Virtual Internship in South Africa

Program Overview

The Virtual Internship program in South Africa is ideal for students who wish to gain work experience in their chosen field, collaborate with international teams, and connect with South African culture . There are many options for this program. Virtual internships are a way for students and graduates to learn practical skills, network with industry professionals, and gain business experience from home.

This internship will give you professional experience, build your resume, and allow you to work remotely on tasks and projects that are beneficial for your company. The internship will be project-based. There will either be one large project or several smaller, ongoing projects. No matter how many projects you take on, each one will be substantial and you will contribute meaningfully to the company. This program offers flexibility and independence but also provides support and guidance from a supervisor.

We will find each virtual intern a professional placement that suits your career goals to help you build your portfolio and reach your academic and professional goals.


These are just a few of the highlights and benefits that this program offers:

  • Experience in an international company can help you build your resume.
  • Learn from a cross-cultural team of people from South Africa and around world, while you develop your business skills.
  • To meet your professional and academic goals, gain practical experience through a project-based internship in your chosen field. Internship placements can be tailored to suit a variety of interests.
  • Flexibility in your work hours is key to your success.
  • You will have autonomy and autonomy, but also the support of a supervisor.
  • Develop and enhance your communication skills.
  • To learn more about South Africa’s vibrant culture, you can take part in the South African Cultural Workshop Series. Every week there will be a live broadcast of a South African culture series, facilitated by local South Africans. Weekly virtual Xhosa classes are also offered to help you learn the basics of one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. This language is well-known for its bantu clicking sound. After just a few sessions you will be able speak some basic phrases in this beautiful African language confidently.
  • You can complete your virtual placement from anywhere in the world. This allows you to work flexible hours and save money on visa fees, accommodation, and insurance.

Sample Itinerary

Each intern’s schedule and placement will be different. Here’s an example of what you can expect:

  • Monday, January 1st: Placement starts. Discuss your expectations with your supervisor and staff to determine the tasks and responsibilities for your project.
  • Ongoing Your work will be primarily done by yourself with occasional support and check-in meetings from your supervisor. If necessary, virtual interns can be invited to company meetings and staff meetings to learn, observe and listen. Depending on the company and the project, interns can expect to work between 20 and 35 hours per week. This will depend on what was agreed in writing before the placement. The placement will be project-focused, so clocking in and out is less important than for a traditional internship.
  • Weekly: Culture Immersion Workshops. Includes a discussion guide and questions about key topics, such as work-life culture and food / eating, geography, early societies, cultural challenges, religion, family and friends, traditions, major holidays, language, healthcare systems, politics.
  • After completion: Interview and evaluation.


The virtual internships are well-organized and professional. Students accepted into the program must be focused and ready for business. Every intern will be assigned a mentor and coach by a company supervisor. This supervisor will either be in middle or upper management. They will offer guidance, support, and ongoing feedback.

You can get a customized internship in any of the following areas:


  • Accounting
  • Finance & Venture Capital
  • Marketing
  • Start-ups


Human Rights

  • Law
  • Refugee Rights
  • Social Justice

Environmental Conservation

Film Industry

Journalism & Communications


  • Advertising
  • Social Media
  • Strategy, web marketing and development

Social Work

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee all virtual internship placements due to changes in local business needs and business conditions. If you are interested in internships outside these areas, please contact our Program Advisors. They will assist you in finding the right internship for your needs. Our customized placements are tailored to meet your academic and professional goals. We work hard to match you with the ideal internship placement.

Project-based virtual internships can be found here. Each internship is different, but here are some tasks that might be applicable:

  • Business Development – Provide support to the company in making decisions based upon data, research, and analysis. Methods to attract new customers and increase the value of existing customers.
  • Research Projects – Conduct research in the industry of your company to identify key players and find new sales opportunities.
  • Operation – Learn the day-to-day tasks of a company, and then focus on improving existing processes to maximize efficiency.
  • Administration – Create spreadsheets and prepare presentations. Arrange meetings. Manage databases.
  • Content Creation – Improve your communication skills by updating websites, blogging, or writing articles. Or, you can work on visual content using photography, photo editing and videography.
  • Social Media – Create Social Media Calendars, edit and publish content on various platforms, engage with the community, and discover new leads and influencers.
  • Finance – Research on investors and funds, creation of financial plans, and practices for startups
  • Competitor Analysis – Research your competitors in the industry or other regions to see if they are performing at the same level as you. This will help determine the capabilities and positioning of your competition.

Job Board

You can view the Virtual Internship Jobs Board to see the current positions.

Send an inquiry if you don’t find a job that suits your interests or goals. Our highly qualified Program Advisors can help you create an internship that fits your professional and personal goals.


It’s the best of both! This program is not physically based in South Africa. However, it allows you to gain a career-based experience and be introduced to South Africa from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual interns are hosted by most companies in Cape Town. The Dutch East India Company originally built Cape Town as a port of call for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa and India. Jan van Riebeeck arrived in South Africa in 1652 and established the first permanent European settlement. Cape Town is now a vibrant city, and one of the most multicultural cities in the world. This is due to its position as an important destination for South African expatriates and immigrants.

Dates & Fees

Virtual Internship in South Africa The deadline for applications is between 4 and 8 weeks before the start of the internship. Internships are available for between 4 and 8 weeks. For an additional weekly fee, you can request placements for up to 12 weeks. Flexible start dates available. For more information, please refer to the “More” info box. Application Fee A$ 95 Program Fee A$ 2,199 MORE OS-HELP A$ 0

The following fees are included in the program fees:
  • Placement and supervision of internships
  • CIS support services prior, during and afterwards the program
  • Preparation guide and session
  • Orientation
  • Cultural workshops
  • Certificate of Participation from CIS (available upon request)
  • Your supervisor will provide you with a final evaluation
  • 10% GST

What is andincluded?

Note that Interns need to have an internet connection and access to a personal computer. You must be available online during South Africa’s working hours to check in with your supervisor twice per week (mornings and evenings, as agreed).

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