Civil Engineering Internship Programmes

Spend time with one of South Africa’s leading civil engineering firms and gain valuable hands on experience in community planning, structural, geotechnical, construction, water or transport engineering. Our civil engineering internships provide you with the opportunity to apply your classroom taught knowledge to real life situations whilst building a professional portfolio of work.

The best Civil Engineering Internship Programmes in Africa?

The Best Civil 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.

Pursing an engineering internship in an international company will make all the difference to your job prospects, whilst giving you the opportunity to explore your specific interests and passions and enhance your CV with work samples and projects.

We collaborate with some of the leading civil engineering firms in Cape Town that work on the planning, designing, construction, operations and maintenance of different infrastructures.

Internship opportunities include Geotechnical, environmental, transportation, structural, hydraulic, construction and land engineering.

Through our customised Civil Engineering internship, you will gain practical work experience whilst enjoying all that Cape Town has to offer!

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


Civil Engineering Internship Programme Overview

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

Civil Internship Key Skills:

  • Engineering problem solving
  • Drawing management
  • Gantt chart and project programme management
  • Design communications
  • Project management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Leadership
  • Time management
  • Communication

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Increase size and breadth of your Civil Engineering work experience portfolio
  • Gain academic credits towards Civil Engineering qualification
  • Build links with top civil Engineering firms in South Africa
  • Work for one of Cape Town’s leading civil engineering firms.
  • Choose from a wide range of Civil Engineering internship opportunities.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Some experience in Civil Engineering
  • Has an interest in Civil Engineering, or similar engineering disciplines

Programme highlights:

  • Improve your job prospects.
  • Build your CV up with relevant work samples.
  • Work for one of Cape Town’s leading civil engineering firms.
  • Choose from a wide range of internship opportunities.

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


Skills you'll hone through your Civil 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!

Attention to detail
Critical thinking
Creative thinking
Economic knowledge
Project Management
Problem Solving


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Civil Engineering internship programme reviews & ratings

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


A hypothetical Civil 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.


Week Two

Get stuck into your Civil Eng internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come our free social event.

Week Three

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


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!


Week Six

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

Week Seven

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


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 Civil 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...

I hope to Improve my skills in architecture and interior design not forgetting business and entrepreneurship . Also to gain much more experience in the field of civil engineering
I am currently studying chemical engineering at one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East, but I believe that theoretical work without being practiced on field or in the lab, is useless. that is why I do my best to take every opportunity available to practice more and to train my mind to be less theoretical and more practical. I love manual work and I believe, after doing several internships in Asia and In Europe, that I have what it takes to be a successful engineer. Africa has always been a major source of interest to me specially with the endless resources this continent has. for me, the future is Africa and being able to do an internship with Bridging Gaps is a lot to aspire for.
I'd like to gain hands on experience on building construction and office work for Civil Engineering practice, gain experience working with other Engineers on site, and enhance my engineering communication skills and improve myself as a young engineer in the making.
I hope to spend time in beautiful Cape Town and gain valuable experience in my career field.
United Kingdom
I hope to gain valuable experience which i can use in the future to apply to a company or university and maybe become an entrepreneur and start my own business.
I'm looking for civil engineering and consulting experience, and to see how to exactly approach a project and successfully execute the plan.
American Samoa
I hope to gain more practicals and knowledge from your company.
I hope to know how the actual construction process of a project and understand how to apply the theoretical knowledge learned to solve problems in actual project.
I hope to gain some practical experience. Also I hope to get insights into my future job as an engineer that could help me decide which kind of subject I want to choose in my masters
I have four different experiences of working in Civil Engineering firms here in Canada. As a young Engineer, I am looking for an international experience in the degree that I am pursuing.

Civil 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.


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.


Current Civil 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.

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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.


Civil 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.


one-off, fixed

Bespoke programme

Backed by 4
concrete promises



one-off, fixed

Comprehensive support

Visa & travel assist

Accommodation assistance

Social events & excursions

... and lots more



one-off, fixed

Tailored Search

Ongoing support
& mentoring

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Civil Engineering Internship Programmes FAQs

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

What percentage of engineering students get internships?

This depends on a number of factors including the country in question, the field of engineering,and the academic level of the candidates. It can be difficult to secure an internship in certain fields such as aerospace engineering, however, there are a lot of internship opportunities within mechanical, chemical, industrial, electrical and civil engineering. Most of the companies we work with here in South Africa are happy to offer an intern a placement if they have completed at least one year of study in their respective field. 

What does a civil engineering intern do?

Civil engineering interns will have the opportunity to shadow professionals in their field, assist in project development and planning, drafting designs, maintaining data and records, and more. 

What is an internship for civil engineering students?

Civil engineering internships allow students to gain practical experience and employable skills in areas such as; geotechnical, environmental, transportation, structural, hydraulic, construction, and land engineering.

How much do engineering interns make an hour?

Since South African law prohibits any foreign nationals from doing any form of paid work in the country without a valid working visa, all engineering internship opportunities for international visitors are unpaid. Local South African's can get paid for an internship, however paid opportunities are difficult to find. A lot of companies offer a small stipend to cover travel and other costs. The wage that engineering interns can expect to earn in other countries very much depends on their location and the field of engineering. Opportunities in petroleum and aerospace engineering tend to offer some of the highest salaries. 

How long is an engineering internship?

Our engineering internships are a minimum of two weeks, however we suggest at least four weeks or more to give you the necessary time to get involved with the company's projects and gain more confidence in your work.

Do I need civil engineering experience to do this internship?

Not necessarily. The organisations look at a lot more than experience, they are looking for people that will help them achieve their goals. So, demonstrate good character and skills, and you'll be in with a great chance of being selected.

What kind of experience will I get in my civil engineering internship?

The organisations we partner with are looking for ambitious, enthusiastic interns that want a range of experiences. You should expect to have a wide range of experiences, simply throw yourself at it and watch opportunities emerge!

Can I get experience in other areas alongside my Civil internship?

Yes we will help you to develop all the skills you wish alongside your main focus of Civil Engineering. If this means getting you some time with another organisation (even if outside of Civil) then we can make that happen too.

Is there a minimum time for a Civil Internship?

Yes, we provide 4+ week internships. Anything less than that means it is hard to get to grips with how a company works, and to make the most of the opportunity. However there is no maximum.

What kind of civil engineering firm will I work with?

We only work with Cape Town's best organisations. When it comes to finding you a Civil Engineering firm, expect to work in a reputable, forward thinking company with prestigious projects.

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