Clifton Beaches, shop at the V&A Waterfront Mall, sunset boat cruise, go to Boulder Beach to see the penguins, picnic at Kristenbosh Gardens, wine tasting at Constantia, snorkelling with seals from Hout Bay, shark cage diving, watching the sunset at Signal Hill, visit the MOMA museum.

There are also numerous bars, restaurants and clubs, including karaoke bars.

You will normally use ubers to get around the city, so please ensure you have the app on your phone. There are some bus services available in some parts of the city during the day. We will arrange private transportation for diiVentures.

It will be Cape Town’s winter season, so there will be some wind and rain, with an average daily low temperature of 45 fahrenheit and average daily high of 65. Cape Town winters are fairly bright and sunny most of the time however, even if cool.

Food: $126

Uber: $42

Going out + Activities: $52

Airtime & Data: $10

Other: $20

Tips 10%

Total per week: $275

5 weeks total – $1375, which rounded up would be $1500

There is no malaria in Cape Town, and the tap water is safe to drink. There is no yellow fever vaccination requirement, but we recommend you are up to date with all regular vaccinations.

See our covid policy here.

Application process questions

Kick-starting your global leadership journey with us begins with you completing our simple application form found here.

We recommend you carve out 1 hour in order to adequately complete this application form.

No coding experience is required.

We encourage a diversity of majors and interests to apply to our program to add to the richness of the conversations and learning of the broader cohort.  We are looking for a select group of ambitious, aspirational leaders who:

  • are currently enrolled at university or are a recent graduate (from any major or discipline)
  • are high performing students who want to become more digitally-savvy, with skills applicable to any profession and cause
  • want to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills
  • possess a keen interest in community development or social impact
  • have already demonstrated themselves as a young leaders in their community, university, country or organisation (e.g. club, forum, committee)

Application to the diiVe program begins with a written online application (found here) in which you select the program and bootcamp you’re interested in attending and tell us a bit more about who you are. The diiVe team will then review your online application and may request an interview if required, after which successful applicants will be notified and allocated a space on the program.

Applications are open for all 2023 programs. The application deadline for Summer 2023 is March 25 2023.

Acceptance to diiVe is predominantly based on who you are as a person however, given the competitive nature of this program, we use your GPA as an indicator to ensure you can keep up with the intensive, fast-paced nature of the program.

Life in Cape Town (Summer 2023 only)

Like any major city in the world, students are encouraged to be aware, streetwise and take necessary safety precautions. That being said, we do everything in our power to ensure the safest experience for our diiVers. Students will stay in one of the safest areas in Cape Town, conveniently located to police stations and world-class private hospitals, and have a diiVe staff member on call 24/7. During orientation, we will address how to be as safe as possible and highlight the necessary systems of support.

There are many different options for transportation in Cape Town. The top options are ride-sharing apps Uber and Bolt, and the efficient public transport system called the My CiTi Bus. Given the ideal location of where you will be staying, a lot of destinations are also conveniently close enough for walking.

Your home for the duration of your stay in Cape Town will be located in the trendy suburb of Mouille Point. Our accommodation is a beautiful, vibrant, fully furnished, house with 24hr security and support, conveniently located close to police stations and world-class private hospitals. Rent is included in the tuition fee.

Food is not included. Fortunately, the number of high-quality, affordable options are abundant. The student housing will also have a fully equipped kitchen so students can prepare their own meals when necessary.

Transport is not included, however both our campus and student housing is easily accessed by the safe, cheap and reliable MyCiti bus system

Cape Town is in winter during June and July, but fear not! A typical Cape Town winter is very beautiful with the average high being 68°F and the average low being 53°F. It can get a bit windy with some rain so we recommend packing accordingly, bringing a jacket, pants, sweaters, and other warm layers.

There’s very little need to worry about health issues in Cape Town. The city is one of the most modern and developed in South Africa and sits on par with most other global cities. The medical services and infrastructure are of a very high standard. No vaccinations are required when visiting Cape Town, but the decision is ultimately yours in order to have peace of mind. We do recommend having the necessary conversations with your health insurer to ensure you are covered while in South Africa, should an emergency arise.

Cape Town boasts a wide range of activities for every type of person.

For the adventurer:
Go all out on an incredible amount of walks and hikes, mountain biking trails, sky diving, paragliding, surfing and much much more.

For the city-slicker:
Indulge in local and global cuisine, shopping sprees, art galleries and exhibitions, the beautiful V&A Waterfront and visit the Two Oceans Aquarium- to name a few.

The South African Rand is fortunately quite weak against the US Dollar, Euro and Pound making travel really affordable for international students. Given that you will need to cover your own meals, an average breakfast and lunch in Cape Town costs between $5-$8 and dinner between $10-$15. You will also need to budget for the additional excursions, weekend activities and living essentials.

Internships (Summer 2023 only)

The internship is 5-weeks long. It offers you the opportunity to:

  • Gain international work experience
  • Work in collaborative team environments
  • Tackle New Normal challenges businesses are facing in project-based work
  • Bolster your resume
  • Apply and refine your digital skills in a professional environment

You will have the opportunity to complete our internship preferences survey which will form part of the allocation criteria the diiVe team uses to construct project teams and allocate clients. We will do our utmost to match you with an internship site aligned with your preferences.

In order to be paid for work in South Africa, one must have a general workers permit or be a permanent citizen. The process for being paid takes months and costs thousands of dollars. Therefore, all internships will be unpaid, but students will gain invaluable experience.

We have curated the best and most impactful internship sites in Cape Town. We understand that sometimes companies don’t work out. Therefore, if an internship site is not working out for you, we will discuss the best options in moving forward. If need be, we will provide assistance in locating a new internship site.

Immersions (Summer 2023 only)

We offer a wide range of immersions, so you can satisfy your cultural curiosity whilst having fun exploring everything Cape Town has to offer. We organize planned activities, but also provide a platform for you to make up your own experience, by offering advice and guidance where needed. Some of the planned immersions include: ecotourism (shark cage diving), and environmental education. Find more info on the immersions here.

We highly recommend you join us on the planned activities, but attendance is not compulsory. This program is jam-packed to give you the most impactful personal and professional growth experience layered in fun, but it is what you make of it at the end of the day that really counts.

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