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The best engineering internships in Cape Town?
We collaborate with some of the leading engineering firms in South Africa, and can facilitate opportunities in a number of areas: civil, mechanical, industrial, chemical or electrical engineering.
Our internship programme enables you to gain valuable on the job experience, build up professional work samples for your CV, explore your personal interests and strengths and gain an understanding of your industry in an international setting.
Completing an engineering internship with Bridging Gaps will also help narrow your focus and advise you about the context of your career, which is important in such a broad field.
Read on for a full overview of the best engineering internships in Africa.
What Our Internship Clients Say
“You have a great balance of being professional and being friendly at the same time. You have been professional at all the right times but also fun to spend time with especially on the weekly social events which I have loved!”
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Engineering Internship Key Skills:
- Technical knowledge
- Analytical skills
- Creative thinking
- Attention to detail
- Computer modelling
Academic & Career Benefits
- Gain practical work experience in a professional environment.
- Enhance your CV with impressive international experience.
- Apply your classroom taught knowledge to real life situations.
- Build up professional samples of work to add to your CV.
- Work in one of South Africa’s leading engineering firms.
- Learn from knowledgeable and experienced professionals in your field.
Ideal Internship Applicant
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Proficient in English.
- Either currently studying or have been accepted to study a field of engineering at university.
- Creative thinker
- Gain professional work experience in one of South Africa’s leading engineering firms.
- Add impressive industry related skills to your CV and stand out from the crowd in future job interviews.
- Work alongside highly accomplished professionals in your field.
- Explore your passions and strengths and make more informed career decisions.
- Have an unforgettable experience of a life time!
- 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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Key Skills Developed Through Our Engineering Internship
Interns will develop their technical knowledge and expertise and gain an understanding of how to apply this to solving practical, real life problems.
Interns will be required to come up with innovative and creative solutions to a variety of problems.
Interns will learn the importance of team work and building good relationships with the team of engineers, contractors, builders, architects, clients and other third parties they get to work with.
Attention to detail
Interns will gain a valuable insight into the details that have to be thought through and planned out during all processes of any given engineering project. They will learn the importance of possessing a high level of attention to detail to ensure nothing goes wrong or is forgotten.
Interns will develop their problem solving skills and practice approaching every task with an analytical mind. Interns will learn how to test solutions and analyse outcomes so that they are able to effectively and efficiently implement plans that minimise risk.
Interns will have the chance to collaborate with engineers, clients, contractors and government officials and they will learn how to effectively communicate their ideas with them. Interns will learn when to use technical language and when it is necessary to explain projects in simple English.
Interns will be trained in using computer models to run simulations of larger and more intricate systems and projects. Interns will learn how to use computer models to predict the outcomes of situations and plan projects effectively.
Interns will be required to prioritize tasks and manage their time well. They may have to work on multiple projects at one time and their organisation skills will be honed.
Typical 8 Week Engineering 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 engineering 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 engineering firm, 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.
Engineering Internships Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a chance of being offered a paid position at the end of my internship?
This very much depends on how you perform during your internship and your internship company itself. In the past we have had one or two interns who have been offered permanent positions in their internship organisation so if you make a great impression, this could be you! Many of the companies we work with do not have the resources to be able to employ people in paid positions though so there is no guarantee of this happening.
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 company?
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.
How long will my internship last?
All the internships we offer are completely flexible in duration so it is up to you how long you stay in Cape Town for! Some of the companies we collaborate with like to have an intern commit to at least 4 – 6 weeks so the longer you can stay for the better your chances of being offered an internship will be.
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