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The best sustainable development 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.
The depletion of the world’s natural resources and the aim of a sustainable future are hot topics in most countries and cultures around the globe today. South Africa is no exception to this because of the need for social and economic development, which usually has a negative impact on the environment.
We collaborate with grass root NGO’s aiming to educate local communities on sustainable living, large corporate companies researching renewable energy on a national scale, sustainable architecture and design firms, renewable energy engineers, research centres, national parks and environmental consultants.
As an intern in this field you could be involved in research, environmental education, design, hands-on field work, renewable energy engineering, exploring and promoting sustainable economic development practices, consulting and much more!
Read on for a full overview of the best sustainable development 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 sustainable development 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 hope to learn more about environmental science with my interest in environmental conservative, I will be looking forward to gain more experience about my vision to promote enactment of laws and regulations that ensures environment protection and conservation including wildlife. Also to have more knowledge on sustainable development which will increase my chances of learning the sustainability of all the skills I will be acquiring and to be able to apply it. My passion for environment has makes me to involve in volunteering which makes me want to learn more about the NGO in other to promote environmental remediation in the society.
I have a background in Mechanical Engineering and a MEng in HVAC, electrical facilities in building and energy efficiency. I also concluded an international course about renewable energy and hydrogen technology in Germany as Erasmus student. Currently I am working on my final dissertation for my MSc Environmental Sustainability at Edinburgh Napier University. I am looking for an opportunity to gain experience in the engineering and sustainability field. I am open to work in any position that allows me to acquire more work experience related to my studies, and being able to put that knowledge into practice.
l hope to gain experience in planning projects from start to finish, working alongside product managers in creating new products, data analysis and report writing. I am excited about this opportunity as it will aid in cultivating my learning and experience which lead to more opportunities in the future. l also hope to improve and gain high levels of communication, interpersonal, time management and teamwork skills.
I've recently finished my undergraduate degree in History at the University of Edinburgh. During my degree I became interested in studying international development and social history. I'm very passionate about a career in this sort of area that allows me to work within communities. Gaining experience abroad would be incredibly insightful and interesting as I am keen to develop my skills in writing, communication, team-building as well as gaining exposure to a different environment and cultures.
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.
I have just finished my Associates in Science. I am looking to gain some real life experience in the environmental science field.
I hope to continue my passion for travel and service through a program in Bridging Gaps. I am interested in helping women and working to improve humans rights.
My career goal is to launch an ethical ESG (environmental, social, and governance) emerging market investment firm to generate profits for investors and foster sustainable growth and prosperity in developing countries. I have a wealth of finance experience (MS in Finance from Vanderbilt University, 5+ years of front office investment banking experience, and am a CFA, etc.), but do have sustainability experience. This year, I will be going back for my 2-year full-time MBA at Northwestern University, where I will study impact investing and sustainability. Before entering school, I would like to complete a pre-MBA summer internship in impact investing or sustainability (preferably in Africa), so I can acquire a background in these areas before studying and pursuing professional opportunities in the them.
I hope this programme will broaden my perspective and I will look at the world in a different way.
I would like to gain an insight into what it is like to work in the environmental/sustainability/geoscience sector. I would like to gain some experience of this sector and also gain some confidence in my abilities which I can apply in the working world.
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.
A passion for sustainable development is essential Awareness of global environmental sustainability issues Highly motivated and eager to thrive in a professional environment Currently working towards or completed degree in a relevant field would be beneficial
An interest in and a good understanding of worldwide environmental issues The ability to work independently Excellent communication skills Some previous research experience would be beneficial
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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.
There are a number of environmental careers one can pursue if you are passionate about helping the planet, these include; conservation scientists, environmental lawyers, geo-scientists, hydrologists, environmental engineers, wildlife biologists and urban planners.
There are many paths one can take in order to get into the sustainability field, often, the first aspect to consider is a field of study. Some universities offer a degree in sustainability, other popular fields of study include: engineering, law, ecology, international development and many others..
There are many jobs within the sustainable development sector, a few of these include; environmental scientist, policy adviser, sustainability consulting, environmental engineer, ecotourism coordinator, sustainability officer and an environmental lawyer.
Economic developers' salaries can vary quite drastically depending on the position. Higher paying career opportunities could be to work for the government on international relations/policies. Other roles could include working in economic consulting which can be very profitable as well.
Our engineering internships are a minimum of two weeks, however we suggest at least four weeks or more to give you the necessary time to get involved with the company's projects and gain more confidence in your work.
There are a lot of different possible careers in science. Some of the highest-earning positions in science include; physicists, astronomers, pharmacists, geoscientists, biochemists and medical scientists. Chemical and nuclear engineering are also lucrative career paths.
This completely depends on your personal and professional goals- we base our internship search on you! Some of the local organisations we collaborate with include; NGO’s, government organisations, policy organisations, research centres, renewable energy engineering companies, architects and design studios and educational institutes.
We collaborate with a wide range of human rights organisations and NGO's here in Cape Town that focus on the promotion of women's rights, equal access to education, HIV/AIDS prevents and education, anti-trafficking, refugee rights, youth development, LGBT rights, improved healthcare, social justice and economic development.
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