Public Relations Internship Programmes

Spend time in one of Cape Town’s leading PR agencies and develop industry specific skills and expertise that graduate employers look for. Our PR internships are the perfect platform to build an impressive portfolio of professional work samples whilst making influential international contacts.

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The best Public Relations Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best Public Relations 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.

Pursuing a public relations internship enables you to gain relevant, professional work experience whilst building up valuable examples of professional-quality work.

We collaborate with some of the leading PR agencies in Cape Town in which interns can gain experience in a fast paced, professional environment, as well as some amazing NGO’s in need of PR interns and communications assistance.

As an intern in this field you could be involved in; creating engaging content, building relationships with current or prospective clients, creating and distributing press releases, utilizing your host organisations social media channels, building media lists and databases, conducting market analysis research and coordinating and attending company events.

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

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Public Relations Internship Programme Overview

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

Public Relations Internship Key Skills:

  • Communication
  • Writing
  • Creativity
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • International awareness
  • Attention to detail
  • SEO
  • Time management

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Boost your CV with professional, international work experience.
  • Build a professional network of influential contacts.
  • Challenge yourself and develop key skills needed to kick start your successful career in PR.
  • Build an impressive portfolio of professional work.
  • Develop relevant skills and expertise that graduate employers look for.
  • Explore your strengths and passions and make more informed career decisions.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Proficient in English.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Confident and good interpersonal skills.

Programme highlights:

  • Gain experience in a fast paced professional environment.
  • Discover where your passions and strengths lie.
  • Intern at one of Cape Town’s leading PR agencies.
  • Benefit from mentorship from experienced professionals in your field.
  • Live and socialise with like-minded people looking for an adventure of a life time.

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

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Skills you'll hone through your Public Relations internship

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

Communication
Project Management
International Awareness
Attention to detail
Social Media
Research

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Public Relations 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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A hypothetical Public Relations 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.

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Week Two

Get stuck into your public relations 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.

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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!

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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).

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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 Public Relations 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...

Claudia
Netherlands
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.
Miriam
Canada
I want to help as many people as possible. Learn about new cultures and communities see their way of life and help him grow to make it even better.
Rahul
United Kingdom
I hope to gain valuable insight into human rights work, taking the theory I have learnt at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and applying it in the real world.
Kellett
United States
I hope to learn more about public relations, marketing and management while experiencing such an amazing new place.
Kellett
United States
I hope to learn more about public relations, marketing and management while experiencing such an amazing new place.
Sabrina
United Kingdom
This internship programme would not only enable me to explore beyond my normal horizons geographically, but it’d also fill me with the confidence I need to embark upon my (yet to be chosen) career path. I hope to gain experience academically, in a world of work culturally different from that of the UK. I also endeavour to perfect my own skills, and follow subjects which I am truly passionate about.
Sanah
United Kingdom
I hope to gain valuable experience working internationally, within my areas of expertise and wider. This would be a good chance for me to get myself out of education, which I have been in without a gap year since school including the last 4 years at university and get a wider perspective of the world, and work at the same time.
James
United Kingdom
In essence, I am just really keen to experience different areas of the workplace and challenge myself to compete and perform in a real life working environment. The idea of experiencing this in the content of South Africa is fascinating to me, and I want to push myself to thrive outside of my comfort zone. I am young in comparison to other internship applicants, however I am increasingly hungry to not only develop my workplace attributes, but to also work towards something I'm passionate about - social care and moral ethics being something I have always been invested in. Overall I want to gain direction and transferable skills from my employer, whilst making a real difference within the work I am doing.
Ravai
Australia
I hope to bring back the wealth of insight and experience to be gained from this internship programme, to complement my degree in Human Services, and a Juris Doctor degree that I am currently undertaking.
Madelaine
United States
Through this experience, I hope to gain further experience in the field of international law and the protection of human rights. I am a dual major in global studies and legal studies, therefore I hope that this internship can further my education in both fields of my studies. If possible, I hope to gain university credit from the internship.
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Public Relations 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.

Career
Focus

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.

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Current Public Relations 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.

Public Relations Strategy Assistant

Willingness to learn and professional drive Understanding of the different social networks Excellent verbal and written communication skills Passion and hard work ethic Creative thinker Well organized and able to work with deadlines

The Organisation: A fast paced PR firm providing PR strategies and concrete deliverables for a large range of clients.
Keywords: Public Relations, Communications, Business Strategy, Client management, Internship
Content Development Assistant

Creative Good writing skills A confident speaker Good knowledge of different social media channels

The Organisation: One of Cape Town's leading Public Relations agencies which specialises in corporate and consumer PR.
Keywords: PR, Public Relations, Communications, Business 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.

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Public Relations 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.

Bootstrap

£
995
one-off, fixed

Bespoke programme

Backed by 4
concrete promises

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Concierge

£
1495
one-off, fixed

Comprehensive support

Visa & travel assist

Accommodation assistance

Social events & excursions

... and lots more

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Virtual

£
395
one-off, fixed

Tailored Search

Ongoing support
& mentoring

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FAQ
Public Relations Internship Programmes FAQs

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

What skills are needed for public relations?

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, market knowledge, research, business acumen, strategic thinking, organisation, effective planning and presentation skills. 


How do I prepare for a PR internship?

When preparing for your internship it's always helpful to do some background research on your host organisation. Understanding their brand, services and clientele will make for a good impression and lay a great foundation for success in your internship.


What does a PR intern do?

As a PR intern you could be involved in; creating engaging content, building relationships with current or prospective clients, creating and distributing press releases, utilizing your host organisations social media channels, building media lists and databases, conducting market analysis research, coordinating and attending company events.


What can one learn from a PR internship?

PR interns will learn key skills such as; communication, project management, attention to detail, social media management, research, SEO and time management skills. We collaborate with some of the leading PR agencies in Cape Town through which interns can gain experience in a fast-paced professional environment.


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 type of work will I be doing for my PR internship?

This depends on your internship organisation and their current projects and clients.  PR interns can expect to be involved in some of the following tasks; drafting press releases, social media management, SEO, writing articles, meeting with clients, writing blog posts, conducting market research, creating media pitches and assisting with administrative tasks.

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