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.
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.
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 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.
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 finance and banking 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 apply my skills I have learned through my BA degree in International Relations and Economics. I can therefore learn areas in which my degree is applicable in the field of Public relations as well as test my interest in finance and banking and explore my interests further during the programme.
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.
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.
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
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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.
As an intern, you can expect to be involved with tasks such as; researching investments, preparing presentations, reviewing client notes and completing tasks, preparing for client meetings, assisting on financial plan developments and other general client administration tasks.
Some top tips to landing a great financial internship are; having a well-written resume/CV and displaying a high level of professionalism and flexibility during interviews. Some candidates opt to apply through agencies, which handle many of the administrative aspects of searching for a company to intern for.
Some of the best financial internships include placements in; investment banking, wealth management, accounting, auditing, information technology finance, financial analysis, commercial banking, financial planning, insurance, corporate finance and credit reporting.
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.
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.
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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