International Trade Internship Programmes

Kick start your successful career in international trade by gaining professional work experience in one of Cape Town’s leading international trade companies. Participating in one of our international trade internships is the perfect way to demonstrate to future employers that you have a real understanding of how cultures, values and governmental laws can impact trade on a global scale.

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The best International Trade Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best international trade 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 international trade internships in Cape Town provide you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons, add to your CV, launch your global career and build a global network of influential contacts.

By interning in one of Cape Town’s leading international trade companies, you will gain an insight into how different cultural practices, values and government laws, can influence trade on a global scale.

Interns will gain experience in international trade policy, licensing and compliance, sourcing suppliers, coordinating products along the supply chain and entry into consumer markets.

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


International Trade Internship Programme Overview

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

International Trade Internship Key Skills:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledge of current import and export laws and regulations.
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Collaboration
  • Research
  • Negotiation

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Demonstrate to future employers that you have a real understanding of how cultures, values and governmental laws can impact international trade.
  • Gain valuable work experience in a fast paced professional environment.
  • Expand your academic, personal and professional learning.
  • Gain a real insight into what a career in international trade would entail and build a valuable network of contacts.
  • Learn from experienced mentors.
  • Gain an in depth understanding of all aspects of trade processes

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Basic understanding of the economics of international trade.

Programme highlights:

  • Acquire in-depth, holistic understanding of international trade.
  • Create a strong network of global contacts.
  • Gain practical experience in all aspects of export-import trade processes.
  • Build your CV with professional, international work experience and stand out from the crowd to future employers.
  • Receive on going career advice from our friendly and experienced Bridging Gaps team.

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 International Trade internship

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

Written and verbal communication


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International Trade internship programme reviews & ratings

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A hypothetical International Trade 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.

Internship Programmes South Africa - Hypothetical week 1
Internship Programmes South Africa - Hypothetical week 2

Week Two

Get stuck into your international trade 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.

Internship Programmes South Africa - Hypothetical week 3
Internship Programmes South Africa - Hypothetical week 4

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 International Trade 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...


International Trade 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 International Trade 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.


International Trade 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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International Trade Internship Programmes FAQs

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

Which course is best for a foreign job?

There are a few courses that can improve your chances of getting a job overseas. Ultimately international career opportunities depend on the demand for certain professionals at any given time. Some courses which tend to have good international job prospects include healthcare-related courses, engineering, sustainability/energy-related courses and anything in the field of finance and agricultural science.

What is the work of international trade?

A Career within international trade could include; international mediators, international business developers, supply chain logistics, research analysts, policy advisers and analysts, economists and more. 

How much do international business majors make a year?

International business courses offer a range of career opportunities all over the world. The salary you can expect to make depends on the country and company that you work in. The area of business that you specialise in will have a big impact on your salary too. 

What type of work will I be doing during my international trade internship?

As an international trade intern you will gain experience in international trade policy, licensing and compliance, sourcing suppliers, coordinating products along the supply chain and entry into consumer markets.

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International Trade Internship Programmes

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.