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Internships in South Africa

Intern in South Africa with Intern Abroad HQ - the global leader in impactful short term internships. Internships are available throughout a range of destinations, including Cape Town for urban placements, and a range of sites for environmental conservation placements.

Internships in Cape Town begin every Monday and placements are spread throughout Cape Town’s main city center and the surrounding suburbs. Interns stay in a popular student neighbourhood, near to the University of Cape Town, where they are optimally situated to enjoy urban attractions, vibrant entertainment, and a safe home away from home.

Interns looking for conservation experience in iconic environments can choose from diverse placements across the country. These include beautiful locations such as the Balule Game Reserve at Kruger National Park, the Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay, and Sodwana Bay in iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

At a glance...

    • Entry level programs from 2 weeks
    • Start dates every Monday
    • Program fees from US$1,418
    • Accommodation included
    • Meal service available
    • Experiential Learning Curriculum
    • 24/7 in-country support
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Event Planning Internships in Cape Town

Event Planning  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Event Planning internships in Cape Town provide a fantastic stepping stone for a career in event management and public relations. This unique opportunity allows interns to explore their creative talents, assisting with the delivery of diverse events such as parties, weddings and conferences for clients of all sizes and industries.

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GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation at Gondwana Game Reserve in South Africa

GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation  

Internship abroad in Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa

Based at the Gondwana Game Reserve, a leading conservation reserve in central South Africa, interns will learn how to use GIS software, collect GIS data on the ground, and apply data and skills to solve real-world African conservation issues. Develop essential transferable skills with leading open-source software QGIS.

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Journalism & Public Relations Internships Cape Town South Africa

Journalism & Public Relations  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

If you’re passionate about writing and want to motivate, empower, educate, and connect people, then this internship is for you. An internship in Journalism & Public Relations offers diverse placements that are customized to suit your interest and abilities, and includes writing articles, conducting investigations and contributing to social media campaigns.

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Human Rights Law Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Human Rights Law  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Gain valuable experience into human rights law and social advocacy in Cape Town, where unique social issues and discrimination affect a range of communities. Interns observe and assist lawyers and advocates in their day-to-day activities, including research, clerical and case management support, and meeting clients.

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Internships at Sodwana Bay Marine National Park

Marine Biology & Reef Conservation  

Internship abroad in Sodwana Bay, South Africa

If you’re passionate about marine conservation and diving - or if you’ve always wanted to learn - this is the opportunity for you! Sodwana Bay is a World Heritage site with renowned natural beauty and coral reefs that are home to turtles, whales and manta rays. Learn about Indian Ocean reef conservation, gain marine ecology training and scuba experience in one of the world's prime marine habitats.

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Marketing & Communications Internships in Cape Town


Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

A Marketing internship in South Africa is customized to suit you, and can include development of sales strategies, brand management, online content, social media marketing, market analytics, research and more. Come ready to be dedicated, proactive, and creative!

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Occupational Therapy Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Occupational Therapy  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Learn practical occupational therapy skills and life experience assisting qualified therapists in clinics, care facilities, hospitals and schools. Help to provide treatment and diagnosis, learning from experienced professionals and assisting individuals with a range of specific care needs.

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Physical Therapy Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Physical Therapy  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Physical Therapy internships offer the chance to learn by shadowing local therapists in day-to-day consultations with patients in Cape Town. Interns are placed in centers for disabled children, fitness or rehabilitation centers, offering real life experience and unique learning opportunities.

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Psychology Internships in Cape Town South Africa


Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Psychology internships in Cape Town offer exclusive opportunities to learn about inpatient services, community health, addiction, substance abuse, and more. Interns assist experienced local professionals in multidisciplinary teams, shadowing and observing real life therapies to develop valuable experience and understanding.

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Public Health Internships in Cape Town

Public Health  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Gain practical experience in the vast field of public health, helping to educate, prevent and treat local communities across Cape Town. On these Public Health internships, you’ll assist qualified healthcare professionals on rich educational placements including diverse health projects and community medical clinics.

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Real Estate & Property Management Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Real Estate & Property Management  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Real Estate Internships in Cape Town are amazing opportunities to gain first hand experience in the property industry. Interns focus on investment property, property management, brokerage and private equity, working alongside experienced professionals to understand the fast-paced day-to-day business!

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Internships at Balule Game Reserve at Kruger National Park

Reserve Management & Research at Kruger National Park  

Internship abroad in Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Reserve Management & Research internship in Balule, Greater Kruger Park, combines reserve management experience with specialized project activities. This dynamic approach provides interns with a real-world opportunity to gain scientific mentorship and learn practical new skills related to fieldwork, data and ecology.

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Social Work Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Social Work  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Gain practical insights and experience in social work within townships around Cape Town. Intern with well-established and high profile non-profit organizations in various sectors, assisting with the challenging and demanding role of helping the most disadvantaged members of the South African community with a range of social issues.

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Start Up Entrepreneurship Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Start Up Entrepreneurship  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

A great internship in entrepreneurship for those wanting insight into being an entrepreneur and starting new businesses. Interns gain valuable and transferable skills, working alongside owners of innovative new ventures across a broad range of industries. Learn about challenges and creative solutions to prepare your exciting career in business!

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Tourism & Hospitality Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Tourism & Hospitality  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town has been named by both the New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph as “the best place in the world to visit”, so it’s the perfect place to complete a Tourism & Hospitality internship. Gain experience in hotels, restaurants or a range of South African tourism companies to set up your global career!

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Youth Development and Education Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Youth Development & Education  

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

This is a fantastic teaching internship, where interns can work with students of all ages, in areas where they need the most support. Interns can be placed in primary or secondary schools, helping teachers in classes, or in community centers, organizing and delivering recreational activities.

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All Intern Abroad HQ programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program, which foster the acquisition of essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career. Each reflective journaling task introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts that inspire and guide the learning process.

Intern Abroad HQ does not award grades for the completion of our internship programs, but interns can be supported to independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider. Upon completion of the internship duration and reflection course, interns receive a portfolio as documentation of their experience. This includes a certificate of internship completion, alongside a summary of the internship goals, skill development, highlights, and a compilation of the reflection work.