Intern in Cape Town, 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$920
    • Reflective learning course
    • 24/7 in-country support
    • Guesthouse accommodation

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Youth Development & Education
Youth Development and Education internship 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.

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: Early Years teacher, Education Administrator, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Primary/Secondary Teacher, Special Educational, Teaching Assistant, Careers Adviser, Child Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Family Support Worker, Play Therapist, Youth/Social Worker

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Social Work
Social Work internship 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.

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: Specialty fields of Social Work, i.e. Clinical, Psychiatric, Child & Family, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Geriatric & Hospice. Social and Human Service Assistant, Social and Community Service Manager, Health Educator, Public Policy Worker, Research Assistant, Environmental Health Worker

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Start Up Entrepreneurship
Start Up Entrepreneurship internship 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.

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

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Law & Human Rights
Law and Human Rights internships 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.

Minimum Duration: 3 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: Attorney, Barrister, Barrister's Clerk, Chartered Legal Executive, Legal Secretary, Paralegal, Solicitor, Licensed Conveyancer, Chartered Accountant, Civil Service Administrator, Human Resources Officer, Data & Research Analyst, Human Rights Officer, Child Protection Advisor

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Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy internship 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.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Interns must have a strong theoretical background or prior working experience in a rehabilitation setting.
Associated career paths: Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Geriatric Fitness Specialist, Sports Medicine, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Disabled Carer, Nurse

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Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy internship 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.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Applicants must be studying or having some experience of speech, occupational and physical therapy or nursing. Empathy and patience are highly regarded characteristics in this field
Associated career paths: Occupational Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Exercise Physiologist, Occupational Therapy Assistant / Aides, Physical Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist,Geriatric Fitness Specialist, Sports Medicine, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Disabled Carer, Nurse

Psychology internships 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.

Minimum Duration: 4 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: Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Occupational Therapy, Learning Mentor/Tutor, Special Educational, Family Support Worker, Youth/Social Worker

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Journalism & Public Relations
Journalism & Public Relations internship 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.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
Associated career paths: Technical Writer, Foreign Correspondent, Newspaper Reporter, Freelance Writer, Broadcast Journalist, Investigative Journalist, Photojournalist, Public Relations Consultant, Brand Manager, Advertising/Promotions/Marketing Manager, Film and Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Market Research Analyst, Media Coordinator

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Event Planning
Event Planning

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.

Minimum Duration: 4 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: Public Relations Consultant, Meeting/Convention/Event Planner, Brand Manager, Advertising/Promotions/Marketing Manager, Advertising Sales Representative, Film and Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Market Research Analyst, Photographer, Writer, Product Development Manager, Media Coordinator

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Real Estate & Property Management
Real Estate & Property Management internship 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.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Suitable for participants with strong analytical and communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and ability to work independently and collaboratively
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

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Marketing & Communications
Social Work

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!

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduate Degree (or currently enrolled) in a related field. Suitable for recent graduates (within 24 months of course completion). Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
Associated career paths: Advertising/Promotions/Marketing Manager, Sales Representative, Film & Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Market Research Analyst, Photographer, Writer, Product Development Manager, Brand Manager, Media Coordinator, Public Relations Consultant, Technical Writer, Media Coordinator

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Tourism & Hospitality
Tourism & Hospitality internship 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.

Minimum Duration: 4 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: Concierge, Guest Services, Management, Sales and Marketing, Travel Agent, Tour Guide / Operator, PR Manager, Travel Writer / Photographer, Market Research Analyst, Sales & Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions Management, Public & Media Relations, Administrative Assistant

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Public Health
Public Health

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.

Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduate Degree (or currently enrolled) in public health / health services or a related field. Suitable for recent graduates (within 24 months of course completion)
Associated career paths: Epidemiologist, Community Health Worker, Environmental Specialist, Health Educator, Medical & Health Services Manager, Health Specialties Teacher, Healthcare Social Worker, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Natural Sciences Manager

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.

Programs begin every Monday and participants may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. All participants fly into the Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in order to be picked up and transported to the accommodation, unless alternative arrangements for an overland arrival have been made. Orientation is given by our local hosts and covers important details concerning introductions, support, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more.

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.

Internships in Cape Town include daily breakfast and dinner, served Monday through Friday. During the weekends, interns have free time and typically source their own meals at affordable cafes and restaurants within the area. A typical breakfast can include tea, coffee, fruit, and pastries/bread/toast, eggs or cereal. Dinner can vary between typical western food and South African food, such as curries, chakalaka (vegetable curry mix), braai. Drinking water in Cape Town is fine to drink from the tap. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance, so that we may ensure our local team is aware and can advise you accordingly.

Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks $920
3 weeks $1100
4 weeks $1280
5 weeks $1460
6 weeks $1640
8 weeks $2000
10 weeks $2540
12 weeks $2900
16 weeks $3620
20 weeks $4340
24 weeks $5060
  • To convert these prices to your local currency visit the XE currency converter.
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • * 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.
  • Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
  • Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$50 per week to be sufficient.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Pre-departure interview
  • Personal impact assessment
  • 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 & meals

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.