Advertising, Digital Marketing, Graphic Design Internship & Volunteering

We collaborate with some of Cape Town’s leading digital marketing and graphic design agencies, market research firms, direct marketing companies, advertising agencies and marketing consultancy companies. You'll learn how to work with clients, build an important portfolio of work and get to use your creativity to contribute to a range of exciting projects. We also facilitate opportunities in a range of inspiring NGO’s that need assistance building their online presence.

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Advertising & Marketing internships - quick video overview
The best Advertising, Digital Marketing, Graphic Design Internship & Volunteering in Africa?

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 digital marketing or graphic design agency, or expand and use your existing skills to assist a grass roots NPO, we have a wide variety of exciting advertising, digital marketing. graphic design 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.


Advertising & Marketing Internship Programme Overview

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

Advertising & Marketing Key Skills:

  • IT and technical
  • Project management
  • Problem solving
  • Organisation
  • Time management
  • Analytical
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Develop valuable skills which will impress graduate recruiters and kick start your career in advertising, marketing or communications.
  • Showcase your marketing knowledge by building a professional portfolio of work and strong online presence.
  • Benefit from the guidance and supervision of experienced colleagues.
  • Gain real world work experience in a dynamic and professional environment.
  • Make influential contacts that could assist you in any stage of your career.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Has an interest in advertising, marketing or communications.
  • Has experience using different social media channels.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Good writing skills.

Programme highlights:

  • Complete an internship in one of Cape Town’s leading marketing or advertising agencies.
  • Gain valuable work experience and build an impressive CV.
  • Enjoy working in a professional environment that has been hand picked for you based on your personal and professional goals.
  • Benefit from a personal mentor whose goal is to ensure you have the most rewarding and enjoyable time possible.
  • Experience the beauty of Cape Town for yourself!

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 Advertising & Marketing internship

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

Project Management
Creative thinking
Analytical skills
Interpersonal comms
Commercial acumen
IT and technical skills
Time management


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Advertising & Marketing internship programme reviews & ratings

We managed to grab some detailed interviews from previous interns on this programme, you can click on them below.

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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!
Harriet Mallaby

A hypothetical Advertising & Marketing 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 advertsing, marketing or communications 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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Advertising & Marketing 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 Advertising & Marketing 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.

Social Media Marketing Assistant

Excellent communication Organised and analytical Creative Good understanding of SEO Prior experience in marketing, advertising or client management would be beneficial

The Organisation: A social media marketing agency based in Cape Town working with exciting local and international brands.
Keywords: Digital marketing, Social Media
Social Media Strategy Internship

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

The Organisation: A small team of innovative and experienced professionals based in Cape Town, dedicated to creating exceptional marketing strategies and results for our clients.
Keywords: Social media, Marketing strategy, Analytics, SEO, Internship
Strategy and marketing assistant

Basic practical knowledge of the use of different media channels, Attention to detail, Excellent written and verbal communication, Creative thinker.

The Organisation: An exciting digital marketing and advertising agency that helps businesses create long-lasting and successful relationships with their consumers. Some of their services include content marketing, social media management and brand development and design.
Keywords: Marketing, Internship, Marketing strategy, Digital strategy, Internship
Digital media and email marketing intern

Creative mindset. Excellent written communication skills. Basic knowledge of the latest digital marketing trends.

The Organisation: An innovative company that provides cutting-edge marketing and advertising solutions. The company has clients in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Keywords: Digital marketing, Digital media, Email marketing, Marketing Strategy, Internship

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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.


Advertising & Marketing 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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Advertising, Digital Marketing, Graphic Design Internship & Volunteering FAQs

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

What do you hope to gain from a marketing internship?

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. 

What skills do you need to work in marketing?

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.

What are marketing internships like?

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.

What does a marketing student do in an internship?

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. 

What companies provide internships?

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. 

How do I prepare for a marketing internship interview?

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.

What do you gain from a marketing internship?

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. 

What can you do during a marketing internship?

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.

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

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.

Do I need advertising, marketing or communications experience to do this internship?

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!

Is there a minimum time for an advertising, marketing or communications Internship?

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!

What kind of advertising or marketing firm will I work with?

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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Advertising, Digital Marketing, Graphic Design Internship & Volunteering

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.