Internships in South Africa

We can’t boast enough about South Africa as an internship destination. This country has it all; vast plains dotted with wildlife, cosmopolitan cities, striking coast lines, and unique cultural diversity. It also offers a great variety of internship opportunities. As an intern, you can work in communications, nonprofit management, psychology, education, environmental management, photography, and much more. Whatever your focus will be, you’ll be part of a cause-driven organisation that is doing important development work. You’ll also have the privilege to spend some time in an exciting location, as our internships are based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Kruger National Park. All destinations offer their own unique benefits, and you’ll have a chance to do some amazing exploring during your time off.

Our internships in South Africa offer meaningful work experience in stunning locations! Have a browse through our South African internships below, or get in touch if you have any questions.

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Animal Charity Communications Internship

NEW

Animal Charity Communications Internship

Min. 8 weeks

Remote

Communications, Writing, Fundraising,  Research

Help a new charity improve the lives of stray dogs and cats in Southern Africa

Gender Equality Internship Cape Town

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Gender Equality Internship, Cape Town

Min. 8 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Research, Communications, Fundraising, Program Development

Help develop structures to support victims, research gender based violence, and assist with digital marketing.

NGO Event Coordination Internship Cape Town

Open for applications

NGO Event Coordination Internship

May-July 2021

Cape Town, South Africa

Event coordination, planning, logistics, budgeting

Use your event management and planning skills to help organize an environmental action summit.

SEO Content Writing Internship in tourism

Open for applications

SEO Content Writing Internship in Tourism

Min. 6 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Creative writing, SEO, Social Media, Blogging

Sharpen your writing skills and learn to write content that is creative and optimized for search engines.

Environmental volunteer program

Applications open for 2021!

Environmental Volunteer Program

27 June - 4 July 2021 (1 week)

Garden Route, South Africa

Sustainable development, Eco-building, Landscape restoration

A unique event that allows you to plant trees, learn about eco-issues, and enjoy a forest setting.

Conservation and Photography Internship

Applications open for 2021

Conservation and Photography Internship in South Africa

8 weeks

Greater Kruger, South Africa

Photography, Conservation

Photograph lions, leopards, elephants, and many more animals, while sharpening your skills.

Humanitarian Photography Project

Applications open for 2021

Humanitarian Photography Project, Cape Town

2-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Humanitarian Photography

Use your photography skills to make an impact during this unique volunteer program.

Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Marketing Internship at Photography Organization, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital Marketing, SEO, Marketing Research

Bring your analytical and research skills to this varied internship with a social enterprise.

Remote Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Remote Business Development Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Marketing, Research, Strategy

Working online, help develop a pro bono program for nonprofits by a digital marketing agency.

Remote Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Remote Digital Marketing Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Remote

Marketing, Fundraising, Brand development

From the comfort of your own home, gain work experience in marketing and communications.

Urban greening internship

Open for 2021 applications

Urban Greening Internship At Environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Facilitation, Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education, Tree planting

Gain field experience as part of projects that provide greening and eco-education in townships.

Content Writing Internship

Open for applications

Content Writing Internship at Photography Organisation, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Creative Writing, SEO, Social Media, Strategy, Blogging

Improve your creative writing skills, learn about SEO, and build a varied writing portfolio.

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Tourism Marketing and Business Development Internship

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa OR Remote

Strategy, Market research, Marketing campaigns

Gain a thorough insight into the tourism industry and gain strategic development experience.

Communications Internship

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Communications Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Writing

Join our team at Roots and assist with managing and developing our communications channels.

NGO Management and Organic Farming Internship

Applications open for 2021

NGO Management and Organic Farming Internship

8-26 weeks

Riebeek, South Africa

Organic farming, Permaculture, Programme Assistance

Be part of a charity that promotes organic agriculture in rural South African communities.

Event Management Internship

Applications open for 2021

Event Management Internship in South Africa

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Event management, Coordination

Bring your coordination skills to a nonprofit that installs libraries in township schools.

Nonprofit communications and marketing internship

Open for applications

Non Profit Communications and Marketing Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Marketing, Communications, PR

Help spread the message of an inspiring charity that builds libraries at schools in township areas.

