Internships in Cape Town

Cape Town tops many travel destination lists. For seven years in a row, it was voted the ‘best city in the world’ by readers of the Telegraph – and the city gets plenty more praise like this. And this is for good reason – Cape Town is a delight of a place. It’s uniquely versatile in its appeal; it has incredible natural beauty, a multicultural and cosmopolitan vibe, phenomenal surroundings, and a killer of a culinary scene. It’s also home to a wildly creative and innovative culture, which has created an inspiring environment.

It is in this setting that we offer you an opportunity to do an internship. All our internships in Cape Town are with nonprofit organisations – small but dedicated groups of people doing important social impact, environmental, or animal welfare work. As an intern, you’ll have a rewarding work experience – and the chance to live and work in this incredible setting for a while.

Find out more about Cape Town as an internship destination.

Or browse through all our internships in Cape Town below.

Animal Charity Communications Internship

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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NATURAL BEAUTY

Cape Town’s natural setting is nothing short of spectacular. It’s framed by the imposing Table Mountain on one side, and a stunning coastline on the other; the views are pretty phenomenal, wherever you are in the city. Venturing onto the top of Table Mountain, and taking in the far-stretching view, is a must, and for the more adventurous, it’s also an option to hike up and down. And at the back of the mountain you’ll find Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a stunning park that offers great walks, views, and picnic spots. The many stunning beaches offer a place to relax, enjoy sunsets, or surf.

Once you venture just outside of the city, nature doesn’t disappoint either. There’s several national parks that offer good hikes – or game drives, like Cape Point National Park, where you might come across zebras, ostriches, or different types of antelope. And then there’s the winelands; a collection of wonderful vineyards on rolling hills around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Just a short drive from Cape Town, this area allows you to taste wine, enjoy great food, and explore charming towns with historic interest. A real treat of a day out!

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URBAN EDGE

But Cape Town has much more to offer than its natural setting – it’s also a city with an exciting urban edge. One of the results of Cape Town’s turbulent history is its multicultural character. It’s a colorful hub of different traditions and stories, with an added layer of cosmopolitanism. There’s also a thriving creative scene, with edgy architecture, art, and interior design being a common thread across the city.

FAQs ON INTERNSHIPS IN SOUTH AFRICA

What type of internships can I do in Cape Town?

We offer a great variety of different internships in Cape Town. We have over 30 different internships with nonprofit organisations focused on urban greening, female empowerment, education, humanitarian photography, film making, refugee support, and social work. As an intern, you’ll have a focus that aligns with your academic background and interest, and the options include communications, fundraising, business development, project management, digital marketing, creative writing, photography and counseling. We also offer research internships, which are always customized. If you’re not sure which program suits you best, give us a shout, and we can help you find the best match.

What are the living expenses?

You can expect most things to cost a bit less than in Europe or North America, especially activities like eating out. But property is in demand, so rent isn’t cheap. If you’d like specific prices of things, let us know, and we’ll give you more detailed information.

What kind of accommodation can I expect?

We can offer you accommodation in shared apartments that are centrally located and in safe areas. You’ll be walking distance from shops, restaurants, and often from your office as well. You’ll share an apartment with other travelers – mostly interns – from around the world, so you won’t be short of companionship.

Is it safe to intern in Cape Town?

Yes, you can safely live in Cape Town. As in many places, there is crime, but as long as you stick to basic rules, you’ll have nothing to worry about. We’ll make sure to give you the information you need on staying safe, and we’ll set you up in a secure accommodation.

Why should I do a nonprofit internship in Cape Town?

Cape Town has a diverse and inspiring nonprofit sector; mostly small- to medium-sized organisations that are addressing issues related to food security, access to education, skill development, gender equality, animal welfare, and the environment. As an intern, you can be part of realising the vision of one of these nonprofits, which is an enriching experience on both a personal and professional level.

Will I have time off?

Absolutely! You’ll have weekends off, and generally, you’ll also be able to take some extra days off if you’d like to go on some trips to explore the city’s surroundings.

What type of weekend activities and trips are available?

As an intern in Cape Town, you’ll have a wealth of great activities to choose from during your days off. You can venture onto Table Mountain to enjoy the incredible views, drive or hike onto Lion’s Peak to watch the sunset, or explore the local flora and fauna in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. In summer, it will be hard to stay away from the stunning beaches you’re surrounded by, a highlight of which is perhaps Boulder’s Beach, where a colony of penguins will be your company. And if you’re into surfing – or if you’re keen to learn, there’s plenty of waves to catch.

There’s plenty of options in the city itself, too, though. You might explore some of the many local markets, enjoy the rich culinary delights (Cape Town has some of the continent’s best restaurants), or visit the local museums. And when you have a bit more time, you might venture out to the winelands for a wine tasting trip, drive to the Cape of Good Hope, or take a road trip down the Garden Route.

Do I need a visa to intern in Cape Town?

Yes, you’ll need to apply for a South African visa. It should be a straightforward process and we’ll be here to assist you!