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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.
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.
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 design 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'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.
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.
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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Social events & excursions
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We've answered some specific questions about this internship programme below.
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.
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.
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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