Take a big step towards a successful career with the help of Bridging Gaps. We offer internships in ecology, botany, environmental research and protection, wildlife fieldwork, and medical research. Our Biology internships are the perfect opportunity for you to test out your career field and discover your passions and strengths.ENQUIRE NOW
We think so. We pride ourselves on delivering customised internship placements and on the ground support that offer life-changing, valuable professional experiences.
Take a big step towards a successful career with the help of Bridging Gaps. We facilitate tailored professional internships in Cape Town, where you will combine interning with a lifetime adventure!
Are you leaning towards the study of living organisms? Our internship in biology is an ideal platform for practical application of everything you have learned in the classroom. While acquiring work experience within various areas of specializations, you will build up your strengths. In turn, you will learn to make more informed decisions concerning your career.
What is your area of specialization? We offer internships in ecology, botany, environmental research and protection, wildlife fieldwork, and medical research. All of these allow you to build credentials that demonstrate to future employers that your understanding of biology is well rounded and cross cultural.
Read on for a full overview of the best biology internships in Africa.
Here's what you can expect from the programme in a nutshell!
Of course, the list is much longer - but these are the skills our intern alumni reported back that they grew in the most!
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We managed to grab some detailed interviews from previous interns on this programme, you can click on them below.
I wanted something different and adventurous. When I looked up what Cape Town had to offer, like the beaches, mountains and all sorts of very touristy things to do, I thought that getting to do my internship in a city like that sounded like a dream!
What might your programme in this career field look like? Here's how it has typically shaped up for our alumni!
Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.
Get stuck into your Biology internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.
Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.
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!
Now you're flying (metaphorically) at work, you'll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!
Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.
Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).
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)
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...
I hope to gain more experience in plant science at a higher educational level (for example a university). I am really interested in how plants grow and how they are cultured, especially tropical (production) plants. I also consider a job in plant breeding. I would prefer to work with plants in the lab/climatecells/outdoors and besides that to gain some computer related skills for example bioinformatics. I am also interested in international trade, but my major is applied biology, so I have no experience with this. And of course it would be nice to have nice colleagues to work together with :)
I hope to gain the application of a scientific method to the investigation of a criminal investigation of which the result can be presented in a court case to support the prosecution or defence in a criminal trial
I hope to gain expertise in field of biology and wildlife conservation. I strive to end up working in one of these fields.
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.
I hope to enroll in medical research internship program. I have interest in human anatomy, physiology and pharmacology and I hope to expand my skills and knowledge in this field.
I have just finished my Associates in Science. I am looking to gain some real life experience in the environmental science field.
I hope to achieve the knowledge and experiences that the average classroom cannot give me. The real life experiences will allow me to have close relations with the medical field and children.
I'd like to get an internship in biological research. I have just recently graduated. I'd like to gain more experience and work internationally with different cultures!
I hope to gain experience around my field of Neuroscience
I hope to gain knowledge that would help me in future endeavors and my major
What makes our internship programmes a worthwhile investment? Here's a swift overview of what you can expect!
We have two primary programmes to suit your needs. In some instances we also offer virtual placements.
You can come for as long as you need without paying any extra fees.You'll receive the same level of support.
We are 100% on your side. We guarantee every aspect of your trip with unrivalled promises.
Need to focus on a precise niche or two? No problem! Your programme can focus on your specialist areas.
We'll help you engage with the culture and personal benefits of being in a foreign country.
Save on travel and accommodation costs, pay a far lower fee. All while building your professional network.
We will handle all aspects of academic accreditation, including direct liaison with your tutors and academic staff.
We will write full reference letters for your placement(s) to optimise future employers' first impression of you.
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.
Critical and analytical thinker Previous experience working with research and data collection would be beneficial Undergrad or post-grad in related field would be beneficial
Completed or currently studying biology related course at BSc or higher level. Motivated, organised, and possess good communication skills. Strong knowledge of MS Office and good general IT literacy with the ability to learn new software packages quickly. Attention to detail and some knowledge of key laboratory terms is important.
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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.
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'.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.
Biological science majors open the door to many possible career fields including; pharmacy, research, ecology, biotechnology, teaching, medicine, forensics and conservation. The salary one can expect to make with a biological science major depends on which of these career fields one chooses to pursue. Professionals in the fields of medicine and biotechnology are amongst the highest earners.
A bachelor's degree in biology could allow one to pursue a career path within the following fields: research scientist, pharmacologist, biologist, ecologist, nature conservationist, biotechnologist, forensic scientist, pharmaceuticals, medical practitioner, biochemist and more.
There are a lot of different possible careers in science. Some of the highest-earning positions in science include; physicists, astronomers, pharmacists, geoscientists, biochemists and medical scientists. Chemical and nuclear engineering are also lucrative career paths.
Research internships often entail a lot of independent work, although asking questions, being proactive, and making the most of your resources are key to a successful research internship. Medical internships or those in the field of biology are often heavily focused on research and interns will either be asked to complete their own project or contribute to ongoing research. These types of internships will also involve laboratory work. Research is also often integral to internships in human rights, law and public policy.
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