Hospitality and Tourism Internships In Cape Town
2019 & 2020
The best hospitality and tourism internships in Cape Town?
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 and hospitality internships. We collaborate with a large number of backpackers, hotels, guest houses, travel companies and adventure & tour operators that offer opportunities in reservations, guiding, operations, events and general management.
Our tourism and hospitality 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 and hospitality internships in Africa.
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Hospitality & Tourism Internship Key Skills:
- Customer service
- Cultural awareness
- Time management and organisational
- Communication and interpersonal
- Networking and client management
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.
- 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 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 Hospitality & Tourism Internship
Interns will learn the importance of meeting customers’ expectations and earning positive feedback. Interns will be required to deal with a variety of customer requests and ensure their clients are happy at all times.
Communication and interpersonal
Interns communication skills will be honed through regular interactions with clients from a variety of backgrounds, of all different ages and with very different characters. Interns will also collaborate with a team of colleagues and will be required to communicate their ideas efficiently and effectively.
Throughout the internships interns will interact with customers and colleagues from around the world and with very different cultural backgrounds. Interns will gain an understanding of different customs, beliefs and perceptions and they will be required to ensure that despite cultural differences, their customers are comfortable and happy at all times.
Networking and client management
Interns will learn the importance of building a loyal cliental and they will gain a valuable insight into the challenges and rewards of guest relations.
Intern’s ability to multitask will be challenged and their time management skills will improve. Interns will have to manage a number of responsibilities and tasks at the same time whilst ensuring they complete everything on time and to the best of their ability.
Interns gain an insight into budgeting, staff management, food and beverage management, risk assessment and many more aspects of management.
Interns will gain an understanding of local resources whilst assisting with all levels of operations such as ordering stock, managing guest arrivals and arranging tours and activities.
Interns will be trained to use industry specific computer software such as reservations and ordering systems.
Typical 8 Week Hospitality & Tourism 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 hospitality & tourism 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 hospitality & tourism 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.
Hospitality and Tourism Internships Frequently Asked Questions
What will I get at the end of my internship?
We will provide you with a certificate of participation and you will also receive a reference letter from your internship supervisor at your host organisation which you can use for future job interviews.
Will I be living close to my internship?
This depends on your personal internship organisation. Some of the hotels and guest houses we collaborate with provide free accommodation to their interns. If this is not the case with your internship organisation, 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 using public transport.
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.
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.
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