Internships in South Africa

Intern in South Africa with Intern Abroad HQ - the global leader in impactful short term internships. Programs are available from two weeks in the areas of Youth Development & Education, Social Work, and Startup Entrepreneurship.

Longer internship programs include Law, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Journalism, Event Planning, Real Estate, Marketing & Communications, Tourism & Hospitality, and Public Health.

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.

At a glance...

    • Entry level programs from 2 weeks
    • Start dates every Monday
    • Intern fees from US$969
    • Accommodation included
    • Meal service available
    • Reflective learning course
    • 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 provide a fantastic stepping stone for career within event management and public relations. This unique opportunity allows interns to explore their creative talents, while becoming involved in the running operations of a business.

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GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation at Dinokeng Game Reserve

GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation

Internship abroad in Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa

Based at the Dinokeng Game Reserve, interns will learn how to use GIS software, how to collect GIS data on the ground, and how to apply data and skills to solve real-world African conservation issues. Develop essential transferable skills with leading open-source software QGIS, and earn a certificate of completion to illustrate your learning and experience.

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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. The program is suitable for students and young professionals with excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a good working knowledge of reporting, interviewing, writing, revision and layout of print and online publications.

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Human Rights Law Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Human Rights Law

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Looking to gain insight into a career in law or social advocacy? Interns observe South African legal experts in their day-to-day activities, while learning legal acumen in a professional environment. Internship tasks may include law research, clerical support, client meetings, or general case management.

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Internships at Sodwana Bay Marine National Park

Marine Biology and 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

Marketing & Communications

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Do you have a general interest in business? A Marketing & Communications internship can enhance your knowledge of sales, brand management, social media marketing, market analytics and research. 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

Occupational Therapists work to help improve independence and quality of life. Through practice and educational outreach, interns learn about techniques and resources that can support the wellbeing of people living with an injury or disability.

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Physical Therapy Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Physical Therapy

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Shadow therapists during their day-to-day interactions to start building your professional career in physiotherapy. Placements typically include centers for disabled children, but may also include fitness and rehabilitation centers.

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Psychology Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Psychology

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Psychology internships in Cape Town offer a wide range of placements related to inpatient services, community health, addiction, substance abuse, and more. Interns should not expect to work independently, but assist an appropriately credentialed professional, within multidisciplinary teams.

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Public Health Internships in Cape Town

Public Health

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is rich in opportunities for students who seek knowledge that will enhance their professional development, while also giving back to local communities. Public health interns assist alongside qualified healthcare professionals, at placements which can include ethnically and culturally diverse public health projects or 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 designed with a focus on investment property, property management, brokerage, and private equity. Come willing to learn about the investment process, day-to-day business and decision making, within a fast-paced industry and booming economy.

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Dinokeng Game Reserve Wildlife Conservation Internships

Reserve Management at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Internship abroad in Dinokeng Game Reserve, South Africa

Assist reserve managers at the fully operational Dinokeng Game Reserve. Monitor animal behavior for research and to minimize conflict between wildlife and humans. Interns assist local staff with all manner of ecological surveys and game management services, for a hands-on experience in reserve management.

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Internships at Balule Game Reserve at Kruger National Park

Reserve Management at Kruger National Park

Internship abroad in Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Reserve Management internship at the iconic Kruger Park is focused on wildlife conservation, predator research and reserve management. Interns live in the National Park, work alongside local field staff to conduct research, collect data and maintain one of the world’s most renowned wildlife environments. Ongoing work contributes to the international Panthera Predator Monitoring Project and Biodiversity Conservation Research Projects.

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Social Work Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Social Work

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Gain social work insights and experience in Cape Town’s townships. Through collaboration with well-established, high profile, non-profit organizations in various sectors, interns assist with the challenging and demanding role of assisting the most disadvantaged members of the South African community.

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Start Up Entrepreneurship Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Start Up Entrepreneurship

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

If you’re business-minded and looking for insight into how ventures are started, this program can launch your professional experience. Gain valuable and transferable skills, meet others already working in the field, and explore your unique talents.

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Tourism & Hospitality Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Tourism & Hospitality

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the tourism industry, then the vibrant city of Cape Town is the perfect place to begin. Having been previously named by both the New York Times and the British Daily Telegraph as “the best place in the world to visit”, the city bustles with tourism year-round.

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Wildlife Veterinary Internships at Gondwana Game Reserve

Wildlife Veterinary Internships at Gondwana Game Reserve

Internship abroad in Gondwana Game Reserve, South Africa

This exclusive Wildlife Veterinary course involves hands-on veterinary activities with qualified and experienced wildlife vets. The incredible opportunity enables interns to gain insight into the effects of fire and herbivory on diversity, productivity, and sustainability in old agricultural grasslands and native Fynbos vegetation. Come prepared to gain knowledge and training in a diverse ecological environment that includes the famed “Big 5”.

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Youth Development and Education Internships in Cape Town South Africa

Youth Development & Education

Internship abroad in Cape Town, South Africa

Join an internship where you can work with youth and teens, in areas where they need the most support. Whether teaching core subjects in primary or secondary schools, or organizing recreational activities for students through community centers, there’s broad scope to gain valuable experience.

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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.