South Africa is an exciting place for the young and adventurous, offering endless opportunities. An internship is a great way to gain international work experience in a business/organisation and experience our beautiful country and its people.

Nangila offers a variety of exciting internship opportunities. Young students and professionals will be placed according to their qualifications and experience, and will gain insight into the working practises in South Africa.


  • This is a placement programme.
  • It is unpaid, unless specified otherwise.
  • The minimum period for an internship is 8 weeks.
  • Enrolment must be at least 3 months before arrival.
  • It can be booked with an English language course as well.


  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Good level of English.
  • A good qualification in the area of placement.
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • A valid visa for the full duration of the internship.
  • A valid passport (validity of passport at least 30 days longer than the intended stay).
  • A police clearance certificate.
  • Health/medical and accident liability insurance for the length of your stay in South Africa.

What we offer all interns – Basic and Comprehensive

Initial contact

  • Comprehensive information regarding all aspects of life in South Africa including general information.
  • Communication with companies/institutions to insure internship guidelines are being met.

Once you have signed up for the internship

  • In country support from our local office.
  • Assistance with arrangements for accommodation, transportation and anything else you may need.

On arriving in Cape Town

  • Airport pick-up and drop off at the end of the time spent in South Africa.
  • Accommodation arrangements. (Plan to come as close to the beginning of the month and leave as close to the end of the month, as some rentals may be on a monthly base. You may pay for the full month.)
  • Welcome pack including useful information about Cape Town and South Africa, local SIM card for a mobile phone, a list of important telephone numbers and maps.
  • A “Hop on, Hop off City Sightseeing Red Bus” ticket to become acquainted with the city of Cape Town during your Orientation period.
  • First working day’s transport arrangements and introductions.

During your internship

  • Assistance with events and trips to other parts of South Africa.
  • English lessons (if needed)
Areas of Placement
* Administration * Film and Media * Environmental
* Animal Conservation * Food and Beverage * Marketing
* Digital Design * Graphic Design * Social Work
* Events Management * Journalism * Tourism
Please note that internship placements are subject to availability.  Also certain internships are placed outside of the major cities and will require additional transport costs to the specific area/town. 

Comprehensive Internships also include:

  • A 2-day orientation including 2 nights’ accommodation and breakfast at a Backpackers/Hostel in Cape Town in shared accommodation. (Single accommodation can be booked at an additional price.)
  • 2 half day tours in Cape Town (Walking City Tour & Cultural Tour)

Not included for all internships:

  • Round-trip flight to the city in South Africa
  • Accommodation and meal costs – see below
  • Vaccination and visa costs
  • Health, medical and accident liability insurance
  • Daily transport to the workplace
  • English language classes


You have a choice to be part of a South African family in a homestay or share a house with other students.

If you prefer to be more independent and you will be staying for more than 6 months, we can assist you in finding long-term accommodation ranging from hostels to furnished apartments.

Homestays include breakfast and dinner.   Student Housing is self-catering.

Please note that the price of accommodation may change without prior notice.

Steps to applying for an Internship in South Africa

The application needs to be completed 3 months before arrival and in extreme cases, at least 6 weeks before the required date of internship.

  • Step 1 - Complete the Initial internship application form (IF1).  Please note that this is for the intern’s information.  It has to be completed in full and returned to our office with their CV and police clearance certificate.
  • Step 2 – We will send an invoice for the Initial placement fee.  Payment is due immediately.  Once payment has been made, the process will continue.
  • Step 3 – We will forward the letter of proof of lodging as well as a placement confirmation from the business/company concerned, for the intern’s visa application.
  • Step 4 – Complete the second information form (IF2) once they have received their visa and medical/travel insurance.  This is very important.  Once they have booked their flights, we will need a copy of the medical insurance.
  • Step 5 – We will send an invoice for the accommodation and the programme fee.
  • Step 6 – The intern will receive their orientation programme before arrival.

Initial Internship Application Form – IF1

Second Information Form – IF2