Eligibility requirement: At least one year of relevant college/university study in marketing, communications, business management or a related field. Knowledge of social media marketing and digital communications is also required, along with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.Suitable for recent graduates (within 24 months of course completion).

Language requirements: This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths: Account Supervisor, Brand Manager, Business Development Manager, Marketing Manager, Product Manager, Director of Online Marketing Strategy & Performance, SEO Specialist, Search Marketing Specialist, Ecommerce Marketing Manager; Internet Marketing Specialist, Client Service & Consulting Manager, Communications Specialist, Demographic Analyst, Market Research Analyst.

Minimum duration: 4 weeks

Internship details

Are you looking for a marketing internship in a specific field, or hoping to build a broad range of communications and business skills? A Marketing internship in South Africa is customized to suit you, and can include sales, brand management, online content, social media marketing, market analytics, research and more. Come ready to be dedicated, proactive, and creative!

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided. Click here to explore remote Marketing & Communications internships, which you can do from home.

As a Marketing intern in Cape Town, you’re able to build your skills in a wide range of areas. With a large number of placements available in marketing agencies, NGOs and private companies, your internship role is customized to suit your skills and interests, as well as your study background and the length of your internship.

Many internships within this field focus on media monitoring, research and editorial work. Due to the broad scope of this internship field, a customized approach is taken toward matching each intern to their best placement opportunity. Responsibilities will vary depending on the specific business placement, but a typical list of general activities may include:

  • Collaborating on sales strategies and brand management
  • Reviewing business analytics to gain enhanced insight into marketing challenges and opportunities
  • Providing customer support to clients
  • Editing and proofreading activities, for website and/or print copy
  • Conducting research duties for market analysis
  • Monitoring news outlets and preparing daily updates for staff
  • Drafting press releases and other communications documents
  • Maintaining internal marketing databases
  • Assisting with multimedia production, including video tapings and photo shoots
  • Contributing to digital marketing media planning and advertisements

Interns on this Marketing internship in South Africa are encouraged to come with a solid familiarity of social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Previous experience or education in business, marketing or social sciences is desirable but not a requirement for this dynamic internship. More important is a high attention to detail and accuracy, along with the ability to collaborate both independently and within a team. Interns must be prepared to abide by time-sensitive schedules in order to meet marketing project deadlines.

In your spare time in South Africa, there is so much to see and do, which will get your creative juices flowing! The “to do” list includes the beautiful gardens of Kirstenbosch, the trendy Biscuit Mill food market, the excellent shopping at Long Street, and more. You won’t want to miss checking out the largest collection of contemporary African art (on the continent!) at the Zeitz Museum. When you need to stretch your legs even further, the hiking trails around Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Signal Hill will allow you to appreciate wonderful views and sunsets. Further afield from the city, you can explore beaches, wineries, or even plan an unforgettable African safari experience.

This internship is conducted in English.

Marketing interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Contributing to marketing and communications campaigns
  • Conducting market research to support new strategies
  • Writing, editing and proofreading content
  • Media monitoring
  • Helping to develop and implement marketing and communications strategies
Professional development opportunities:
  • Hone your research and media monitoring and reporting skills
  • Contribute to marketing and media strategy development and implementation
  • Build writing and editing skills
  • Gain understanding in producing engaging content for a range of social media platforms
  • Develop business analytical skills
  • Understand PR requirements, how to build media relationships and pitch stories
  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Typical schedule:
  • Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Internship highlights:
  • Develop marketing and communications skills in an area of interest to you
  • Contribute to real life campaigns for local companies
  • Enjoy spare time exploring the unique and eclectic city of Cape Town, and wider South Africa
Types of host organizations:
  • Marketing agencies
  • Private companies
  • NGOs

Keen to get started?

Taking the first step is easy! It is free to apply and takes just 5 minutes.

Submit an application

Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks 2 weeks $1,418
3 weeks 3 weeks $1,556
4 weeks 4 weeks $1,694
5 weeks 5 weeks $1,832
6 weeks 6 weeks $1,970
8 weeks 8 weeks $2,246
10 weeks 10 weeks $2,729
12 weeks 12 weeks $3,005
16 weeks 16 weeks $3,557
20 weeks 20 weeks $4,109
24 weeks 24 weeks $4,661
  • To convert these prices to your local currency visit the XE currency converter.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
  • Terms and Conditions apply

Program fee for abroad internships

What it covers
  • Securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • International reference letter
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • Accommodation
  • Meal package for first week

Intern review: Emma Henderson

South Africa - Human Rights Law

"I had an amazing time during my three- week internship in Cape Town! I got to work and enhance my CV whilst also fully immersing myself in the culture and activities available there. The food markets ..." read more

View all reviews

Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Cape Town begin every Monday and interns may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. (Exceptions to start date availability may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity). Less internship positions are available during late December and early January, due to the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Saturday night before the Monday start date. Interns are asked to arrive on the Saturday before their Monday start date, to allow sufficient time over the weekend to rest and become oriented before beginning on the Monday. The last night of accommodation that is covered by the Program Fee is the Friday night of the final week, leaving interns to depart on the Saturday morning. Extra nights of accommodation can be pre-arranged upon request and paid for separately.

