Spend time in one of Cape Town’s most innovative and vibrant event management companies and add impressive international work experience to your CV! Our event management internships give you the opportunity to use your creativity to contribute to the seamless delivery of inspiring events, network with influential people and build a professional portfolio of work.
The best event management 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 facilitate a wide range of exciting event management internships in some of Cape Town’s most up and coming, vibrant companies. Opportunities are available in the fields of tourism, corporate, film, music, wedding and NGO work.
Gaining hands on experience in the field of event management is essential, and all the organisations we work with, want to give you the opportunity to build on your skills and use your creativity to contribute to the seamless delivery of inspiring events.
As an events management intern you could be involved in planning and delivering conferences, cultural events, exhibitions, fundraising events, music festivals, parties, weddings or product launches. Internship responsibilities could include liaising with clients, creating proposals, researching venues and suppliers, assisting marketing, managing pre-event planning and assisting with coordination during the event.
Read on for a full overview of the best event management 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.
Cape Town is by far my favourite city in the world and I cannot wait to return. Thank you Bridging Gaps for all your help and for giving me an adventure of a lifetime!
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 event management 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...
Gaining an insight into the different cultures and adventures I can take part in when I finish my degree is something I 100% want to do. Even though I'm in my final year of my mathematics degree , I don't wish to pursue a career in it just yet. My aim is to explore and experience the world and try out everything once , even if its challenging. That's why I want to live abroad and learn new skills and take part un any opportunity thrown my way.
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.
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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.
This all depends on the type of events you would like to work on. Some of the top events internships are in companies that cater to corporate, weddings, non-profits, conferences, seminars, retreats, product launches and more.
Building a wealth of client testimonials is key for success in any sort of service-related industry. Ensuring that all events are executed efficiently and in line with your clients needs will give you the best chance of being successful.
Relevant degrees and diplomas would be in public relations, communications, and hospitality.
In any service-based industry, you will require some form of experience to build your portfolio and brand. An event planning degree is not necessary, however experience in event planning and a portfolio of work or client testimonials are essential. If you are considering launching an event planning service, an excellent way to begin would be by gaining practical experience through an internship, volunteering to plan events for a local nonprofit organisation, or perhaps offering pro bono work to a friend to gain experience and client reviews.
Absolutely not! All the local companies we work with provide excellent support and guidance for their interns and you will be working alongside a team of experienced professionals.
This depends on your internship organisation which we match you up with based on your personal interests and goals. As an events management intern you could be involved in planning and delivering conferences, cultural events, exhibitions, fundraising events, music festivals, parties, weddings or product launches and opportunities are available in weddings, music, corporate, film, tourism and NGO work.
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Hi, we're really sorry but we are no longer offering internship opportunities in this career field. However, we wish you the best with your search.