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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 Event Management internships in Cape Town?
We facilitate a wide range of exciting event management internships in some of Cape Town’s most up and coming, vibrant companies. Opportunities are available in the fields of tourism, corporate, film, music, wedding and NGO work.
Gaining hands on experience in the field of event management is essential, and all the organisations we work with, want to give you the opportunity to build on your skills and use your creativity to contribute to the seamless delivery of inspiring events.
As an events management intern you could be involved in planning and delivering conferences, cultural events, exhibitions, fundraising events, music festivals, parties, weddings or product launches. Internship responsibilities could include liaising with clients, creating proposals, researching venues and suppliers, assisting marketing, managing pre-event planning and assisting with coordination during the event.
Read on for a full overview of the best event management internships in Africa.
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“If you are searching for a way to experience not only what Cape Town has to offer but also gaining work experience and being guided by fantastic mentors, I would strongly recommend Bridging Gaps.”
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Event Management Internship Key Skills:
- Time management
- Negotiation and budget management
- Project management
- Problem solving
- IT skills
Academic & Career Benefits
- Gain hands on experience in the field of events management and kick start your successful career.
- Demonstrate to future employers that you are passionate, adaptable and driven by gaining professional, international work experience.
- Build an impressive portfolio of work to use in future job applications.
- Benefit from the guidance of experienced professionals and use their ideas to inspire your future work.
Ideal Internship Applicant
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Proficient in English.
- A creative and innovative thinker.
- Some previous experience in planning or facilitating events would be beneficial.
- Use your skills and creativity to help create and facilitate rewarding events.
- Develop impressive skills to add to your CV and market yourself successfully to future employers.
- Create a professional portfolio of work to take with you to job interviews.
- Gain valuable work experience in the dynamic and vibrant city of Cape Town.
- Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime and make life long friends!
- 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 Event Management Internship
Throughout the internship interns will have the chance to interact and work with team members, clients, suppliers and guests and they will have to maintain professionalism in all circumstances. Intern’s written and verbal communication skills will also be developed through the creation of proposals and email communication with suppliers and contractors.
Interns will have the opportunity to learn and assist with the marketing of events via social media channels and paid advertising campaigns. Interns will learn how to manage online campaigns, analyse target markets and engage with companies to attract sponsorships.
Interns will be required to carry out a number of tasks at the same time and they will have to pay attention to detail in every aspect of their work.
Interns will gain experience in project management by assisting in the seamless delivery of events. They will have the opportunity to manage contractors and staff and see a project through from start to finish.
Negotiation and budget management
Through working alongside experienced professionals; interns will learn how to negotiate the best price for venues, suppliers and contractors. They will also learn the importance of budget awareness and individual client’s needs.
Interns will learn how to create proposals and display data using a range of computer programmes.
Interns will be required to think on their feet and come up with creative solutions to a variety of problems during the planning stages and delivery of events.
Interns will hone their ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines to ensure the efficient running of an event.
Typical 8 Week Event Management 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 event management 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 event management company, 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.
Event Management Internships Frequently Asked Questions
What will I wear for my internship?
Appropriate work attire is specific to each organisation we work with but, in general you will find that you can wear more casual clothes than what you are used to back home. There are only a few placements which will require you to wear formal work clothes, and we will let you know if this applies to you. We suggest that for your first day you dress smartly, and then you will be able to gauge what appropriate attire is going forward. For most volunteer placements you will be able to wear casual clothes, however revealing clothes of any kind are not suitable for any placement.
Is there an age limit for this internship?
The minimum age you have to be to join our programmes is 18. The average age of our Bridging Gaps interns and volunteers is 21-26.
What types of events will I get to work on?
This depends on your internship organisation which we match you up with based on your personal interests and goals. As an events management intern you could be involved in planning and delivering conferences, cultural events, exhibitions, fundraising events, music festivals, parties, weddings or product launches and opportunities are available in weddings, music, corporate, film, tourism and NGO work.
Will I have to plan and facilitate an event on my own?
Absolutely not! All the local companies we work with provide excellent support and guidance for their interns and you will be working alongside a team of experienced professionals.
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