All participants fly into the Cape Town International Airport (CPT), in order to receive their airport pick up and be transported to the accommodation by a pre-arranged driver. Upon arrival to the accommodation, interns are met by a local team member, who will greet them and assist with settling in. Note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

Orientation typically takes place on the Sunday before the Monday start date. It covers important details for the internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Interns join their placement on the following day.

If you are planning to spend time in Cape Town prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can arrange an alternative pick up from another location within the central city.

Accommodation

Internship placements are spread throughout Cape Town’s main city center and surrounding suburbs. Accommodation is based in the Observatory district (known affectionately as “Obs”). The area is best known as a student neighbourhood (most of the students in the area attend the University of Cape Town) and there is great access to cafes, restaurants, and supermarkets that are within walking distance of the accommodation. Interns are accommodated in guest houses or at a hostel, all of which are close together, making it easy to connect with others and share social time. Living conditions are comfortable and interns can expect to share a room with another intern (of the same gender). Bathrooms are shared with a hot water shower and western toilets. WiFi is available and is also accessible at nearby cafes and restaurants. All accommodation provides cooking facilities.

Meals

It is important to note that internships in Cape Town do not include meals.

For the first week only, a meal service is provided while interns are getting settled in and welcomed. This includes a packed lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday of the first week. For this, let us know of any specific dietary requirements in advance, so that they may be accommodated.

After the first week of the internship, interns have the choice to either continue with this meal service (and pay directly to the local team in-country for it) or to take care of their own meals independently.

For interns who wish to take care of their own meals independently, it is convenient to do so. The accommodation is located within short walking distance to an affordable supermarket, as well as great cafes and restaurants. All accommodation also provides cooking facilities.

For interns who wish to take advantage of the catered meal service (of packed lunches and dinners throughout the week), it may be arranged directly in Cape Town. Typical lunches include juice, fruit, sandwiches, salads. Typical dinners include dishes such as stews, curries, vegetable pasta bake, rice, roasted vegetables, salads, and South African braai (BBQ).

Activities and tourism

On the weekend, interns have spare time to relax and explore. There’s something for everyone, with nightlife, café culture, music, festivals, food markets, wine tours, hiking, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the continent! Here are some of our top picks for activities around Cape Town:

  • Hiking around Table Mountain National Park, just ten minutes from central Cape Town, is a great option to keep fit and healthy and there are lots of trails to explore for any level of adventurer. Reach the top of Table mountain by foot, or take a return cable-car. Don’t forget to challenge yourself to summit Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head!

  • Shark cage diving is an exhilarating experience - if you’re feeling brave enough! Get eye-to-eye with a great white from the safety of a cage or observe from the comfort of the boat. Most dives cost around $130USD, but shop around and speak to others to ensure you get a fair price (based on the season).

  • The Neighbourgoods Market, located at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock (close to the Observatory district) features over 100 specialty traders every Saturday, creating a weekly platform for local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers, celebrated local chefs, and micro enterprises. Don’t miss it!

  • Kick back and relax over the weekend, with a slow-paced wine tour through some of Cape Town’s loveliest estates. Learn about the history of how wine was introduced to the area and sample a delicious selection.

  • General tours to Robben Island usually depart every day. With a rich 500 year, multi-layered history, the island is visited every year by thousands of people, who learn about important aspects of South Africa’s history.

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), is located in a converted grain silo, overlooking the Atlantic on the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. The institution has 100 galleries spread over nine floors and the exhibitions focus exclusively on 21st-century work from Africa and the diaspora.

  • For history-buffs, take a wander through South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope. The magnificent building contains displays of historical and military paraphernalia, an art collection, a restaurant as well as a history of the castle itself.

Photo gallery

Country profile

Capital Pretoria (Executive), Bloemfontein (Judicial), Cape Town (Legislative)
Population 55.91 million
Languages Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana
Currency South African Rand (ZAR)
Time zone UTC+02:00

Weather and climate: South Africa is generally temperate, however due to varied topography and oceanic influence, a great variety of climatic zones exist. This ranges from the extreme desert of the Namib (northwest South Africa), to the subtropical climate along the Mozambique border and the Indian Ocean (eastern South Africa). Winters in South Africa occur between June and August.

In Cape Town, the summers are warm, dry, and mostly clear; the winters are long, cool, wet, and partly cloudy. It is windy year round and common to see windsurfers enjoying the surf. Over the course of the year, the temperature in Cape Town typically varies from 48°F (9°C) to 76°F (24°C). The warm season in Cape Town usually ranges from December through March and the coldest months are June through September.