Psychology Internship Programmes

Gain practical experience to supplement your classroom knowledge iwhile supporting vulnerable members of the community. We collaborate with clinical practices, children’s homes and shelters, NGO’s, community centres, schools, hospitals and many more inspiring local organisations.

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The best Psychology Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best psychology 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 psychology programmes provide you with the opportunity to use your existing skills and experience to support some of the most disadvantaged members of South African society.  We collaborate with a wide range of inspiring local organisations that are dedicated to providing psychological care and counselling to all levels of the community. 

Participating in a psychology internship will give you the chance to positively impact the lives of those who need it the most, whilst working alongside some of the most experienced professionals in the field, who are trained to deal with challenging situations on a daily basis.

We collaborate with clinical practices, children’s homes and shelters, NGO’s, community centres, schools, hospitals and many more inspiring local organisations.

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


Psychology Internship Programme Overview

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

Psychology Key Skills:

  • Excellent communication and social skills
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Self-awareness
  • Organisation
  • Knowledge of psychological theory and practice.
  • Interest in how people think and behave.
  • Good research skills.
  • Ability to relate to and empathise with a range of people
  • Active listening
  • Respect and cultural awareness
  • Professionalism 

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Learn from highly experienced professionals in your field.
  • Gain valuable exposure to the field of social work in South Africa and apply classroom theory to real world situations.
  • Demonstrate to future employers that you are dedicated, resilient and adaptable by adding valuable, international youth and social work to your CV.
  • Discover where your strengths and passions lie.
  • Gain practical experience and earn academic credit.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Proficient in English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Confident and good interpersonal skills.
  • Compassionate and dedicated.

Programme highlights

  • Work alongside knowledgeable and highly accomplished professionals in your field.
  • Make a difference in the lives of individuals who need your care and attention the most.
  • Help to improve the quality of life and the futures of some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged.
  • Demonstrate your dedication and passion for working in this field and impress future employers.
  • Challenge yourself and work on your self-awareness, patience, and empathy.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa


Skills you'll hone through your Psychology internship

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

Client services
Coping skills
Creative thinking
Cultural awareness
Ethical behaviour
Understanding client’s needs
Interpersonal comms


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Psychology internship programme reviews & ratings

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


A hypothetical Psychology 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 psychology 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 Psychology 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...


Psychology 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 Psychology 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.


Psychology 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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Psychology Internship Programmes FAQs

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

What type of psychologist is in high demand?

Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists are generally in high demand, other in-demand areas include; criminal or forensic psychology, health psychology, family and child psychology, counseling, education, among others.

What jobs can I do with a psychology degree?

There are many job opportunities for those with a psychology degree including but not limited to: clinical psychology, psychiatry, counseling, forensics, school counseling, sports psychology, advice worker, therapist, mediator, life coach, detective or a human resources officer. 

What are good psychology internships?

A good psychology internship allows for interns to shadow professionals in their field, conduct their own research and assist with casework and development for patients. 

How do I get a psychology internship?

Many universities require clinical hours to receive a psychology degree. Often psychology internships can be arranged through the University or college, or students have the option to search and obtain internships for themselves. In our case, some may consider using an internship provider such as Bridging Gaps, to help them source the best internships available based on their personal and professional goals. One would be able to apply for credit through our organisation to fulfil their university and academic requirements in the psychology field. 

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