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Internship in South Africa


Looking for internship opportunities in South Africa? In this article, we are providing you with some information on the labor market and some tips to help you find internship.

South Africa is very welcoming towards foreign students, as well as trainees. Indeed, several local and international companies operating across the country often provide internship opportunities to international candidates. Moreover, many of these are keener to hire younger candidates so as to provide them with a first experience of the local labor market. So if you are looking for internship opportunities in the “Rainbow Country”, take the time to inquire on its labor market and on relating formalities.

Find internship

There are various ways to look for internship in South Africa, whether you are still abroad or on the spot. First of all, start by browsing offers on the Internet thanks to several specialized job and internship websites. Classified ads in local newspapers may also help.

Students in South African universities can spread the word among their friends and contacts on the spot. Consider selecting a few companies to which you may also send spontaneous applications. And why not drop by in person to request for an Interview?


In all cases, make sure to write your CV and cover letter in English which is one of the country's official languages.


Internship conditions are similar to those of workers in the country. You will thus be entitled to a maximum of 9 hours working day over 5 days a week, which results in a total of 45 hours a week. You may also be entitled to a maximum of 10 hours of overtime per week, that is a maximum of 3 hours a day. Note that over-time is subject to an agreement between the trainee and his employer.

Internships are not paid in South Africa, else you would be considered as an employee. If it were the case, you would require a work permit rather than an internship visa. However, a compensation can be negotiated with your employer.

 Good to know:

Your internship visa will be valid provided you prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during the training period.

 Useful links: – Internships in South Africa – South Africa Business Directory 
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