Hospitality Internship Programmes

Intern at a dynamic and vibrant company in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world! Our hospitality and tourism internships allow you to discover where your passions and strengths lie whilst gaining exciting hands on work experience in an establishment of your choice. We collaborate with backpackers, hotels, guest houses, travel companies and tour operators in the incredible city of Cape Town.

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The best Hospitality Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best hospitality 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.


Receiving many tourism accolades and being world renowned as a pocket friendly travel destination, it is no surprise that Cape Town boasts a wide range of exciting and appealing hospitality internships. We collaborate with a large number of backpackers, hotels, guest houses, restaurants and wine estates that offer opportunities in hospitality and customer service management. 


Our hospitality internships provide you with the opportunity to work in a welcoming environment that attracts people from all over the world, whilst gaining important skills to help you advance your career.  As an intern in this field you will gain insight into operations, customer service, hospitality management and more. 


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



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Hospitality Internship Programme Overview

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


Hospitality Internship Key Skills:

  • Customer service
  • Cultural awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Teamwork
  • Time management and organisational
  • Communication and interpersonal
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Technical


Academic & Career Benefits

  • Gain a deeper understanding of your theoretical knowledge through the application of practical skills.
  • Build a professional network of contacts and gain references for your future career.
  • Develop a better understanding of what a career in hospitality is really like and make more informed career decisions.
  • Build your cultural awareness and learn how to successfully navigate an international work environment.
  • Boost your soft skills through real-world industry experience.
  • Gain academic credit to go towards your degree.



Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Some previous experience in customer service would be beneficial.
  • Friendly and confident when meeting new people.


Programme highlights:

  • Explore and enjoy the beautiful, dynamic and culturally rich city of Cape Town.
  • Work in one of Cape Town’s leading hotels or travel companies and learn from experienced mentors.
  • Work in a dynamic, fast paced and fun environment.
  • Broaden your horizons and add to your CV.
  • Have an incredibly rewarding experience helping people from all over the world. 

 

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 Hospitality internship

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

Customer service
Cultural awareness
Time management
Management
Operations
Interpersonal comms
Social networking

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Hospitality internship programme reviews & ratings

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

The city is very diverse! There are certain parts of the city that are so different from each other. There are some parts where I feel like I’m in England and then there are other parts where I feel like I’m actually in Africa. Then some streets feel very American, it's so different. I love it, there are so many things to see!
Alina Freund
Post Graduate
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A hypothetical Hospitality 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 hospitality 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 Hospitality 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...

Nolan
United States
I have just finished my Associates in Science. I am looking to gain some real life experience in the environmental science field.
Anna
United States
I hope this programme will broaden my perspective and I will look at the world in a different way.
Angellah
Mauritius
I hope to gain real work experience and how it really is like to work with a team of people for a greater cause. I hope to contribute immensely to the organization I am working for and leave a lasting impression.
Arasee
Mauritius
I want to gain experience in the Tourism Industry and develop my skills.
Kaylene
Sweden
I want to complete my 18 months hospitality internship, to get graduate as a profesional chef.
Dat
Vietnam
I want to do a program so that I can more experience in the field.
Glendour
United States
I hope to gain a lot of experience in the hospitality industry.
Mason
United States
I spent 13 days in the beautiful country of South Africa back in 2017, ever since I have wanted to go back. The people were welcoming, the culture was amazing, and the history was deep. I would hope to immerse myself in the culture and learn more about the hospitality industry within the country.
Patrick
Lebanon
In May 2020, I'll be completing my second year at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and my plan is to major in finance. I have a strong interest in business and management issues with a specific interest in the area of finance. Through the internship type of experience, I hope to further develop my professional background in preparation for a position in the Finance field after graduating from college.
Caroline
United States
I hope to gain experience in the hospitality industry, while learning and living in a new culture!
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Hospitality 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 Hospitality 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.

Reservation, Events and Travel Agent Assistant

Highly organised Fluent and English. A basic level of additional languages would be beneficial Confident telephone manner Ability to work well under pressure Previous experience in customer service would be beneficial

The Organisation: A popular youth backpacking lodge that provides high-quality accommodation and meaningful travel experiences.
Keywords: Tourism, Travel, Internship
Guest Relationship and Operations Assistant- Trendy Cape Town Boutique Hotel

Proficiency in English; knowledge of other languages is also beneficial Excellent communication skills Strong work ethic and ability to be flexible Currently studying or interested in the fields of hospitality management, customer service, tourism, business administration, etc would be beneficial

The Organisation: A trendy and lively boutique hotel in the Cape Town City Bowl who provides outstanding accommodation and unique experiences for local and international guests.
Keywords: Hospitality, Customer service, Hotel operations, Management, Internship
Tour Operations and Development Assistant

No previous experience in the tourism industry is required, however, an appreciation and passion for culture and food is essential. Applicants should be friendly, approachable and willing to learn on the go.

The Organisation: A tours company focused on giving visitors a memorable and educational experience through bespoke itineraries.
Keywords: Tourism, Operations, Tour design, Tourism sales, Internship
Guest Relationship and Operations Assistant- Trendy Cape Town Boutique Hotel

Proficiency in English; knowledge of other languages is also beneficial Excellent communication skills Strong work ethic and ability to be flexible Currently studying or interested in the fields of hospitality management, customer service, tourism, business administration, etc would be beneficial

The Organisation: A trendy and lively boutique hotel in the Cape Town City Bowl who provides outstanding accommodation and unique experiences for local and international guests.
Keywords: Hospitality, Tourism, Client management, Operations, 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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Hospitality 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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