Engineering Internship Programmes

Spend time with one of South Africa’s leading engineering firms and gain valuable hands on experience in civil, mechanical, telecommunications, industrial, energy, chemical or electrical engineering. Our engineering internships provide you with the opportunity to apply your classroom taught knowledge to real life situations whilst building a professional portfolio of work.

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The best Engineering Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best engineering internships in Cape Town? We think so. We pride ourselves on delivering customised internship placements and on the ground support that offer life-changing, valuable professional experiences.

We collaborate with some of the leading engineering firms in South Africa, and can facilitate opportunities in a number of areas: civil, mechanical, industrial, chemical or electrical engineering.

Our internship programme enables you to gain valuable on the job experience, build up professional work samples for your CV, explore your personal interests and strengths and gain an understanding of your industry in an international setting.

Completing an engineering internship with Bridging Gaps will also help narrow your focus and advise you about the context of your career, which is important in such a broad field.

Read on for a full overview of the best engineering internships in Africa.

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Engineering Internship Programme Overview

Here's what you can expect from the programme in a nutshell!

Engineering Internship Key Skills:

  • Technical knowledge
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer modelling
  • Communication
  • Organisation

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Gain practical work experience in a professional environment.
  • Enhance your CV with impressive international experience.
  • Apply your classroom taught knowledge to real life situations.
  • Build up professional samples of work to add to your CV.
  • Work in one of South Africa’s leading engineering firms.
  • Learn from knowledgeable and experienced professionals in your field.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Either currently studying or have been accepted to study a field of engineering at university.
  • Creative thinker

Programme highlights:

  • Gain professional work experience in one of South Africa’s leading engineering firms.
  • Add impressive industry related skills to your CV and stand out from the crowd in future job interviews.
  • Work alongside highly accomplished professionals in your field.
  • Explore your passions and strengths and make more informed career decisions.
  • Have an unforgettable experience of a life time!

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa

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Skills you'll hone through your Engineering internship

Of course, the list is much longer - but these are the skills our intern alumni reported back that they grew in the most!

Creative thinking
Teamwork
Attention to detail
Analytical skills
Communication
Organization skills
Computer modelling
IT and technical skills

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Engineering internship programme reviews & ratings

We managed to grab some detailed interviews from previous interns on this programme, you can click on them below.

I think how quickly and easy it was to get the internship. I was very busy and stressed with exams, and all I had to do was send over 3 documents and Lucie just took it from there! And another best feature is the amount of contact and support you have here, The weekly whatsapp messages just checking in to see how I was doing, and that kind of support you give the interns. I know it’s in your company values and you really follow them!
Chloe Leger
Post Graduate
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A hypothetical Engineering Internship Programme

What might your programme in this career field look like? Here's how it has typically shaped up for our alumni!

Week One

Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.

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Week Two

Get stuck into your engineering internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.

Week Three

Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.

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Week Four

Pick up more responsibility in your internship as you prove your capability. Enjoy regular activities in Cape Town outside of work. Come to another social!

Week Five

Now you're flying (metaphorically) at work, you'll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!

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Week Six

Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.

Week Seven

Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).

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Week Eight

Putting the finishing touches to your internship and gathering feedback from us and your internship provider for use in your academic / career portfolio. Finalise paperwork for university (if needed)

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Why others apply for Engineering internship programmes

Here's what others said when they applied. Some of these people came just for this career area, some mixed it with other career fields too...

Lawrie
United Kingdom
By getting involved with Bridging Gaps I hope mainly to give myself a company or area of study to really focus on and gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings. University work has left me slightly wanting in terms of applying my knowledge to meaningful scenarios with real consequence, it feels as though I am just learning theories and how to pass exams.
Nicholas
United Kingdom
Experience in the engineering industry and hopefully a good knowledge of what career path to take once I've completed my degree. I hope to apply my engineering knowledge into real world projects and hone in on my skills as an engineer
Carlos
United Kingdom
I have a background in Mechanical Engineering and a MEng in HVAC, electrical facilities in building and energy efficiency. I also concluded an international course about renewable energy and hydrogen technology in Germany as Erasmus student. Currently I am working on my final dissertation for my MSc Environmental Sustainability at Edinburgh Napier University. I am looking for an opportunity to gain experience in the engineering and sustainability field. I am open to work in any position that allows me to acquire more work experience related to my studies, and being able to put that knowledge into practice.
Mergan
United Kingdom
l hope to gain experience in planning projects from start to finish, working alongside product managers in creating new products, data analysis and report writing. I am excited about this opportunity as it will aid in cultivating my learning and experience which lead to more opportunities in the future. l also hope to improve and gain high levels of communication, interpersonal, time management and teamwork skills.
Erin
United States
I hope to use my traits of compassion and empathy to help care for our world, its animals, and its inhabitants. I believe that every organism on this planet deserves to have the same quality of life as every one of us. With this is mind, I hope to gain a stronger connection with my world and the other organisms that share the same planet as I do, so that one day I can use these newly learned skills and knowledge to make an even larger difference.
Tesfit
United Kingdom
Throughout my university time I have gained all the theoretical and practical engineering skill that needed for me to challange the real life, now I want to use those skills in a real life challenge to change the world we live in. From this engineering programme I am hoping to use the skills I have with other people to make something that change people's life and develop my personal skills such as collaboration and team working.
Abdallah
United States
Seeking to work in the energy industry to help improve production efficiency while lowering negative impacts on the environment
Ahmed
United Kingdom
I hope to gain valuable work experience in my field of study to complement my bachelors and masters degrees.
Kashaan
United Kingdom
As I enjoy working as part of a team and discussing ideas. Teamwork-oriented tasks is something I’d like to experience more that encourages me take initiatives together. Work environments where trust and team work are keys to success is something I have previously been a part of and enjoyed which I wish to explore in another environment other than university now. I am very self-motivated so I am interested in working in an atmosphere where I can continuously learn new things and improve my skills to become a more successful engineer. Also an environment and support system that allows me to grow my position and gives me learning opportunities.
Onyedikachi
United Kingdom
As a postgraduate student of chemical engineering, I wish to be exposed to real world practices of the theories which I have been taught during the course of studies. I wish to participate in the real life applications of theories and further harness my skills as a young graduate engineer to thread on the right path in my career.
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Engineering internship programme features

