Finance & Banking Internship Programmes

Gain valuable and practical work experience in a financial service provider that has been handpicked for you based on your personal and professional goals. Our finance and banking internships in Cape Town enable you to try your hand at a number of different finance roles whilst developing industry specific skills and applying your theoretical knowledge in a corporate environment.

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The best Finance & Banking Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best finance and banking 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.

Our finance internships provide you with the chance to gain valuable, professional work experience in some of Cape Town’s leading financial service providers.  Venture into a sector that suits your study or career path - be it investment banking, commercial banking, financial planning, insurance, corporate finance, credit reporting, financial analysis, or accounting.

Throughout the program, you will develop new skills, giving you a better idea of communicating with clients. What’s more, you will have the opportunity to create an international network of contacts. You will also gain an insight into the operations of a financial services firm while applying your theoretical knowledge in a corporate environment.

Read on for a full overview of the best banking and finance internships in Africa.

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Finance & Banking Internship Programme Overview

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

Finance & Banking Internship Key Skills:

  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Financial reporting
  • Analytical
  • Problem solving
  • Technical and IT
  • Commercial acumen
  • Industry awareness

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Explore your interests, strengths and weaknesses and make more informed decisions about your career.
  • Put your classroom based knowledge into practise and see how your classroom learnt theories relate to the real world.
  • Try your hand at a number of finance based roles.
  • Build a professional network of contacts.
  • Boost your CV and impress future employers.
  • Gain professional work, experienced in a fast paced and challenging environment.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Good general understanding of maths and economics.
  • A strong interest in financial trends

Programme highlights:

  • Complete an enriching internship at a leading financial service provider in Cape Town.
  • Establish an international network of contacts to boost your credentials.
  • Broaden your horizons and progress towards your career goals.
  • Work in a fast-paced professional environment.
  • Gain valuable, on-the-job training in a real work setting.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 2 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa

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Skills you'll hone through your Finance & Banking internship

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

Analytical skills
Communication
Problem Solving
Financial reporting
Commercial acumen
Industry awareness
IT and technical skills

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Finance & Banking 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 your service was really good! At first, I was a little concerned about the fees and was questioning what I was paying for. But, now I see just how valuable the service is that you provide.
Mathuzanth Goneswaramoorthy
Undergraduate
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A hypothetical Finance & Banking 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 finance and banking 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 Finance & Banking 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...

Mohammadali
Lebanon
I hope to improve my experience and gain skills given my knowledge in this field. I hope to be able to make a firm start for my career after doing this internship.
Robert
United States
My career goal is to launch an ethical ESG (environmental, social, and governance) emerging market investment firm to generate profits for investors and foster sustainable growth and prosperity in developing countries. I have a wealth of finance experience (MS in Finance from Vanderbilt University, 5+ years of front office investment banking experience, and am a CFA, etc.), but do have sustainability experience. This year, I will be going back for my 2-year full-time MBA at Northwestern University, where I will study impact investing and sustainability. Before entering school, I would like to complete a pre-MBA summer internship in impact investing or sustainability (preferably in Africa), so I can acquire a background in these areas before studying and pursuing professional opportunities in the them.
Mahdi
Lebanon
I hope to gain some experience and to know more about the business and economic field
Mohammad
Lebanon
I hope to start my path in building my career
Raemen
United States
I am in the process of applying for internships and I came across Bridging Gaps in Cape Town. It struck out to me due to its vast inclusivity of all subjects which caters to a huge variety of students. Being a Biology as well as Economics major, my main goal is to be able to gain an all rounded experience of finance as well as Biology and apply my mixed knowledge in whatever job I undertake in the future.
Lian
United Kingdom
The internship program is an excellent opportunity for me to receive a proper insight in banking and finance. The different scenarios and variety of work will expand my skillset and also allow me to apply my skills to various different tasks. I see this as an amazing learning opportunity that will play an invaluable role in my future career path. Furthermore, I look forward to working in a team environment and making new friends.
Joseph
United Kingdom
I hope to gain experience in the fields of finance and business in order to secure a place in a business school in 2022. I also want to learn more about South Africa and discover sub-saharan Africa.
Nomfazwe
United Kingdom
I hope to attain work experience at a reputable institution that will be a launching pad for my career as an international trade lawyer
Nomfazwe
United Kingdom
I hope to attain work experience at a reputable institution that will be a launching pad for my career as an international trade lawyer
Delani
Cyprus
I hope to gain knowledge on how financial institutions work in South Africa as a banking and finance student.
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Finance & Banking 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 Finance & Banking 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.

Junior Trainee Accountant

Excellent organization. Attention to detail and analytical acumen. Intrinsic motivation and strong work ethic. Currently studying or completed degree in accounting, finance or relevant field is beneficial but not required.

The Organisation: An auditing and accounting practice which offers extensive expertise and personalized services to local businesses.
Keywords: Accountant, Finance, Account management, Financial reporting Internship
Wealth Management Assistant

Currently studying or completed a degree in business, economics, finance, management or a maths based subject Good interpersonal skills Strong analytical ability A logical thinker

The Organisation: One of Cape Town's leading wealth management companies offering services in; investment planning, pensions, risk planning, international investment, estate planning, tax planning and international banking.
Keywords: Finance, Wealth Management, Risk assessment, Client Management, 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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Finance & Banking 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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Finance & Banking Internship Programmes FAQs

We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.

Do I need experience in finance or banking in order to do this internship?

Not necessarily no.  A lot of the large, international banks and financial service providers we work with do require their interns to have some relevant work experience or to be currently studying economics or finance however, we also collaborate with some smaller firms that are happy to take on interns with no experience at all.

What type of work will I be involved in during my finance internship?

This depends on your internship organisation and your existing experience.  Some of the tasks you could be involved in as banking or finance intern include; bookkeeping, auditing, cash flow management, investor management, accounting, budgeting and forecasting, market analysis, preparing financial statements, hedging, insurance, corporate banking, investment banking and loan management.

Is there a minimum time for a banking and finance Internship?

Yes, we provide 2+ week internships and there is no maximum.  However, some of the companies we collaborate with only accept interns who can commit to at least 4 weeks so, the longer you can stay, the better!

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