Fundraising Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising Internship at a Library Non Profit

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Fundraising, Grant proposal writing

Gain practical work experience by helping drive a number of creative fundraising initiatives.

Psychology Internship

Applications open for 2021

Psychology Internship in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Psychology, Social Work

Assist with a variety of counseling sessions and shadow qualified professionals in the field.

NGO Management Internship

Open for applications

NGO Management Internship in Johannesburg

8-26 weeks

Johannesburg, South Africa

Grant writing, fundraising, marketing, operations

Help with the overall management and development of this skill development charity.

Communications and Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Communications and Digital Media Internship in Johannesburg

8-26 weeks

Johannesburg, South Africa

Communications, writing, social media

Bring your communications skills to an NGO that provides valuable skill development to prisoners.

Photography internship

Open for applications

Media and Design Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Graphic design, photography, videography

Design flyers, certificates, poster, and other graphics for an environmental NGO.

Digital Marketing Internship

Open for applications

Digital Marketing Internship at NGO in Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, marketing

Gain a wealth of marketing experience while contributing to environmental programs.

creative writing internship

Open for applications

Creative Writing Internship at environmental NGO

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Digital marketing, creative writing

Sharpen your writing skills and build a portfolio while being part of a green cause.

Fundraising and Business Development Internship

Open for applications

Fundraising and Business Development Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, fundraising, strategy & nonprofit mangement

Learn about strategic development in a nonprofit context and assist with fundraising activities.

UH-Food Security Internship

Applications open for 2021

Food Security and Urban Farming Internship

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Food security, urban farming, education

Help develop and manage food gardens and host eco-workshops at schools in townships.

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship

Applications open for 2021

Advocacy and Human Rights Internship with NGO

20-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Human rights, refugee law and migration issues

Gain valuable legal experience while offering refugees in Cape Town support and advice.

Communications Internship

Open for applications

Communications Internship with NGO

12-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, social media, digital marketing, writing

Manage and develop communication channels for a refugee-focused nonprofit.

Female Empowerment Internship

Open for applications

Female Empowerment Internship with NGO

16-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Business development, communication, coordination

Gain work experience while supporting female refugees through skill development workshops.

MB_Digital Marketing and Sales Internship

Applications open for 2021

Non profit Internship in Cape Town: Digital Marketing and Sales

8-26 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Communications, Marketing, Sales, Operations, Fundraising

Be part of a creative charity that offers skill development to women in townships.

Communications and Fundraising NGO Internship_feature

Open for applications

Communications and Fundraising Internship at Film Making NGO, Cape Town

8-12 weeks

Cape Town, South Africa

Social Media, Writing, Fundraising, Events

Bring your communications skills to this varied internship with a film-focused charity.

Nonprofit management internship

Applications open for 2021

Nonprofit Management Internship at social nonprofit

8-52 weeks

South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia

Marketing, Fundraising, Facilitation, Monitoring, NGO Management

Get a thorough insight into the nonprofit sector during this varied and hands-on internship.

Climate Change Academic Program

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Climate Change Academic Program

Fully customisable

Cape Town (South Africa), Livingstone (Zambia)

Climate change, Sustainability, Eco education

Customizable academic program exploring environmental issues in an African context.

Academic Photography Program

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Academic Photography Program

Fully customisable

Cape Town, South Africa

The role of photography in social development & nonprofit photography

Exciting faculty-led program in Africa exploring the role of photography in social development.

Internships in South Africa

Internships in Kruger National Park

If you’d like your internship abroad to be a wild adventure, it doesn’t get much better than Kruger National Park. This world-famous national park offers nearly 20,000 square kilometers (roughly the size of Belgium!) of stunning African bush. Excitingly, Kruger and its surrounding game reserves offer incredible encounters with African wildlife, including the Big Five; lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. But there’s also an impressive range of smaller mammals, birds, and reptiles. There’s a good reason why Kruger is one of the most popular safari destinations in the world.

In this incredible setting, we offer wildlife conservation and wildlife photography internships. These offer the unique opportunity of living in the African bush, surrounded by impressive vistas and wildlife, while having a valuable work experience. On top of this, these wildlife internships in Kruger offer a chance to contribute to important conservation programs.

internships in South Africa

Our Cape Town internships offer a wide range of work experiences, but also a phenomenal setting. Framed between oceans and mountains, Cape Town is surrounded by incredible natural beauty. It’s also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife.

