International Trade Internships In Cape Town
2017 & 2018
The best International Trade internships in Cape Town?
Our international trade internships in Cape Town provide you with the opportunity to broaden your horizons, add to your CV, launch your global career and build a global network of influential contacts.
By interning in one of Cape Town’s leading international trade companies, you will gain an insight into how different cultural practices, values and government laws, can influence trade on a global scale.
Interns will gain experience in international trade policy, licensing and compliance, sourcing suppliers, coordinating products along the supply chain and entry into consumer markets.
Read on for a full overview of the best international trade internships in Africa.
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International Trade Internship Key Skills:
- Written and verbal communication
- Problem solving
- Knowledge of current import and export laws and regulations.
- Cross cultural communication
Academic & Career Benefits
- Demonstrate to future employers that you have a real understanding of how cultures, values and governmental laws can impact international trade.
- Gain valuable work experience in a fast paced professional environment.
- Expand your academic, personal and professional learning.
- Gain a real insight into what a career in international trade would entail and build a valuable network of contacts.
- Learn from experienced mentors.
- Gain an in depth understanding of all aspects of trade processes.
Ideal Internship Applicant
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Proficient in English.
- Basic understanding of the economics of international trade.
- Acquire in-depth, holistic understanding of international trade.
- Create a strong network of global contacts.
- Gain practical experience in all aspects of export-import trade processes.
- Build your CV with professional, international work experience and stand out from the crowd to future employers.
- Receive on going career advice from our friendly and experienced 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 International Trade Internship
Written and verbal communication
Intern’s communication skills will be honed through the construction of reports, liaising with clients and suppliers and collaboration with colleagues.
Interns will learn the importance of working as a team; sharing credit and blame, giving and receiving feedback and tackling problems together.
Interns will be exposed to a variety of international trade issues and be trained in creating solutions to the problems. They will learn how to identify risks such as currency exchanges, political instability, and economic issues and learn how to manage them effectively.
Interns will be required to research international markets, monitor trade regulations and stay up to date with market expectations and consumer demands.
Cross cultural communication
Throughout the internship interns will collaborate with people from different backgrounds and countries. They will learn the importance of diplomacy and gain an appreciation for cultural differences when it comes to communication and negotiation.
Interns will gain a valuable insight into the process of negotiating contracts.
Typical 8 Week International Trade 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 international trade 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 international trade 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.
International Trade Internships Frequently Asked Questions
What type of work will I be doing during my internship?
As an international trade intern you will gain experience in international trade policy, licensing and compliance, sourcing suppliers, coordinating products along the supply chain and entry into consumer markets.
What if I don’t like me internship when I start it?
As we do everything we can to ensure that your placement will be the right fit for you, we hope that this will not be the case. However, if when you start your placement you really feel that you will not benefit from working in your chosen organisation, we can make arrangements to find you a new placement.
We ask that you give at least a week to try out your role, because often it can take time to settle in to your organisation and be given proper responsibilities. If after this time you still feel you will not gain from the experience, we will make arrangements to find you another placement.
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.
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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