Start Up Entrepreneurship internships in Cape Town

Through a Start Up Entrepreneurship internship in Cape Town, interns are connected with full-time, innovation-oriented companies, and entrepreneurial social ventures.

Most of the placements for Start Up Entrepreneurship internships are in the private sector, however there are also NGO placements available, which focus on developing education and financial independence for women and young people. The diverse opportunities are generally spread across sectors such as finance, green energy, information technology, management and social entrepreneurship. Generally speaking, the expected hours of assistance from interns are 9 a.m. till 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Due to the broad scope of this internship field, a customized approach is taken toward matching each intern to their best placement opportunity. Examples of internship activities may include (but may not be limited to):

  • Lead generation
  • Market research and evaluation of potential new partnership opportunities
  • Work to stimulate growth via online platforms

Interns should bring their own laptop and collaborate directly with their project leader in order to coordinate tasks and planning.

“I couldn’t have chosen a better place to have done my Start Up Entrepreneurship internship or even just to have visited. Cape Town is a city with the most welcoming locals, an incredibly humbling history, and views so stunning that even flicking through the photos of them on my phone still leaves me in shock, that I was able to take in such beautiful sights. Having the Intern Abroad HQ team every step of the way really did make my trip unforgettable and allowed me to have such a personal memorable experience. I wish that it would have been possible for me to remain on the internship in South Africa longer than two weeks, but now it just means that I’ll have to return in the future - either to reconnect with some of the people I was fortunate enough to meet, or to see what more Cape Town has to offer!.” - Bethan Froggatt-Thomas, United Kingdom
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Minimum Duration

2 weeks

Eligibility Requirement

Undergraduate Degree (or currently enrolled) in a related field. Suitable for recent graduates (within 24 months of course completion)

Associated career paths

Business Consultant, Brand Manager, Marketing & Sales Manager, Market Research Analyst, Product Development Manager, Media Coordinator, Research & Development Specialist, Recruiter, Business Reporter, Lawyer, Financial Advisor, Public Relations Specialist, Computer Systems Manager

How to intern

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.

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.

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).

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 and restaurants in Cape Town were amazing. I also had time to travel and relax and unwind. I was truly an amazing experience and I would 100% go again! I got to work in a human rights office for refugees and was given a tour of Cape Town. I did a hike up Table Mountain and took a road trip along the coast of South Africa to Cape point... we even stopped at the beach and I got to try my hand at surfing! The local tour guide was amazing and really friendly.
Emma Henderson
Nationality: United Kingdom
Age: 21
Destination: Cape Town, South Africa

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $969
3 weeks $1107
4 weeks $1245
5 weeks $1383
6 weeks $1521
8 weeks $1797
10 weeks $2280
12 weeks $2556
16 weeks $3108
20 weeks $3660
24 weeks $4212
  • To convert these prices to your local currency visit the XE currency converter.
  • All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
  • 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 do apply

What extra costs will I have?

  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
  • Language lessons (optional)
  • Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as meals and public transportation. Interns generally find US$120 per week to be sufficient.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Flight and travel insurance deals

Program fee

What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Learning support service
  • Accommodation
  • Meal package for first week

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.

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.