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Real Estate & Property Management Internships in Cape Town

Real Estate & Property Management Internships in Cape Town

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!

Internship Highlights:
  • Gain a first hand insight into the day-to-day work in real estate and/or property management
  • Learn how to complete industry-standard tasks to boost your career skills
  • Enjoy spare time exploring the unique and eclectic city of Cape Town, and wider South Africa
Type of host organizations:
  • Real estate agencies
  • Property management companies
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Fully hosted experience from US$1,495
Includes shared lodging accommodation
Typical schedule: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Minimum duration 2 weeks, up to 24 Weeks maximum
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Suitable for participants with strong analytical and communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and ability to work independently and collaboratively

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Appraiser, Agent, Broker, Closing Agent, Realty Specialist, Real Estate Clerk, Consultant, Real Estate Analyst, Licensed Sales Consultant, Loans Specialist, Mortgage Specialist, Underwriter, Foreclosure Specialist, Inspector, Real Estate Attorney, Marketing Coordinator, Property Manager

Internship details

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!

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided. Click here to check out remote internships, which you can undertake from home.

The real estate and property management industries are like worlds of their own. For those looking to start careers in the industry, having experience in how things work can make a huge difference. That’s exactly what you’ll get on this Real Estate and Property Management internship in South Africa.

Within this exciting internship field, interns in South Africa have the opportunity to interact with various levels of management within real estate and property management business. You’ll be mentored by a real estate agent or property manager and gain experience through working with leads, handling phone-work, and enhancing familiarity with real estate documents and processes.

Daily tasks vary, depending on your specific placement, but may generally involve conducting market research for potential business opportunities, analyzing financial reports, data entry using Microsoft Excel, and helping to prepare documents for lenders, investors and internal parties.

This is a perfect internship for anyone wanting to experience life in real estate or property management. Interns are encouraged to ask as many questions as you can and to always ask for guidance on more things to help out with, when any other tasks have been completed. This approach will help you to become more integrated within your placement. An open mind and commitment to learning is essential.

Interns wanting to focus specifically on real estate, or property management, should include details in your application. Requests are accommodated wherever possible, though are subject to availability.

During your weekends in Cape Town, you can visit the District Six Museum, Robben Island, and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. These excellent sites can provide more understanding of South Africa’s history, to deepen the immersive and educational experience of your internship. There are also beautiful scenic attractions that you won’t want to miss - whether hiking Table Mountain, Signal Hill or Lion’s Head for panoramic views of the city, relaxing on the beaches, or meandering along the Garden Route to visit wineries, you’ll find that there is never a dull moment. If you want to visit Africa and plan a safari, please let us know. Our team in Cape Town will help you arrange an ethical, responsible and unforgettable tour.

Career Benefits

Real Estate & Property Management interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Researching property markets for business opportunities

  • Analyzing financial reports of properties

  • Data entry

  • Preparing legal documents

  • Accompanying your supervisor to site visits and client meetings

Professional development opportunities:
  • Gain a real world insight into the real estate and property management industries

  • Develop your understanding of legal documents

  • Build understanding and communication skills dealing with lenders, investors, clients, real estate agents and property managers

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

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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.

Duration
Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $1,495Equivalent to $106/day
3 weeks $1,647Equivalent to $78/day
4 weeks $1,849Equivalent to $66/day
5 weeks $2,001Equivalent to $57/day
6 weeks $2,178Equivalent to $51/day
8 weeks $2,481Equivalent to $44/day
10 weeks $3,067Equivalent to $43/day
12 weeks $3,371Equivalent to $40/day
16 weeks $4,088Equivalent to $36/day
20 weeks $4,695Equivalent to $33/day
24 weeks $5,303Equivalent to $31/day
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • Meals
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Optional extras, such as language lessons
  • Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
  • A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

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). Fewer 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.

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Accommodation and WiFi

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. 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.

You can readily drink the tap water throughout the city. However, it is advised to bring your own water supply when traveling to and interning in the townships.

You should aim to budget approximately US$100 per week for food. If you like to go out frequently (rather than going to the grocery store to prepare some of your own meals) then you need to budget up to US$150 per week, at least.

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.

Essential country information

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.