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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$969
    • Accommodation included
    • Meal service available
    • Reflective learning course
    • 24/7 in-country support

South Africa Internships

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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
Marketing & Communications

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.

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 Period 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 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 (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
  • Pre-departure interview
  • 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.