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Engineering internships in Cape Town

Bring your engineering talents to projects advancing infrastructure, clean energy and more across South Africa. We’ll connect you with firms and startups designing innovative solutions that help push humanity forward.

By participating in this engineering internship, you will intern with established South African engineers and gain international internship experience in a country that is home to many of Africa’s leading engineering firms.

Intern alongside engineering leaders

Sustainable (solar & wind) engineering

Witness green energy systems design, construction oversight, grid integration, policy incentives and other aspects advancing renewable power.

Electrical engineering

Shadow experts focused on power generation, transmission, circuitry systems, electronics and other electricity applications.

Mechatronic engineering

Observe the multidisciplinary design processes, prototype building and functionality testing surrounding robotics, automation equipment, internet-of-things (IoT) devices, vehicles, manufacturing rigs, energy systems and other complex mechanisms.

Environmental engineering

Assist engineers in applying science and math principles to protect natural systems through pollution control, recycling, water/air quality testing, waste management, environmental remediation, permitting and regulatory compliance.

Civil engineering

Survey building sites, monitor project plans/materials, observe code compliance inspections and participate in drafting sessions for roads, bridges, rail lines, harbors, dams, pipelines and structural projects.

Robotics & aeronautical engineering

Contribute to labs exploring applications for drone technology, autonomous vehicles, AI interfaces, dexterous prosthetics, real-time sensing, mechanical compliance, swarm communications and other emerging capabilities.

Landscape design & architecture

Learn techniques for optimal site usage planning – factoring aesthetics, functionality and sustainability.

Biotech engineering

Apply engineering principles to push innovations in synthetic biology, tissue engineering, biosensors, drug delivery, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and purification devices advancing precision medicine and complex disease treatment breakthroughs.

Intern alongside industry leaders

Candidates for our engineering internships are expected to have a strong theoretical understanding of engineering and/or prior experience working on engineering projects. Our most rewarding internships involve work in the sustainability sector.

Custom engineering internships

An engineering internship in Cape Town offers a wide range of opportunities to access hands-on experiences. VACorps will help facilitate an engineering internship that will help you work towards your personal and professional objectives.

Benefits of a Engineering internship in Cape Town

Work alongside top industry talent
Gain international professional experience
Grow your professional network
Collaborate on important projects

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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Advance global health through research placements at renowned labs pioneering new medical technologies.

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Business and Finance

Gain emerging market finance experience at funds and startups leading Africa’s investment frontier.

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Clean Energy

Champion climate justice contributing skills to expand clean energy access for underserved communities.

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Safeguard Cape Town’s treasured yet threatened ecosystems, working alongside frontline conservationists.

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Counseling & Psychology

Address mental health needs with trauma specialists bringing care to overlooked communities.

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Teach and inspire students gaining classroom skills at under-resourced schools, uplifting disadvantaged youth.

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Gap Year

Preview future careers interning in your field of choice while enjoying life-expanding adventures.

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Human Rights

Advocate for the vulnerable assisting organizations protecting rights and services for marginalized groups.

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Develop multimedia skills reporting on Cape Town’s dynamic political, social and cultural happenings.

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Champion justice by researching landmark cases and conducting outreach alongside leading human rights firms.

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Shape brands for good by managing campaigns empowering social enterprises and community programs.

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Media, Film & Photography

Launch your creative career on sets and in studios alongside Cape Town’s top film, TV and photography talent.

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Boost your clinical skills by shadowing doctors on the frontlines of South Africa’s pressing healthcare battles.

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Occupational Therapy

Master your occupational therapy craft with specialized mentors guiding pediatric, mental health and elder care.

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Physical Therapy

Gain hands-on experience working alongside leading physical therapy practitioners.

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Political Science

Inform policy researching legislation within parliamentary offices and progressive think tanks.

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Public Health

Protect the vulnerable by collecting data, assisting workshops and expanding community health access.

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Refugee Work

Empower asylum seekers to help refugees access housing, employment, healthcare, and legal aid.

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Social Work

Uplift the overlooked co-facilitating therapy and evaluating interventions for at-risk youth and families.

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Speech Pathology & Audiology

Help people find their voice by practising techniques guided by specialized clinical mentors.

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Sports Management

Gain industry expertise assisting in operations, marketing and events for national federations and clubs.

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Catalyze solutions directly supporting projects increasing environmental protections and food security.

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Build skills collaborating with pioneering startups leveraging innovations to drive financial inclusion.

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