Animal and Wildlife Internships In Cape Town
2019 & 2020
The best animal and wildlife internships in Cape Town?
Your internship will be based in the Western Cape, which is famous for breathtaking landscapes and coastlines considered home by diverse wildlife. You will have the opportunity to acquire valuable experience in conservation while working with endemic animals. These include Cape fur seals, Humpback whales, Great White Sharks, African penguins, Chacma baboons, Cape clawless otters, hippos, flamingos, and a wide range of incredible African birds.
As an intern in this field you could have the chance to assist with research work, habitat specialisation, protection and rehabilitation efforts. You will have the chance to team with inspiring animal rescue centres, as well as game reserves and national parks.
We also offer internship opportunities in veterinary clinics where you have the chance to work with cats, dogs and exotic pets.
Read on for a full overview of the best animal and wildlife internships in Africa.
What Our Internship Clients Say
“The whole process before I came to Cape Town was coordinated very smoothly, the team at Bridging Gaps gave me a great choice of organisations to pick and choose from. The organisation they found for me was brilliant, The Underdog Project taught me so much more about animal therapy and the huge benefits their programme has to the kids and the dogs. Thanks to Bridging gaps I gained some valuable experience that should help me further in my career.”
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Animal & Wildlife Internship Key Skills:
- Knowledge of local laws
- Mapping skills
- Field skills
Academic & Career Benefits
- Develop crucial field skills necessary to start your successful career in conservation.
- Benefit from daily guidance from experts in the field of conservation and animal rehabilitation & protection.
- Move faster towards your career goals by building your CV with impressive international experience in some of the world’s most diverse conservation settings.
- Gain a better understanding of your field and discover if your passions lie in animal rehabilitation, research or protection.
- Gain an insight into the challenges of conservation in a different country.
Ideal Internship Applicant
- Good communication skills.
- A passion for working with animals and a love of the outdoors.
- An interest in conservation.
- Gain hands-on and practical experience while working in the field of wildlife conservation and protection.
- Get up close with some of Cape Town’s unique wildlife, including humpback whales, Cape fur seals, and African penguins.
- Complete an internship in some of the world’s most beautiful conservation areas.
- Contribute to efforts aimed at protecting wildlife in the Western Cape.
- Learn from professionals with vast experience and knowledge of conservation.
- 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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Key Skills Developed Through Our Animal & Wildlife Internship
Interns will learn how to quickly and accurately identify a variety of species in their internship conservation setting and record their findings for future analysis. Throughout the internship they will conduct species and community focused surveys.
During their internship interns will be required to work on multiple projects at the same and successfully organise their research findings and recordings.
Interns will hone their written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills through report writing, fieldwork diaries, fieldwork observations, interactions with colleagues, workshops with local communities and proposals for stakeholders.
During the internship interns will conduct extensive field work and gain experience in using hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment for navigation purposes, and Geographical Information System (GIS) for recording and analyzing spatial data.
Interns will learn to analyse and draw conclusions from their research findings.
Typical 8 Week Animal & Wildlife Internship
Internship Week 1
Arrival & orientation. Introduction to Cape Town, your accommodation and your internship host organisation and colleagues.
Internship Week 2
Get stuck into your Animal & Wildlife internship placement and establish yourself with your organisation. Come to our free social events.
Internship Week 3
Enjoy a great work-life balance, getting out and about to see the sites alongside working hard on your internship.
Internship Week 4
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!
Internship Week 5
Now you’re flying (metaphorically) at work, you’ll be more and more autonomous. Expect to pick up even more challenges!
Internship Week 6
Internship is going swimmingly, now go and do something crazy like swimming with some great white sharks or abseiling off of a mountain.
Internship Week 7
Regularly enjoy the benefits of Cape Town and at work, gather materials needed for portfolio (e.g. references from us and provider).
Internship Week 8
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) and debrief.
Leave a Changed Person
Leave with the satisfaction of having helped a Cape Town Animal & Wildlife organisation, with building experience and lifelong friendships.
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* We will endeavor to deliver experiences similar to this to each one of our interns but please note that the work experience you gain will largely depend on your personal proactiveness and the internship organisation that you select.
Animal & Wildlife Internships Frequently Asked Questions
What type of animals and wildlife could I work with during my internship?
The species of wildlife you will be working with during your internship depends on your personal interests and goals, and the types of local organisation that are interested in hosting you as an intern. As an animal and wildlife intern you could have the opportunity to work with dogs, cats, Cape fur seals, Humpback whales, Great White Sharks, African penguins, Chacma baboons, Cape clawless otters, hippos, flamingos, and a wide range of incredible African birds.
Is there a minimum time for an animal and wildlife Internship?
Yes, we provide 2+ week internships and there is no maximum. Please note that it is preferable if you can commit to at least 6 weeks for an internship.
Will I live near my internship organisation?
Yes, we always place interns as near to their organisation as possible. We’ll also make sure you know how to get there efficiently and safely.
Will there be other interns at my internship organisation?
As we work with over 450 local organisations in Cape Town, and we find you an internship based completely on your personal interests and goals, it is unlikely that there will be another Bridging Gaps intern at the organisation you work for. However, there may be other local or international interns from other organisations like ourselves.
What type of work will I be doing during my internship?
The types of tasks and projects you will have as an intern depends on the internship organisation you choose. We base our customised placement search on your personal and professional goals and we do our best to match you up with the most suitable local organisation. Each internship offer we send you contains information on the organisation in question and the types of responsibilities you could have as an intern.
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