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Our internship programmes are rated 9.5/10 overall based on 37 recent reviews.
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My internship with CTEET was fantastic! I loved being a part of the project. The people I met were so welcoming and friendly.
Bridging Gaps were so helpful with advice before departure and upon arriving in Cape Town. Throughout my internship they continuously checked that I was happy and enjoying it. Very grateful to them for making my experience so great.
The best Environmental Science internships in Cape Town?
The Western Cape is home to a wide range of beautiful conservation settings and this means we offer some wonderfully diverse environmental science internship opportunities. We collaborate with some incredible local organisations that focus on a wide range of environmental initiatives and activities.
As in an intern you could be involved in; environmental protection and research, environmental policy, fieldwork, climate change research, report writing, planning and development, sustainable development education and the promoting of sustainable practices in relation to the environment, building visibility and support for your host organisations projects and plant species monitoring and testing.
Our environmental science internships provide you with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the challenges of conservation in a different country, whilst experiencing the natural beauty of the Cape in daily work!
Read on for a full overview of the best environmental science internships in Africa.
What Our Internship Clients Say
“You actually listened to me and what I wanted to do for an internship and you answered every question I had. Some of the other companies I spoke to didn’t listen to me- they weren’t that helpful. You were so lovely when I spoke to you I immediately knew I wanted to go with Bridging Gaps and I am so glad I did!”
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Environmental Science Internship Key Skills:
- Critical thinking
- Self discipline
- Team work
- IT and technical
- Industry specific knowledge
- Research and analytical
- Fieldwork and identification skills
Academic & Career Benefits
- Work under and learn from some incredibly experienced conservation and environmental science professionals.
- Improve your understanding of global environmental issues and the challenges of conservation in a different country.
- Discover more about your passions, strengths and weaknesses and gain a better understanding of what a career in the field of environmental science would entail.
- Gain impressive, practical, international work experience to add to your CV.
Ideal Internship Applicant
- A good knowledge and understanding of current environmental issues.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Proficient in English.
- A passion for conservation and the environment.
- Some previous research or fieldwork experience would be beneficial.
- Develop crucial skills needed to kick start your successful career in environmental science.
- Gain valuable, practical work experience in a range of incredible conservation settings.
- Explore and experience the beauty of Cape Town in your daily work.
- Live and socialise with other like-minded people looking for an adventure of a life time!
- Receive unparalleled support and guidance from our Bridging Gaps team.
- 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 Environmental Science Internship
Interns will practice problem solving by weighing up the pros and cons of potential solutions to varies environmental issues.
Interns will be required to work well in a team environment and comprehend instructions quickly.
Interns will hone their verbal communication and writing skills through the presentation of research findings with colleagues.
IT and technical skills
Interns will learn how to use computer programs and statistical applications to manipulate and display data.
On occasions interns will be required to work independently with minimal supervision and they will have to manage their workload effectively.
Research and analytical skills
Interns will develop their research skills through the reading of scientific journals and articles, as well as learning how to analyze data and summarize and report results.
Industry specific knowledge
Interns will develop their knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues throughout their internship. They will also gain a valuable insight into the challenges of conservation on an international scale.
Fieldwork and identification skills
Interns will learn new and improve their existing fieldwork techniques. They will also learn how to quickly and accurately identify a variety of species in their internship conservation setting and record their findings for future analysis.
Typical 8 Week Environmental Science 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 environmental science 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 environmental science 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.
Environmental Science Internships Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be enrolled in school or university to do this internship?
No you do not. Bridging Gaps Programmes are suitable for people looking for Gap Year opportunities abroad, post-graduate international work experience and meaningful career breaks. They are also ideal for university students looking to gain academic credit.
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 daily projects and tasks you will be involved in during your internship depends largely on your individual internship organisation, which we find for you based on your personal and professional goals. However, some general activities you can expect to be involved in as an environmental science intern include; carrying out field work, researching environmental issues and solutions, creating proposals, liaising with clients, researching policy changes, delivering educational workshops, promoting initiatives and working on fundraising, analysing data and identifying species.
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.
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