Internships in Cape Town with Bridging Gaps!

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Bridging Gaps - Safari
Bridging Gaps - Safari
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Bridging Gaps - Group Safari
Bridging Gaps - Overlooking Lions Head
Bridging Gaps - Overlooking Lions Head
Participants in Bridging Gaps Internships in Cape Town
Participants in Bridging Gaps Internships in Cape Town
Robben Island with Bridging Gaps
Robben Island with Bridging Gaps
Bridging Gaps - Wallies Cave
Bridging Gaps - Wallies Cave
Bridging Gaps - Elephant walk
Bridging Gaps - Elephant walk
Rickidy Bridge - Wine tasting Social
Rickidy Bridge - Wine tasting Social

About

Bridging Gaps is a facilitator of customized, professional internship programmes in the beautiful city of Cape Town. All our programmes are tailored to meet your personal and professional goals and we offer a wide range of opportunities in a number of inspiring local organisations. We are committed to providing each of our participants with a holistic and personal experience of the Mother City, as well as being dedicated to ensuring their adventure runs as smoothly as possible from start to finish!

Here at Bridging Gaps we will facilitate your entire trip. As well as finding you the best suitable placement, we assist with all pre-trip preparations such as booking flights and organising visas, we arrange your accommodation and transport, we collect you from the airport and provide a comprehensive orientation to ensure you settle into life in Cape Town as soon as possible, we accompany you to your first few days of your placement and hold amazing weekend social events!

Highlights
  • All the start dates and durations of our internships are completely flexible.
  • We facilitate internship opportunities in more than 25 different fields of work.
  • We pride ourselves in offering unparalleled on the ground support and guidance to each of our interns.
  • We collaborate with some of Cape Town's most innovative, dynamic and exciting companies.
  • A local mentor to support you in every aspect of life in Cape Town

Popular Programs

Your internship will be based in the Western Cape, which is famous for breathtaking landscapes & coastlines considered home by diverse wildlife. You will have the opportunity to acquire valuable experience in conservation while working with endemic animals. Throughout your time with a conservation organization, you will assist with research work as well as protection & rehabilitation efforts. You will have the chance to team with animal rescue centres as well as game reserves & national parks.

Cape Town is the perfect place to complete an internship focused on social justice and the promotion of human rights. Our customized programmes provide you with the opportunity to support some truly inspirational local organisations. Depending on your skills and interests, we facilitate internships focused on various areas including working with refugees to improve their lives in South Africa and the prevention of human trafficking across Africa.

No matter your area of specialization, we have the right placement for you - botany, ecology, environmental research and protection, medical research, and more! Our biology internships are an ideal platform to apply everything you have learned in a practical setting. You will acquire work experience in a specific area and build up your strengths; ultimately, helping you make more informed career decisions.

Our internships offer you the opportunity to gain international work experience in the operation and administration of an NGO. As an intern, you will assist with various tasks - from managing donations to implementing policy changes. You will work with an organization focused on areas like economic development, the promotion of women’s rights, equal education, anti-trafficking, HIV/AIDS prevention, refugee rights, and improved healthcare.

As a law student embarking on your career, it is essential that you are able to differentiate and market yourself successfully to prospective employers. We provide opportunities in a number of legal settings, from large corporate firms to small NGOs working closely with the government to uphold various human rights foundations. In Cape Town, you will be exposed to different circumstances, policies and government behaviour, which in turn benefits your future career.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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based on 7 reviews
  • Growth 9.7
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 9.9
  • Safety 8.9
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Angeli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cape Town is a must!

Bridging Gaps is definitely the program of choice! They offer so many different programs, I did the human rights program with Regency Foundation Networx. Bridging Gaps did everything possible to make the lead up to my internship as smooth as possible and it was reassuring to know they were there to support me while in Cape Town. They are such lovely people and are always there to help. I learnt so much while doing my internship and there is no better place than Cape Town, a city full of life and activities.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
There are so many things to do in Cape Town and it's really the best time to experience as much as possible. From shark cage diving, snorkelling with seals, safaris to sky diving. I went paragliding off of Signal Hill and it was one of the best experiences I had.
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Demitria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I wish I could have stayed forever.

Bridging Gaps was the perfect program for me. They took out the stress of finding housing, an internship, and they provided the basic necessities for becoming acclimated to a new area. They also provided additional support during unforseen troubles, such as medical visits, flight issues, or safety concerns. I found my experience with the Bridging Gaps team excellent. Each member was super accommodating and compassionate. Also, the team is always looking to improve their services and asking for suggestions, which was so refreshing and speaks to the goals behind Bridging Gaps. Importantly, they also gave you space. As I transition from university life to full-on adulthood, I did not want someone to hold my hand the entire trip. Bridging Gaps doesn't, but they are always there when you need it. Basically, it was like having a family that lives close nearby. Cape Town, on its own, is fantastic. I promise you will not regret your experience with Bridging Gaps.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Overall, Cape Town is a unique region that really has something for everyone. Every day is different, and each person's experience is what they make of it. In one day, you could go for a sunrise hike, then work at a fantastic internship, then go to the beach in the afternoon, watch the sunset on Kloof Corner and then maybe partake in the fantastic nightlife. I personally had the time of my life!
1. Do not hesitate to reach out to Bridging Gaps; they are always helpful and accommodating.
2. Try and meet locals. There are a lot of opportunities to become involved with locals if you try-hiking groups, soccer groups, ultimate frisbee teams, etc.
3. Safety does not have to be a worry. Security was my biggest concern before arriving. Fortunately, Bridging Gaps properly gave me enough tips for me to become acclimated. After a few weeks, you begin to really understand the way the city works, and safety does not have to be an issue.
3. If you are considering going, ask Bridging Gaps to speak to a couple of interns who have gone through in the past. I am happy to talk!
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ILAYDA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Most amazing experience of my life!

