Intern in South Africa

Cape Town is a beautiful, lively seaside city – why not explore all South Africa has to offer by combining a 4 to 12 week professional internship with the benefits of travelling in a country known for adventure and fun!

Program Overview

We offer a massive variety of internship opportunities in Cape Town for 4 to 12 weeks – from advertising, education, hospitality, marketing, film, photography and TV, to human rights, social justice, music, theatre and dance, nutrition, environmental science and IT. You will immerse yourself in South African culture though your professional work experience and personal exploration of the city and surrounds.

Custom-Designed Internship Placement
After reviewing your application materials and considering your internship goals, our team in Cape Town will create a custom internship placement for you. CISaustralia will match you with a local organisation that will help you achieve your professional and academic goals.

Living in Cape Town
You will receive your own furnished single room within a house that is shared with other international interns. You will encounter a dynamic group of fellow interns who are willing to explore the city with you in your leisure time. Throughout your stay, you will also have the support of our amazing Site Director to welcome, support and assist you on the ground.

All houses are located in the vibrant neighbourhood of Observatory, Cape Town, which is located 6km from the Cape Town CBD and 3km from the University of Cape Town main campus. Observatory is a very friendly neighbourhood with great cafes, restaurants and bars.

Adventure Awaits

South Africa is regarded by many as the adventure capital of the world. Imagine experiencing a safari seeing the Big 5 (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) in the flesh – this is what childhood dreams are made of. If the Big 5 are on the tame side for you, perhaps consider diving with great white sharks or jumping from one of the highest commercially operated bungee jumps in the world! Yes that is correct – you can do this and more in South Africa (not that we are recommending you swim with sharks or go jumping off 216m bridges – but some people love it!).


Some highlights of this program include:

  • Overseas internship placement that is customised according to your academic and professional goals
  • Live in Cape Town, considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities in the world
  • Comprehensive 2-day program orientation and tour of Cape Town
  • Weekly program activities and excursions (from surfing to wine tasting)
  • Participation in our South Africa Culture Series (learn about Xhosa language, culture and food)
  • Flexible duration: 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks
  • Customised healthcare placements allow you to work alongside qualified medical professionals at one of Cape Town’s public health projects or community medical clinics
  • Moderate climate year-round
  • Opportunities to connect with international interns and students at CISaustralia activities. Don’t feel like you are just working – there is so much to see and do outside of your placement hours
  • Career coaching
  • Unique transfer of knowledge and development of local culture understanding

COVID Safe Travel

The health and safety of our students is our highest priority. We take our duty of care for our students, their families and our Australian University partners seriously. For all of our program locations, we have developed a site-specific COVID-19 risk matrix and risk management and emergency response plans so that health and safety response protocols are monitored, managed and communicated.

We have also developed a flexible COVID-19 Refund Policy that limits the financial impact on students should CISaustralia (or one of our overseas partners) have to cancel or suspend a program due to COVID-19.

In preparation for your overseas program, it’s important that you carefully read and understand information related to COVID-19 Travel Safety and Insurance Requirements.

CISaustralia monitors Smartraveller and reliable news feeds to keep up to date with the latest COVID information and any associated travel restrictions and entry requirements for all destinations where we have programs. Due to the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, Government travel advice can change quickly. For the most up to date information on South Africa, visit the Smartraveller website.


CISaustralia offers customised internship placements in the following fields*:


  • Accounting
  • Finance & Venture Capital
  • Marketing
  • Start-ups


Human Rights

  • Law
  • Refugee Rights
  • Social Justice


  • Counseling & Psychology
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy

Environmental Conservation

Film Industry

  • Commercial Film Production
  • Commercial Photography Production
  • Film Editing
  • Production Assistant

Journalism & Communications


  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Web marketing, development and strategy

Social Work

*Please note: due to changing business conditions and needs of local businesses, we cannot guarantee that all these internships will be available. We do, however, try to find the best match for your career needs.

**Healthcare Placements:

Learn about the South African healthcare system through a 4- or 6-week internship while working alongside qualified medical professionals at one of Cape Town’s public health projects or community medical clinics. Whether looking to gain experience shadowing doctors and other healthcare professionals in a rural clinic, or an internship that involves a specialised field such as dentistry, CISaustralia works to place interns at a site where they will receive an experience relevant to their professional objectives. The overall experience gives students first-hand access to South Africa’s public healthcare system.

These are observational placements (i.e., not clinical, hands-on) located primarily in township clinics, not hospitals. Interns will be supervised by nurses as well as shadow and interact with qualified doctors. A typical internship is 25-32 hours per week at public health and medical sites. Available from November to February only. Contact CISaustralia for upcoming availability.


Every week, you will have the opportunity to travel to a different location in Cape Town to learn more about the city and its beautiful culture. The week’s activities are announced every Tuesday, as weather conditions must be taken into account when planning each excursion. Some popular activities include: surfing, hiking, wine tasting, volunteering at community gardens, attending a play/show, sunset cruises in Table Bay Harbour and more. Your CISaustralia program fee covers your participation in these excursions.


