South Africa overview

South Africa Overview

South Africa is made up of many different peoples, each with their own unique language and distinct history. With eleven official languages and many more unofficial ones. This mixed blend of various cultures grants South Africa its nickname the "rainbow nation."

South Africans are extremely passionate about their culture and celebrating through music and this can be seen, often, using arts to express social and political thoughts. South Africans are also known for their athleticism, especially in sports such as cricket, soccer, or rugby. With an internship in South Africa, through AIP, you will have the opportunity to experience this country through all the lenses while exploring one of the most unique cultures in the whole world.

With such a diverse background in its population and employment market, an internship in South Africa will definitely provide extensive and international work experience for students and young professionals, not to mention the unlimited opportunities to grow your network and forge valuable connections. You will have an advantage over others when recruiters and employers see that you have completed an internship in South Africa on your resume.

For our South Africa Internship, we are currently offering 2 programs:

  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg

South African companies are always looking to enhance the international presence, hence, work opportunities are always on the rise. The medical industry in South Africa is extremely well planned out and established as interns will get the first-hand experience when working in this area. Other various industries are also very important in South Africa, such as business development, marketing, engineering, finance, etc.

AIP partners with various organizations, ranging from multinational corporations to exciting startups. There are an abundant amount of opportunities available to pursue in South Africa. Whether you want to do an internship during your academic studies or over the summer, we accept applications throughout the whole year.

South Africa internship locations

Internship in Cape Town

Known to be a port city, Cape Town is a city on the southwest coast of South Africa, and on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. To explore the breathtaking scenic view of Cape Town, rotating cable cars take passengers up to the mountain’s flat top, in which everyone can see the view of the city and the packed harbor with boats on route for Robben Island.

Internship in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is South Africa's biggest city. At first, the city began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. The Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Currently, Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum. The Soweto museums (which includes the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill) document the story of the end of segregation.

Internship experience in South Africa

Experience South Africa

South Africa is extremely unique and extraordinary in the country’s engrained deep cultural roots. During your time in South Africa, you will realize that Johannesburg’s tall skyscrapers and busy corporate lifestyle is accompanied alongside an eye opening calm of mesmerizing African culture. Ranging from the city life, all the way to the crystal clear beaches and glorious mountains, South Africa has it all.

When you have some free time outside of your internship, we highly encourage you to explore everything that South Africa has to offer. A few must-see landmarks during your internship in South Africa are Kruger National Park, which is one of the best game reserves in Africa and will let visitors see a wide variety of animals from mighty lions to gigantic elephants, and Cape Town that houses a world heritage site (as recognized by UNESCO), otherwise known as the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

South Africa accommodation

  • Fully furnished accommodation
  • Free Hi-Speed Wifi access
  • Close proximity to the workplace
  • Walking distance to public transportation
  • 24-hour security surveillance
  • Local & international restaurants nearby
The photos of the accommodations are just examples and may vary based on location, availability, and time of the year.

South Africa accommodation

  • Fully furnished accommodation
  • Free Hi-Speed Wifi access
  • Close proximity to the workplace
  • Walking distance to public transportation
  • 24-hour security surveillance
  • Local & international restaurants nearby
The photos of the accommodations are just examples and may vary based on location, availability, and time of the year.

Visa information

South Africa offers VISA exemptions for most developed nations. What this means is that visitors from these nations will be given a free 90 days visitor’s visa. Under the "ordinary" category, any country that is listed with "90 days" means that they will qualify for a visa upon arrival and this is free. You will also note that some countries are currently crossed off the list due to high COVID infection rates. This list will be revised on a monthly basis. 


In case they're from countries that require a visa upon arrival, they will receive a visitor's visa, which permits voluntary and charitable activities (i.e. unpaid).


Our process

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    1. Apply

    Click "Apply Now", fill the form and schedule an interview to discuss your dream internship.

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    2. Interview

    During your interview, one of our AIP representatives will ask you questions about your background, past work experiences, internship preferences and goals.

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    3. Pay Deposit

    If you are officially accepted into AIP, you will be asked to confirm your spot in our program with a deposit fee.

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    4. Placement

    Our experienced placement team will match you with your ideal host company and arrange an online interview for you with them.

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    5. Final Payment

    Once your internship has been accepted by yourself and the host company, you will be invoiced for the final payment which will officially confirm your placement.

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    6. Prepare

    After your payment confirmation: For remote internships: We will put you in contact with your host company so that you can start to work right away on your internship. For all the other AIP programs: We will assist you in the visa application process, as well as arranging airport pickup and accommodation (if applicable).

AIPx might be a suitable option for those that are in a hurry. Via AIPx, we will have a confirmed interview for you within 11 working days (The normal process can take up to 8 weeks).

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