From a work perspective, Cape Town is an exciting place. It has a uniquely innovative culture of entrepreneurship, and an inspiring amount of nonprofit organisations. This is where social impact programs, humanitarian work, strong environmentalism, and forward-thinking business ideas come together to form an energetic environment that is both motivating and contagious.

On top of this, living here is dynamic and interesting, and as an intern in Cape Town, weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities. You can, for instance, venture to the top of Table Mountain, visit the historic Robben Island, drive to the iconic Cape Point National Park, or hang out on some of the many beaches. If you’re into food and design, you can also choose to visit some of the trendy markets for some culinary treats and locally designed goods. And you’re not likely to have to do any of this on your own; Cape Town is filled with international interns, so you’ll be surrounded by like minded souls who’ll be keen to explore their surroundings.

Our internships in Cape Town are hugely varied. We have over 30 different internship programs available – all with NGOs, but with a wide range of focus areas. You can join an urban greening project, a photography-focused charity, a nonprofit that creates libraries in townships, or a refugee support program. You can focus on human rights, fundraising, creative writing, business development, NGO management – and much more. We’ll be excited to welcome you to one of these nonprofit internship programs in Cape Town!

Browse all our internships in Cape Town

internships in Johannesburg

Internships in Johannesburg

Joburg, or Jozi as it’s often called, is the second largest city in Africa. It’s a unique place that offers an interesting cultural diversity, an entrepreneurial and innovative business scene, and a metropolitan lifestyle. It’s also home to a large number of nonprofit initiatives.

During weekends, there are plenty of things to explore in this city, like Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, and the Cradle of Mankind. And from Johannesburg, it’s easy to start exploring the rest of South Africa. How about a few days at the famous Kruger National Park to spot the Big Five, for instance?

We are happy to offer various nonprofit internships in Johannesburg. All internships are with charities that are adding valuable contributions towards community development or local and green economies. These nonprofit internships are available in different academic areas, so there always is something to suit your skills and academic interest.

FAQs ON INTERNSHIPS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Is it safe to do an internship in South Africa?

Yes! As long as you’re aware of your surroundings, educate yourself on recommended precautions, and use good common sense. Like in many countries, there’s a need to be vigilant when you’re in South Africa. But this is where we come in; we’ll make sure to find you secure and comfortable accommodation, we’ll prepare you for your stay, and we’ll make sure you have all the information you need for a safe experience during your internship.

What type of internships can I do in South Africa?

There’s a great variety of internships available in South Africa! We work in various parts of the country, and with many different partner organisations, which means we can offer internships with a wide range of focus areas. These include programs focused on environmental issues, human rights, food security, women’s empowerment, wildlife conservation, community development, education, and animal welfare. As an intern, you can support these nonprofit organisations by working on communications, marketing, fundraising, project management, event planning, business development, creative writing – and other areas. Like we said, a broad range of opportunities! If you’re not sure which internship in South Africa suits you best, just get in touch, and we’ll help you find the right program.

What are the living costs in South Africa?

It depends, of course, on where you’ll be staying, and what your lifestyle is. But in general living costs in South Africa are slightly lower than those in Europe or North America. While rent can be fairly pricey, daily costs like eating out and grocery shopping are relatively cheap.

When should I start planning my internship in South Africa?

Do plan ahead if you can! It’s good to give yourself enough time to find the right internship, plan your travels, apply for your visa, and get fully organised, and we would recommend starting the process at least 6 months ahead of time. However, we’re always happy to find you something last minute, if needed!

How do I apply for an internship in South Africa?

If you’re keen to join us in South Africa for an internship, here’s what to do. First of all, browse through our nonprofit internship programs to find the internship opportunities that suit you best. (If you’re not sure, don’t worry! We’ll help you on the way. Just give us a shout and we can give you a call.) You can apply for your internship of choice online, but filling out the application form. We’ll then get back to you within a couple of days and we’ll schedule an online interview. This will give us a chance to find out more about your goals, and it will allow you to ask any questions you may have. If it’s a good match, we’ll put your application forward to your host organisation.