What are South African office hours like?
In general companies have an eight-hour work day usually from 8.30am- 5:30pm with a 1 hour lunch break in between. Working hours and holiday time must be arranged with your host company.
Do I get a Work Certificate at the end of my internship?
At the end of your internship your host company will provide you with a work certificate, which is very important for your resume. Please remind the host company at least one week before you leave so they have enough time to write it and give it to you.
What are the chances of getting my desired internship?
It depends on the type of internship you are looking for as well as the length of stay and your personal qualifications. Ultimately it is the decision of the South African company as to whether or not they offer the internship, but we have a large database of companies with whom we cooperate.
What are the normal VISA requirements for an internship?
Please contact the South African Embassy or Consulate in your home country for further information!
It is your responsibility to obtain the applicable visa for your work placement in South Africa.
When is the best time to apply for an internship?
You can apply for an internship anytime during the year, but you should start planning your stay in Cape Town at least three to six months in advance.
What is the normal period for an internship?
Most internships are between three and six months. Sometimes it is possible to find a placement for a shorter period of time.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Almost all internships are unpaid. Occasionally a company will offer you a bit of compensation for living costs- but this is more often the exception than the norm.
What are living expenses per month?
The figures below give you an idea of the costs but your personal costs will obviously depend on your lifestyle and if you require your own car. Not included are tours/activities.
Accommodation (single room) in a shared flat/house: 3000-4000R per month
Food: R2500 per month
Entertainment: R2000 per month
Car rental: 3000R- 3300R (insurance incl) per month
Petrol: R10.90 per liter (July 2012)