What makes our internship programmes a worthwhile investment? Here's a swift overview of what you can expect!

Choice of two programmes

We have two primary programmes to suit your needs. In some instances we also offer virtual placements.

Unlimited duration as standard

You can come for as long as you need without paying any extra fees.You'll receive the same level of support.

Backed by concrete promises

We are 100% on your side. We guarantee every aspect of your trip with unrivalled promises.

Career
Focus

Need to focus on a precise niche or two? No problem! Your programme can focus on your specialist areas.

Immersive cultural experience

We'll help you engage with the culture and personal benefits of being in a foreign country.

Virtual placements

Save on travel and accommodation costs, pay a far lower fee. All while building your professional network.

Academia friendly

We will handle all aspects of academic accreditation, including direct liaison with your tutors and academic staff.

Future career friendly

We will write full reference letters for your placement(s) to optimise future employers' first impression of you.

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Current Engineering Job Openings

Here are some current or recent internship job opportunities in this career area. We do not publish all openings - so please contact us to hear about others.

Chemical Engineering Research and Development Assistant: Waste Management

Completed or currently studying a chemical engineering or related course and BSc or higher level. Strong research and analysis skills. Good written and verbal communication skills.

The Organisation: One of Cape Town's leading waste management research and consultancy companies which offers a comprehensive range of products and services within industries including; oil & gas, pharmaceutical & medical, mining, food & beverage and power generation.
Keywords: Chemical engineering, Research, Waste management, Product development, Internship

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A straightforward process

We have worked very hard to streamline our process to make your experience easy, fun and highly rewarding personally and professionally. Flick through the steps below, or read about our process in more detail.

Introduce yourself to our friendly team

Getting your dream internship all starts with you saying hello! Just pop your details into our enquiry form and we'll reach out to schedule a conversation with you that we call a 'discovery call'.

Ask questions & learn how we can help

In your discovery call, you can ask us any questions you still have. We'll talk about your options in the career fields you've told us you're interested in to help you imagine your placement and decide if our service is right for you.

Complete your programme application

If everything sounds good to you, complete your application to put into words your dream programme. This forms the basis of the 'design' of your customised placement and will be the primary framework against which we validate potentially suitable opportunities.

We'll source you the best opportunities

We maintain a large and varied network of the best organisations in Cape Town. We will identify the best potential fits for your programme goals and preferences and reach out on your behalf to assess those organisations for suitability (learn about their current projects and initiatives).

Prepare and plan for your experience

Once you've confirmed which placement offer you prefer, we'll start helping you plan the rest of your trip. We'll book your accommodation, help with your travel arrangements and provide extensive advice and information on how to get ready for your time in Cape Town. Your Bridging Gaps mentor will be on hand to make sure you're fully prepared for your placement.

Maximise your experience & learning

Finally, every member of our team will move mountains to make sure you get what you came for and MORE! It's essential to us that you're safe, you're learning and growing in confidence and developing the most important skills for your future career.

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Engineering internship programme cost

Our programme fees are shown below, for a full description of our service offering please click to view the programme or a side-to-side comparison.

Bootstrap

£
995
one-off, fixed

Bespoke programme

Backed by 4
concrete promises

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Concierge

£
1495
one-off, fixed

Comprehensive support

Visa & travel assist

Accommodation assistance

Social events & excursions

... and lots more

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Virtual

£
395
one-off, fixed

Tailored Search

Ongoing support
& mentoring

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