Graphic Design

Spend time in an exciting design company in Cape Town and increase your exposure to new skills in an ever evolving industry. Our diverse and stimulating design internships will improve your techniques and technical knowledge and help you stand out from the crowd to future employers.

The best Graphic Design in Africa?

The best design 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.

Cape Town is a leading centre for creativity and innovation and design is now a part of the city’s daily discourse. Numerous design initiatives have been implemented to positively impact the city socially, culturally and economically, and these initiatives have also created a range of wonderfully diverse, ‘Design Internship’ opportunities.

Increase your knowledge, gain practical experience, expand your creativity and discover where your passions lie.  As an intern in this field you will be exposed to new and exciting design techniques and software and the knowledge you gain will improve your chances as a future job applicant.

Our design internship opportunities in Cape Town include; graphic design, UX design, multimedia animation, art and fashion design.

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


Graphic Design Internship Programme Overview

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

Design Internship Key Skills:

  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Sketching
  • Product development
  • Colour theory
  • Print design
  • Business Acumen

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Gain incredible real world work experience and learn how to problem solve, collaborate with other professionals and meet deadlines.
  • Gain a valuable insight into what daily life in a professional environment within your industry is really like.
  • Build a professional network of contacts and collaborate with experienced colleagues that could have connections to potential future employers.
  • Increase your exposure to new skills in an ever evolving industry. Experience new techniques and technologies and receive professional training with specialised software and programmes.
  • Stand out from the crowd in future job applications and increase your earning potential.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Passion for design and some examples of design work.

Programme highlights:

  • Live and work in one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the world.
  • Work for a company in a city that has been named a leading centre for creativity and innovation.
  • Expand your creativity and discover where your passions lie.
  • Develop crucial industry specific skills to add to your CV.
  • Benefit from regular training from experienced professionals.

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


Skills you'll hone through your Graphic Design internship

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

Creative thinking
Business acumen
IT and technical skills
Knowledge of current trends
Understanding client’s needs
Visual storytelling


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Graphic Design 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 Graphic Design 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 design 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.


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

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).


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 Graphic Design 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...

United States
I'm currently taking graphic design courses at my college where I'm learning UX/UI Design and Web Design. I hope to expand on my coursework and gain some real insight into how a company or agency applies what I've learned in a real work environment. I also hope to use this internship to diversify my skillset and to make my resume stand out from other applicants when looking for jobs after the internship. I also hope to gain networks and contacts from this program so I have professionals that are willing to help me and vouch for me and my great work.
United Kingdom
I would like to be apart of an internship programme related to my interests of media production. This is a great opportunity for me to communicate and adapt in new environments. I hope to gain as much knowledge as I can but also to explore the world whilst doing what I love; media. This experience would benefit me on multiple levels from professional communications, to gaining my own independence.
I want to gain more knowledge, be exposed to other cultures and open myself to more opportunities after finishing the program
I hope to gain real world experience and produce work that I can add to my portfolio. I hope to expand my professional photography experience and explore different types of photography. I am especially interested in wildlife and environmental photography.
Coming from Vietnam and have been through 11 years in Singapore for studying and working, I believe that the experiences which I gained and am going to gain from overseas will help to strengthen my skills and knowledge for my future career.
I would love to learn about South African culture, history and people. I want to gain some working experience to find my future path.
I hope to learn new stuff, gain experience for my planned study in Multimedia Production and get to learn and work with amazing people.
Experience as a graphic designer, to learn as much as I can and to experience it in another country.

Graphic Design 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 Graphic Design 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.


Graphic Design 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

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concrete promises



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Comprehensive support

Visa & travel assist

Accommodation assistance

Social events & excursions

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Tailored Search

Ongoing support
& mentoring

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Graphic Design FAQs

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

Is Graphic Design in demand?

Graphic design is in demand, however it is a competitive field for finding jobs. It's recommended to have plenty of experience and a large portfolio when applying for any graphic design role.

Which is the most popular qualification for graphic designers?

Obtaining a degree in graphic design, web design or art is a great place to start. Experience in Photoshop, HTML, CSS or web design could be hugely beneficial to your course too.

What type of design internship can I do?

We collaborate with a wide range of local design companies here in Cape Town and you can choose from a variety of exciting internships including; graphic design, web design, fashion design, fine art, prop design, animation or product design.

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