Professional Social Work & Youth Development Internships in Cape Town.

Are you an ambitious social work & youth development student ready to turbo-charge your career?
Set yourself apart from your peers with our value-packed social work & youth development internship programmes.

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Professional Social Work & Youth Development Internships in Cape Town.

Are you an ambitious social Work & Youth development student ready to turbo-charge your career?
Set yourself apart from your peers with our value-packed social Work & Youth development internship programmes.


Professional Social Work & Youth Development Internships in Cape Town.


Are you an ambitious social work & youth development student ready to turbo-charge your career?
Set yourself apart from your peers with our value-packed social work & youth development internship programmes.

ENQUIRE NOW

The best Social Work & Youth Development internships in Cape Town?


The best social work and youth development internships in Cape Town? We think so. We pride ourselves on delivering customised internship placements and on the ground support that offer life-changing, valuable professional experiences.

Our youth development and social work programmes provide you with the opportunity to use your existing skills and experience to support some of the most disadvantaged members of South African society.  We collaborate with a wide range of inspiring local organisations and care homes focused on providing children from disadvantaged backgrounds with education, safety, fun, counselling, medical care, empowerment and most importantly, love and attention.

Doing a social work or youth development internship will give you the chance to positively impact the lives of those who need it the most, whilst working alongside some of the most experienced professionals in the field, who are trained to deal with challenging situations on a daily basis.

We collaborate with children’s homes, NGO’s, community centres, schools, hospitals and many more inspiring local organisations.

Read on for a full overview of the best social work and youth development internships in Africa

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Social Work & Youth Development Internship Key Skills:

  • Communication
  • Social skills
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Self-awareness
  • Organisation
  • An understanding of young people
  • Knowledge of law
  • Active listening
  • Respect and cultural awareness

Academic & Career Benefits

  • Learn from highly experienced professionals in your field.
  • Gain valuable exposure to the field of social work in South Africa and apply classroom theory to real world situations.
  • Demonstrate to future employers that you are dedicated, resilient and adaptable by adding valuable, international youth and social work to your CV.
  • Discover where your strengths and passions lie.
  • Gain practical experience and earn academic credit.

Ideal Internship Applicant

  • Proficient in English.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Confident and good interpersonal skills.
  • Compassionate and dedicated to working with children.

Programme highlights:

  • Work alongside knowledgeable and highly accomplished professionals in your field.
  • Make a difference in the lives of children who need your care and attention the most.
  • Help to improve the quality of life and the futures of some of South Africa’s most disadvantaged youth.
  • Demonstrate your dedication and passion for working with children and impress future employers.
  • Challenge yourself and work on your self-awareness, patience and empathy.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completed (or will have completed) A2-Levels or equivalent
  • Minimum of 4 weeks duration, no maximum
  • Not a resident of South Africa

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Key Skills Developed Through Our Social Work & Youth Development Internship

Social skills

Intern’s social skills will be honed and they will learn the importance of always showing respect, appreciation and compassion to the children, local communities and colleagues they work with.

Self-awareness

Intern’s will develop their self-awareness and self-esteem and gain an understanding of how this can impact on their relationships with the children they work with.

Communication skills

Interns will learn how to build trusting relationships with the children they work with and obtain information from them that is relevant to their needs. This requires great listening and verbal communication skills, as well as the effective use of body language and complete control over their own emotions. Interns will also be required to write reports and effectively communicate the specific needs of children to other care workers.

An understanding of young people-

Interns will develop a comprehensive understanding of young people and how different things can affect their lives. Interns will gain experience in building relationships, always showing compassion, having patience, never showing judgement and empathising with children from a variety of backgrounds.

Problem solving and critical thinking

Intern’s will develop their ability to solve unexpected problems using the resources available to them. Interns will be exposed to very different situations to what they are used to and they will be required to adapt, appreciate cultural differences and think on their feet.

Personal development

Interns will be challenged on a daily basis and they will develop their emotional intelligence and stability. They will also have the chance to explore their strengths and capacities whilst taking part in extremely meaningful work.

Knowledge of law

Interns will develop a basic knowledge of child protection and care policies in South Africa.

Active listening

Interns will learn how to listen effectively. They will gain an insight into the importance of being fully engaged in every conversation and interaction they have and establishing trust and respect. Interns will learn how to ensure the children they work with feel understood and affirmed.

Organisation

Interns will develop their ability to prioritise cases, and their time, according to the urgency of the children’s and client’s needs. Interns will also have to complete multiple tasks at any given time and they will learn the importance of excellent organisation.

Respect and cultural awareness

Interns will have the chance to work with children and clients from very diverse backgrounds and they will learn the importance of being culturally responsive and showing everyone respect.

Typical 8 Week Social Work & Youth Development 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 social work or youth development 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 social work or youth development 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.

Social Work & Youth Development Internships Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

What type of work will I be involved in during my internship?

This depends on your internship organisation and your existing experience.  Some of the tasks you could be involved in as a social work or youth development intern include; facilitating workshops in schools, assisting with group and individual counselling sessions, arranging activity days and fundraising events, accompanying children on hospital visits, community outreach, liaising with other care workers, creating treatment plans, playing with and reading to children, conducting research and writing proposals.

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.


Turbo Charge Your Career

Discover how your internship will help boost your job prospects.


Or
Know a student that would benefit from this internship? Join our Referral programme.

Turbo Charge Your Career

Discover how your internship will boost your career prospects.


Or
Know a student that would benefit from this internship? Join our Referral programme.