Advertising, Marketing and Communications Internships in Cape Town
2020 & 2021
The best advertising, marketing and communications internships in Cape Town
Whether you are looking to build up your CV and gain experience by working for a large marketing agency, or expand and use your existing skills to assist a grass roots NPO, we have a wide variety of exciting advertising, marketing and communications roles in Cape Town for you to explore. Our internships give you the chance to work in a fast paced, professional environment and help set the foundations for your career.
As an intern in this field you could be involved in; SEO management, marketing campaigns and strategies, social media management, web development, company promotions and announcements, commercial awareness, market research and data collection, designing media materials and attending networking events.
Read on for a full overview of the best advertising, marketing and communications internships in Africa.
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Advertising & Marketing Key Skills:
- IT and technical
- Project management
- Problem solving
- Time management
- Commercial awareness
Academic & Career Benefits
- Develop valuable skills which will impress graduate recruiters and kick start your career in advertising, marketing or communications.
- Showcase your marketing knowledge by building a professional portfolio of work and strong online presence.
- Benefit from the guidance and supervision of experienced colleagues.
- Gain real world work experience in a dynamic and professional environment.
- Make influential contacts that could assist you in any stage of your career.
Ideal Internship Applicant
- Has an interest in advertising, marketing or communications.
- Has experience using different social media channels.
- Excellent written and spoken English.
- Good writing skills.
- Complete an internship in one of Cape Town’s leading marketing or advertising agencies.
- Gain valuable work experience and build an impressive CV.
- Enjoy working in a professional environment that has been hand picked for you based on your personal and professional goals.
- Benefit from a personal mentor whose goal is to ensure you have the most rewarding and enjoyable time possible.
- Experience the beauty of Cape Town for yourself!
- 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 advertising, marketing and communications internships:
IT and technical skills
Interns will learn how to collate, store and present market data effectively using computer technology. They will use word processors, spreadsheets and other applications on a regular basis.
Interns will be involved in a range of projects during their internship, which they will oversee from starting point to completion. They will develop management skills to help projects keep to budget and time.
Interns will be required to write and design content for marketing materials and press releases. Throughout their internship they will have the chance to contribute innovative ideas in the planning stages of campaigns.
Interns will learn how to successfully interpret written, verbal and visual communications.
Interpersonal and communication skills
Interns will learn how to express consumer and client needs to members of their team so that these needs can be translated into a marketing campaign. Interns will have the chance to work with people from a variety of departments within an organisation, resulting in excellent communication skills.
During their placement interns will develop an understanding of the market, consumer needs, what makes a marketing campaign successful and business requirements of clients.
Organisation and time management skills
Interns will learn how to work on multiple projects and campaigns and at the same time which will hone organisation skills. Throughout their internship they will also be required to work to deadlines and manage their time effectively.
Typical 8 Week Advertising, Marketing & communications 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 advertsing, marketing or communications 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 advertising, marketing or communications company with experience and lifelong friendships.
Now share it with the world!
* 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.
Advertising, marketing & communications Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of advertising or marketing firm will I work with?
We only work with Cape Town’s best organisations. When it comes to finding you an advertising, marketing or communications role, expect to work in a dynamic, forward thinking and reputable company. We will find you the best possible company based entirely on your personal and professional goals.
Is there a minimum time for an advertising, marketing or communications Internship?
Yes, we provide 2+ week internships and there is no maximum. However, some of the companies we collaborate with only accept interns who can commit to at least 4 weeks so, the longer you can stay, the better!
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 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 advertising, marketing or communications experience to do this internship?
Not necessarily. The organisations look at a lot more than experience, they are looking for people that will help them achieve their goals. So, demonstrate good character and skills, and you’ll be in with a great chance of being selected. Previous experience in the field is always beneficial though!
What type of work will I be doing during my internship?
Interns can expect to be involved in a variety of projects and tasks depending on their internship organisation. Some responsibilities you could have as an intern include; SEO management, marketing campaigns and strategies, social media management, company promotions and announcements, market research and data collection, designing media materials and attending events.
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