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.
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.
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 psychology 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 am currently a BSc Psychology with Criminology graduate awaiting to begin my MSc (Forensic Psychology). Following this, I want to gain experience within a field of interest i.e. research, law/crime, health, social/political. However, I also want a break/change from my current environment and to have this experience somewhere new/refreshing, preferably abroad. From Bridginggaps reviews, this seems like the perfect fit. It appears that previous interns have experienced a balance in both work, travel and enjoyment. This is what I am looking for.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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