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Our internship programmes are rated 9.5/10 overall based on 37 recent reviews.
Recent Programme Reviews (all subject areas)
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 NPO and NGO internships in Cape Town?
We collaborate with over 200 local NGO and NPO’s in Cape Town in need of assistance from passionate interns who want to discover more about South Africa, learn about themselves and make a difference in local communities.
Our internships provide you with the opportunity to gain international work experience in the operations and administration of an inspirational NGO.
As an intern you could assist with managing donations, arranging fundraising events, conducting fieldwork, managing relationships with local communities, implementing policy changes, managing social media channels, facilitating community based projects, creating newsletters, managing corporate partners and assisting with operations.
We partner with a wide range of NGO’s focused on; the promotion of women’s rights, anti-trafficking, refugee rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, youth development, social work, equal education, economic development, sustainable development, wildlife rehabilitation and protection, social justice and improved healthcare.
Read on for a full overview of the best NPO and NGO internships in Africa
What Our Internship Clients Say
“With their warm and friendly welcome at the airport my mentors took away all my nervousness. I felt comfortable and well looked after from the very first moment on.”
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NPO & NGO Internship Key Skills:
- Digital marketing
- Creativity and innovative thinking
- Business acumen
- Data skills
Academic & Career Benefits
- Boost your CV with valuable international work experience.
- Make influential contacts that could assist you in any stage of your career.
- Contribute to the amazing work of an inspirational NGO of your choice and explore your passions and strengths.
- Challenge yourself and improve your self-development.
- Demonstrate your adaptability, dedication and passion to future employers.
- Gain a valuable insight into what a career in an NGO really entails and make more informed career decisions.
Ideal Internship Applicant
- Proficient in English.
- Proactive and self-motivated.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Passionate about helping others.
- Participate in a meaningful and rewarding internship placement.
- Make a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of South African society.
- Gain an important insight into the operations of an NGO and add valuable work experience to your CV.
- Work for an inspirational local NGO of your choice and make a valuable contribution to their projects.
- Enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!
- 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 NPO & NGO Internship
Interns will gain experience in digital marketing and could have the chance to manage social media channels, create online marketing campaigns and work on SEO and website development.
Interns will learn the importance of being able to adapt to different situations and projects because no two days in an NGO are ever the same. The NGO’s we collaborate with are focused on helping different groups of disadvantaged people so it is crucial to remember that their needs dictate the projects and daily tasks.
Intern’s writing skills will be honed through the drafting of reports, creating press releases, writing grant proposals, emailing partners and drafting newsletters.
Interns will develop their knowledge of accounting, finance, information systems, advertising and marketing and build their business skills. Interns will also be required to keep up to date with current news affairs around the world.
Creativity and innovative thinking
Interns will have the chance to create events and campaigns to communicate the objectives of and sell the organisation they are working for. Interns will also have the chance to put forward ideas on how to improve outreach programmes, fundraising campaigns and general operations.
Interns will have the chance to collaborate with people from very diverse backgrounds such as; community members, colleagues, government officials and corporate partners. They will learn how to effectively communicate their ideas to each party whilst keeping their individual needs in mind at all times.
Interns will develop their data skills by conducting research and they will be trained in how to collect and analyse data efficiently and effectively. They will also learn how to use their results to measure social impact and establish new projects and grant proposals.
Intern’s will be required to work on multiple projects at one time and they will have to manage their time accordingly.
Typical 8 Week NPO & NGO 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 NPO or NGO 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 NPO or NGO organisation, with building 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.
NPO & NGO Internships Frequently Asked Questions
What type of NGO will I be working for?
As we base our placement search completely on your personal and professional goals, the type of NGO you will intern for depends on your individual interests. Some of the local organisations we collaborate with focus on; healthcare, education, women’s rights, refugee rights, social justice, sustainable development, economic development, wildlife and youth development and social work.
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.
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.
Is there a chance of being offered a paid position at the end of my internship?
This very much depends on how you perform during your internship and your internship company itself. In the past we have had one or two interns who have been offered permanent positions in their internship organisation so if you make a great impression, this could be you! Many of the companies we work with do not have the resources to be able to employ people in paid positions though so there is no guarantee of this happening.
How will I get to and from my internship every day?
This depends on where your internship organisation is located. The majority of the local organisations we work with are situated in the centre of Cape Town and therefore you will be able to walk to your internship each day. Alternatively you could use the MyCiti bus system or get a private taxi. In all cases we will accompany you to your first few days of your internship until you are 100% happy taking the route on your own.
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