We collaborate with some of Cape Town’s leading digital marketing agencies, market research firms, direct marketing companies, advertising agencies and marketing consultancy companies. We also facilitate opportunities in a range of inspiring NGO’s that need assistance building their online presence.
The best advertising, marketing and communications 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.
Whether you are looking to build up your CV and gain experience by working for a large marketing agency, or expand and use your existing skills to assist a grass roots NPO, we have a wide variety of exciting advertising, marketing and communications roles in Cape Town for you to explore. Our internships give you the chance to work in a fast paced, professional environment and help set the foundations for your career.
As an intern in this field you could be involved in; SEO management, marketing campaigns and strategies, social media management, web development, company promotions and announcements, commercial awareness, market research and data collection, designing media materials and attending networking events.
Read on for a full overview of the best advertising, marketing and communications 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.
Just how hands on you are! You make an effort to get to know all the interns and you really care about our well-being. It's really nice to have that support especially when you are alone in a foreign country for the first time!
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 advertsing, marketing or communications 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 hoping to gain real world experience from this internship. Right now I'm currently in school and I feel as if taking classes isn't really letting me grasp my field that I'm majoring in which is marketing. I want to be thrown into work in order to gain some real working experience.
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 time management and organization, ability to multitask Creative and innovative thinker Familiarity with popular social media platforms and trends Strong written and verbal communication skills Working towards or completed degree in Marketing or relevant field would be beneficial
Basic practical knowledge of the use of different media channels, Attention to detail, Excellent written and verbal communication, Creative thinker.
Creative mindset. Excellent written communication skills. Basic knowledge of the latest digital marketing trends.
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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.
On completion of your marketing internship one should expect to gain a range of employable skills and experience across various niches. Overall, your understanding of the industry, company branding, understanding client needs and market trends should help one stand out to future employers.
To succeed in marketing it's important to develop your commercial acumen and knowledge of market trends, as well as your technical skills which include: copywriting, design, social media marketing,email marketing,analytics tools, SEO and SEM.
Marketing internships are dynamic, interns are generally able to get involved with lots of different areas of digital marketing including: analytics, research and trend tracking, content development, SEO, digital ads, social media marketing and more.
Marketing students can get involved with various areas of digital marketing and shadow/assist in various team efforts. Students can expect to walk away with a portfolio of projects they have assisted with or led as well as a wealth of experience to supplement their studies.
The types of companies that offer internships range throughout various industries, from large corporations to startups. Interns can expect to gain experience in a variety of focuses such as, sales, marketing, finance, HR, management, and more. At Bridging Gaps, we have placed interns in tech companies, customer service, product development, insurance firms among many others.
There are a lot of useful tips to consider when preparing for a marketing interview. It is always a great idea to do some background research on the company, their branding and message, their clients, and any other useful information available. Knowing basic information about the company before an interview shows your initiative and helps you stand out against other candidates.
On completing a marketing internship, one can expect to gain a large range of both hard and soft skills. The most valuable takeaway of course is the practical experience which employers look for, as well as references which you can pass along to them. Some of the hard skills one could acquire would include research, data analysis, SEO, SEM, and more.
For a marketing internship one might have the opportunity to be placed within a number of different organisations, from small to large marketing firms, to marketing teams within small businesses, companies or non-profits, and more. The exact work you could be doing depends on the organisation and their needs, however one can expect to be involved with projects that include; market research, strategy development, content creation, social media, and more.
Interns can expect to be involved in a variety of projects and tasks depending on their internship organisation. Some responsibilities you could have as an intern include; SEO management, marketing campaigns and strategies, social media management, company promotions and announcements, market research and data collection, designing media materials and attending events.
Not necessarily. The organisations look at a lot more than experience, they are looking for people that will help them achieve their goals. So, demonstrate good character and skills, and you’ll be in with a great chance of being selected. Previous experience in the field is always beneficial though!
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!
We only work with Cape Town’s best organisations. When it comes to finding you an advertising, marketing or communications role, expect to work in a dynamic, forward thinking and reputable company. We will find you the best possible company based entirely on your personal and professional goals.
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