Catalyze sustainability solutions in Cape Town

Sustainability internships in Cape Town

Help build a brighter future for nature and communities in the city committed to it. We’ll match you with organizations, companies, or government agencies in Cape Town that promote sustainable social, economic, cultural, and environmental development.

Sustainability internships in South Africa can offer an interesting blend of involvement in grassroots projects, fieldwork projects, and environmental, social, and economic research projects. Regardless of your focus, you will gain an understanding of the challenges and triumphs of sustainability efforts in South Africa.

Sustainability internships through VACorps

Green economy sector

Assist organizations pioneering sustainable economic approaches balancing profitability with social responsibility.


Work with wildlife conservation groups, land trusts, and park services to protect endangered species and ecosystems.

Climate change

Intern with organizations working to reduce emissions, promote clean energy, and educate lawmakers and the public on climate change.

Food security

Work with farms, rural communities, and NGOs to increase food security across South Africa.

Create sustainable change in South Africa

Sustainability interns are placed with local organizations that play an active role in sustainable development practices. These organizations typically operate in the fields of environmental education programs, the green economy sector, conservation, climate change research centers, and organizations working with communities and food security.

Interns work directly with service providers and assist with projects that are specific to their sustainable development goals.

Some placements involve working closely with community-based organizations, while other placements exist within an NGO or consultancy that drives meaningful change toward positive, sustainable development.

Benefits of a sustainability internship in Cape Town

Gain valuable field experience
Grow through experiential learning
Make an impact
Build your career

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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Innovate solutions by collaborating with firms tackling urgent infrastructure and development challenges.

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

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