I cannot recommend Bridging Gaps enough!

I completed an internship with The Underdog Project through Bridging Gaps for a month in 2017 and it was the most rewarding experience. Lucie and Julian were so helpful from the beginning. It was my first time travelling alone and my longest ever flight. Since the moment I arrived, the met me, and always checked with me how was I doing. Every weekend, they took all of the interns/volunteers to trips, sightseeing, and wine tasting events. They provided me with the appropriate information, made sure I was safe all the time, and even made sure I got a backup phone. Even after I returned to England, both of them emailed and asked me how I was getting on with things.

For the time I had with The Underdog Project, I gained my first insight into the behind-the-scenes aspect of an NPO, met with the founder, Jenna to discuss the work and helped her with administrative support. Moreover, I assisted Anya, the lead facilitator, with delivering school and holiday workshops for underprivileged and vulnerable children. We gave educational workshops and advice for children along with dog training courses. I also helped her with research on “Masculinity and Dog Fighting” to present in a conference. Most importantly, I gained an amazing friend, Anna whom I recently met up in London and we caught up.

Since my time with the Bridging Gaps, I've gained self-confidence and my overall experience helped me to be more flexible and open-minded. I still want to go back to Cape Town, and hopefully one day I will have the chance to meet up with Julian and Lucie again :)

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Peter
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly life changing

Interning at the Cape Argus through Bridging Gaps is hands down the best thing I could have done for myself and my career.

As a small, new-ish company, Bridging Gaps have absolutely nailed how they create personal and impactful experiences for all of their interns.

They invest countless hours into all of their interns throughout the application and pre-internship period, so when you actually touch down in Cape Town, they already know exactly what you’re looking for from your internship and what they need to do to help you get the absolute most out of your time there.

Once you’re there, the lovely Lucie and Julian help you get settled in straight away. Whether it’s a tour of the city, a meet and greet with all the interns or giving you the lowdown on the local lingo, the team are committed to helping you get your internship off to a great start.

My internship (Cape Argus) was absolutely full-on and pushed me completely out of my comfort zone. After feeling a little unsettled at the very start, Bridging Gaps were only a phone call away, and soon made me feel much more relaxed about getting well and truly stuck into it.

And that’s the best advice I’d give to anyone considering an internship with Bridging Gaps: grab every opportunity you’re offered with both hands. You’ll get everything and more from your internship if you’re prepared to completely immerse yourself in everything Cape Town has to offer.

For me, that was 60+ published articles, an interview with Francois Pienaar, three trips up Table Mountain, a golden ticket for the job market, and countless memories with the most fantastic people.

So, what you waiting for? Send your application in and get ready for the time of your life!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Definitely stay in shared accommodation, so you can get to know other Bridging Gaps interns. Having that support network is great, particularly when you’ve not had the best of days. Sharing time with people who are going through a very similar experience makes your time in Cape Town even more magical.
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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CHOOSE BG

Having the opportunity to travel overseas and work in Cape Town for six months was the highest of privileges and I can easily say that that's where I lived the best six months of my life. Bridging Gaps went above and beyond to accommodate me in every way possible, whether it was setting up fun social trips with other BG interns, being there for emotional support if I was missing home, or making sure my internship was the right fit for me. I discovered new interests and made lifelong friends from all over the world! I highly recommend Bridging Gaps to any person hoping to take advantage of all that Cape Town has to offer.

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Frankie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BG made sure that the time I spent in Cape Town was some of the best in my life.

Bridging gaps helped me get internship placements at 2 amazing wild-life conservation based businesses. They made the application process extremely easy and I always felt that they were doing their best to find the ideal placement for me.
My first placement involved me living in a game reserve outside of Cape Town, and the second I was living in the heart of the city- both allowed me to work closely with animals I had hardly even seen before- rhinos, eland, hippos, cheetah, elephants.
Thank you BG!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Going cage diving with sharks at 5am on my last day!
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Mari
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you're looking for a sign to do this--this is it

I had an amazing experience in Cape Town for 3 months. I wish I could have stayed for longer. I had no idea what to expect, but Lucie and Julian made the transition easy. They showed me around the city, coordinated housing for me (my accommodation and the others living there were the best part!), and coordinated fun group events to see more of what this beautiful city has to offer. Going to Cape Town after I graduated college with Bridging Gaps was affordable and one of the best decisions I've made. I still keep in contact with friends I've made in the program even 1.5 years later. It's a smaller company, so Bridging Gaps staff will get to know you personally and do anything they can to make your stay comfortable.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stay in the Freeland Lodge housing! So many like-minded people from all over the world, including South Africans. You'll have a beautiful house and even a pool.