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.
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.
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 international trade 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 gain more experience in plant science at a higher educational level (for example a university). I am really interested in how plants grow and how they are cultured, especially tropical (production) plants. I also consider a job in plant breeding. I would prefer to work with plants in the lab/climatecells/outdoors and besides that to gain some computer related skills for example bioinformatics. I am also interested in international trade, but my major is applied biology, so I have no experience with this. And of course it would be nice to have nice colleagues to work together with :)
Being originally from Cape Town has made me aware of the obstacles that stand in our path to become a progressive human rights culture. I believe this internship will provide me with first-hand knowledge and experience about the social inequalities, violence, corruption and high unemployment rate that plague our beautiful country. I believe the theoretical knowledge I have acquired at the University of Groningen through my International Relations Master program will offer new insights to issues and use it to build creative ideas. I am largely specialized and interested in illicit trade, drug and human trafficking, community management and corruption.
My career goal is to launch an ethical ESG (environmental, social, and governance) emerging market investment firm to generate profits for investors and foster sustainable growth and prosperity in developing countries. I have a wealth of finance experience (MS in Finance from Vanderbilt University, 5+ years of front office investment banking experience, and am a CFA, etc.), but do have sustainability experience. This year, I will be going back for my 2-year full-time MBA at Northwestern University, where I will study impact investing and sustainability. Before entering school, I would like to complete a pre-MBA summer internship in impact investing or sustainability (preferably in Africa), so I can acquire a background in these areas before studying and pursuing professional opportunities in the them.
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.
Knowledge of logistics software or transport management systems Basic accounting knowledge Excellent organizational and time-management skills Good communication skills Willingness to learn and adapt to new systems and procedures
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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.
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.
A Career within international trade could include; international mediators, international business developers, supply chain logistics, research analysts, policy advisers and analysts, economists and more.
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.
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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