Internships in South Africa are offered in Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa. Surrounded by beautiful Table Mountain, Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city with close access to nature, professional rugby, soccer and beaches!

Located on the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East AfricaIndia and the Far EastJan van Riebeeck‘s arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Today it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.

The city was named the World Design Capital for 2014 by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design. In 2018, Cape Town has an estimated population of 3.78 million according to UN projections.


CISaustralia interns will live in fully-furnished, shared accommodation in residences located in the colourful and vibrant neighbourhood of Observatory, Cape Town. Each intern will have their own fully furnished, private room in a house or apartment that is shared with other housemates. Program housing is clean, secure and will give participants the opportunity to live with other interns. Shared housing provides a friendly and social atmosphere. All accommodation is conveniently located close to grocery stores, restaurants and public transportation.

Academic Credit

An added bonus to your CISaustralia internship is that many universities in Australia will recognise your internship and grant you academic credit. Many progressive universities recognise high-quality internships as part of an elective course, a practical experience element of your degree studies and/or a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.

If you are interested in gaining academic credit for your internship towards your degree at your university in Australia, you should apply for pre-approved academic credit at your home university. Contact your International Office, Academic Advisor/Head of Department or Careers Office to see if this option is available.

CISaustralia will work with you, your university’s Careers Office and academic staff within your faculty to try and secure academic credit for this program towards your degree.

CISaustralia can provide a certificate of participation for every placement. Please contact us for more information.

Program Fee & Dates

Customised Internship (4-12 weeks)
This program is available on set start dates (only). Application deadline is 90 days prior to commencement. Please see specific start dates below or enquire for upcoming availability. Healthcare placements may also available for 4 or 6 weeks. Contact CISaustralia for more information.
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,599 - 7,499
OS-HELP A$ 7,100
October 2022 (4-6 weeks)
Interns must start on the specified start date and can choose from 4 or 6 weeks.
Arrival Date30 October 2022
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,599 - 5,999
OS-HELP A$ 7,100
January 2023 (4-12 weeks)
Interns must start on the specified start date and can choose from 4 to 12 weeks.
Arrival Date15 January 2023
Application FeeA$ 95
Program Fee A$ 5,599 - 7,499
OS-HELP A$ 7,100


Program fees include the following:
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • Accommodation
  • On-site orientation
  • Program risk matrix and COVID-19 risk assessment
  • Risk Management and Emergency Response Plan
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)

What is not included:

Please note that no internship placement is ever guaranteed, even after acceptance into the program. CISaustralia is in constant communication with each candidate providing ongoing updates on final placement confirmation and associated organisational opportunities.

Please do not book flights until you have received the dates in your acceptance paperwork and you are confirmed on the program.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partners.


1. Is a passport or visa required? How and when do I apply for my passport and visa?

It is a requirement of entry to any international destination to have a valid passport. It is important to remember that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months PAST your return date. To apply for a passport visit Australia Post to collect an application or learn more at:

Passport application forms can be filled in and printed online, but not lodged. You will need to sign the completed application form in black ink and lodge it at the time of your personal interview, together with all of the supporting documentation listed on the application form. In Australia most forms are lodged at Australia Post outlets.

Visas are specific to the destination, please check with trained counselling staff at CISaustralia for further information.

2. Where will I be staying during my internship?

Accommodation is provided as part of your internship. This is often shared accommodation or a single room in a shared apartment. Please see the ‘Accommodation’ tab of the internship you are interested in to learn more.

3. Will there be other students with me in the program, and if so, how many?

CISaustralia programs are a great way to not only meet local and international students but also others from Australia on a similar intern journey as you. We often have U.S. students on intern placements through our partners in the United States. Depending on the year, intern program sizes will vary. Often flexibility is the key! If you need more information on specific program sizes, please contact us.

4. Will I be paid during my internship?

You won’t get paid but the experience is priceless. Your resume will look outstanding and you will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Professional internships are invaluable experiences, and educational and resume-building programs that will greatly enhance your employment prospects when you return home. Some universities will also offer academic credit for your internship. Check with your home university in Australia.

5. How do you match me with businesses and organisations?

Matching you to the best available internship is crucial to the success of the program. We take a detailed look at your interests, goals and skills and match you accordingly with businesses and organisations that fit your needs. This is why the application process is so crucial. Here you will nominate your top two areas of interest and we will also conduct an interview with you through our Program Coordinator or on-site team to help us achieve the best placement. Once you have paid your internship deposit, our team will move ahead with placing you with the best match in one of your two chosen fields of interest.

6. I am thinking of an internship in my major – is this possible?

It is possible and wherever possible, we go even further to individualise your placement to truly match your major. For sample placements take a look at the ‘Placements’ tab.

7. Is the internship matching deposit necessary?

It is necessary for one very important reason. It shows your commitment to the program, not just to us but also potential businesses and organisations that we are approaching on your behalf. When you’ve paid the deposit we can confidently approach these businesses on your behalf to find the best possible match. It is not an extra fee – the internship deposit is part of your overall program payment.

Adventure Awaits

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