What is the Sustainability Internship in South Africa all about?
The Clean Energy Internship program offers real-world experience for working and conducting research in sustainable energy in a developing market like South Africa.
Clean energy sustainability is a crucial aspect of addressing climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Solar energy is one of the most promising sources of clean energy, as it is abundant in Africa, renewable, and has minimal environmental impact. Work with an organization that provides in-depth research and analytics to respond to energy challenges in Southern Africa to drive change in the public and private sectors and to speed up the transition to clean energy.
Why choose this Clean Energy Internship placement?
- Become familiar with South Africa’s clean energy industry including policy/regulatory and economic environment
- Gain perspective on energy consultancy in a developing economy
- Acquire experience on how to collaborate on research topics
- Engage in qualitative and quantitative analysis
- Make an impact while connecting with local industry drivers
Role of the Clean Energy Intern
This Clean Energy Internship gives interns a chance to make an impact in South Africa by working with a local organization analyzing renewable and clean energy issues. Your role and tasks will depend on your areas of study and interests, but you can be assured you will contribute to the overall mission of your host organization. Your host organization provides the opportunity to learn about clean energy development and contribute to making a difference in the environment and economic structure of South Africa.
What skills do I need to be a Clean Energy Intern in South Africa?
In order to be accepted as an intern, you will be asked to go through an interview process to determine your eligibility. Flexibility, willingness to learn, dedication, patience, and passion for the matter is essential. Interns should more specifically be interested in issues around renewable energy, energy consulting, energy strategies, and analysis.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Where will I work in South Africa?
Cape Town, well known for its many iconic attractions, will provide you with plenty to do during your downtime, including climbing up Table Mountain or visiting the Cape of Good Hope. Between many vibey restaurants and cafés, the many water sports, and local museums and galleries, you’re sure to find something to do.
Interns’ accommodation consists of a single room sharing communal areas with other interns. You will be in a very popular neighborhood just 6 kilometers out of Cape Town City Center. The neighborhood is mainly known to be the home of many locals and foreign nationals, many of which attend the University of Cape Town. The area offers many cafés, restaurants, galleries and trendy thrift shops.
During your time off, you may want to enjoy some scenic drives around the city, go spot some marine life or do the famous Garden Route!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4-12 weeks
- Cost: £3139 / $4900 for 4 weeks
See the drop-down menu for additional weekly pricing
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Cape Town, South Africa
- Working hours: Mondays through Fridays, 30 hours per week
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Sundays to Cape Town International Airport
What is included
- Accommodation: single room in a house with communal space
- Food: no meals included.
- Airport: pick-up and drop-off from/to Cape Town International Airport
- Access to personal online Kaya Community account including:
- Pre-departure information pack for “country”
- Fundraising Guide
- How to Manage your Money Abroad Guide
- Learning Reflection Guide
- Healthcare Ethics and Culture Documents
- On the ground training:
- Cultural and safety orientation and project induction
- Weekly culture series
- Weekly social gatherings
- Support: 24-hour support including emergency contact numbers from local team
- Excursion Planning assistance from local staff (activity prices may be extra)
- Certificate on completion of your internship placement diary and presentation to the local team
- Supervision from qualified professional
- Wi-Fi in accommodation
- Laundry in accommodation
What is not included
- Transport to/from project
- Food: meals are not included
- Police/Government Background Check: US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies); all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Routine vaccinations
- Refundable accommodation damages deposit of $250
Easy 4-step application process
Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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