Collaborate on solutions for a sustainable African future

Clean energy & sustainability internships in Cape Town

South Africa is in the middle of its clean energy transition. After the initial success of a renewable energy procurement program beginning in 2011, the industry has faced some political headwinds from the utility monopoly and fossil fuel industry that view renewable energy as a threat to their business. The national utility is also dealing with a supply shortage resulting in regular rolling power cuts, highlighting the urgent need for more energy plants to be built.

These challenges create opportunities to build a cleaner, more distributed, and affordable energy system that helps South Africa meet its climate change goals. This internship will expose you to these interdisciplinary issues when working on energy and sustainability in a country like South Africa.

Clean energy and sustainability internships

Sustainable engineering

Contribute to green technology R&D surrounding renewable energy systems, eco-friendly manufacturing processes and other solutions to decarbonize society while sustaining economic growth.

Environmental policy

Participate in analytical evidence gathering, policy drafting, legal document review, emissions regulation development and related tasks.

Circular business models

Gain insights into companies innovating product design, material sourcing, recycling initiatives, life cycle assessments and more.

Community resilience

Work with nonprofits guiding local efforts in farming, cultural tradition preservation, youth environmental leadership and resilient infrastructure development initiatives that empower communities.

Gain firsthand experience in clean energy

Through a combination of active mentorship, discussion, and a customized research paper, the program delivers a practical experience for work and research in clean energy in an emerging market like South Africa. You will also develop practical skills while understanding the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability and energy industries.

Custom clean energy internships with VACorps

VACorps will help you find a clean energy or sustainability internship in Cape Town that aligns with your personal and professional goals. You could work alongside a renewable energy company or support a Cape Town-based nonprofit dedicated to sustainable local farming. This is the ideal way to explore different applications of your interest in a dynamic city.

Benefits of a business internship in Cape Town

Help expand clean energy access
Gain hands-on field exposure
Prepare for the future
in one of the world’s last frontiers.
Learn about a new culture and the energy challenges South Africans face

The time is now to explore, connect, and invest in yourself in Cape Town. Let us match you with an experience that counts.

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