Tourism Internship Programmes

Intern at a dynamic and vibrant company in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world! Our tourism internships allow you to discover where your passions and strengths lie whilst gaining exciting hands on work experience in an establishment of your choice. We collaborate with various travel companies and tour operators in the incredible city of Cape Town.

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The best Tourism Internship Programmes in Africa?

The best hospitality and tourism 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.


Voted the number one tourist destination to visit in 2014 by the New York Times, it is no surprise that Cape Town boasts a wide range of exciting and appealing tourism internships. We collaborate with a large number of backpackers, travel companies and adventure & tour operators that offer opportunities in reservations, guiding, operations, events, and general management.


Our tourism internships provide you with the opportunity to work in a welcoming environment that attracts people from all over the world, whilst gaining important skills to help you advance your career.  As an intern in this field you will have the chance to attend exciting events, make influential contacts, and experience many of the incredible activities and attractions that the Western Cape is home to.


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


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Tourism Internship Programme Overview

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

Tourism Internship Key Skills:

  • Customer service
  • Cultural awareness
  • Time management and organisational
  • Communication and interpersonal
  • Networking and client management
  • Operations
  • Management
  • Technical


Academic & Career Benefits

  • Gain hands on work experience in a variety of areas within your field and discover where your passions and strengths lie.
  • Build a professional network of contacts and gain references for your future career.
  • Learn from experienced professionals.
  • Gain academic credit to go towards your degree.
  • Develop valuable skills in an international, professional work environment.


Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Some previous experience in customer service would be beneficial.
  • Friendly and confident when meeting new people.


Programme highlights

  • Explore and enjoy the beautiful, dynamic and culturally rich city of Cape Town.
  • Work in one of Cape Town’s leading hotels or travel companies and learn from experienced mentors.
  • Gain valuable work experience in one of the world’s top tourist destinations.
  • Broaden your horizons and add to your CV.
  • Gain hands on practical experience and discover where your strengths and passions lie.

 

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

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Skills you'll hone through your Tourism internship

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

Business acumen
Adaptability
Communication
Customer service
Operations
Time management
Understanding client’s needs

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Tourism internship programme reviews & ratings

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

During my internship I was in close contact with my mentors and they always wanted to make sure if everything's okay or if they could do anything for me. I really appreciate the way they took care of me.
Sarah Hieber
Undergraduate
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A hypothetical Tourism 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 tourism 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 Tourism 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...

Nolan
United States
I have just finished my Associates in Science. I am looking to gain some real life experience in the environmental science field.
Anna
United States
I hope this programme will broaden my perspective and I will look at the world in a different way.
Angellah
Mauritius
I hope to gain real work experience and how it really is like to work with a team of people for a greater cause. I hope to contribute immensely to the organization I am working for and leave a lasting impression.
Arasee
Mauritius
I want to gain experience in the Tourism Industry and develop my skills.
Kaylene
Sweden
I want to complete my 18 months hospitality internship, to get graduate as a profesional chef.
Dat
Vietnam
I want to do a program so that I can more experience in the field.
Glendour
United States
I hope to gain a lot of experience in the hospitality industry.
Mason
United States
I spent 13 days in the beautiful country of South Africa back in 2017, ever since I have wanted to go back. The people were welcoming, the culture was amazing, and the history was deep. I would hope to immerse myself in the culture and learn more about the hospitality industry within the country.
Patrick
Lebanon
In May 2020, I'll be completing my second year at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and my plan is to major in finance. I have a strong interest in business and management issues with a specific interest in the area of finance. Through the internship type of experience, I hope to further develop my professional background in preparation for a position in the Finance field after graduating from college.
Caroline
United States
I hope to gain experience in the hospitality industry, while learning and living in a new culture!
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Tourism 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 Tourism 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.

Reservation, Events and Travel Agent Assistant

Highly organised Fluent and English. A basic level of additional languages would be beneficial Confident telephone manner Ability to work well under pressure Previous experience in customer service would be beneficial

The Organisation: A popular youth backpacking lodge that provides high-quality accommodation and meaningful travel experiences.
Keywords: Tourism, Travel, 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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Tourism 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
Tourism Internship Programmes FAQs

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

Is cape town a good location for tourism internships?

Cape Town consistently receives global praise and accolades year after year including the best city in the world, best cultural city, most beautiful African city among others. Being a global hub for tourism makes it the perfect location to gain practical experience within the tourism industry. Tourist attractions include culture trips, wine tours, wildlife experiences, outdoor activities, world-class beaches, gourmet cuisine and more. 


What jobs allow you to travel a lot?

If you are looking for jobs and careers that allow for regular travel, some of the top professions would be: A pilot, flight attendant, cruise ship worker, international consultant, foreign aid worker, international policy specialists, travel agent or tour operator. 


What is the highest paying job in tourism?

Some of the higher paying tourism jobs include: luxury travel specialists, airline pilots, cruise ship directors, international sales and hotel management.


What jobs are in tourism?

There are many career paths within the tourism industry. Some of these include travel agencies and advisements, airline and cruise ship workers, leisure, adventurer, voluntourism and historical and cultural travel. 


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