virtual internship in africa

      quick facts       
south africa
20-25 hours/week
1 - 3 months
unpaid internship in 6 leading industries

the destination

Let's start your intercultural career exploration from South Africa.

South Africa’s culture is one of the most diverse in the world and has given rise to the term “Rainbow Nation”.

She has a population of approximately 40 million people. Three-quarters of its population is black (African) and approximately 15% is white (European). The rest is a mixture of white, Malayan and blacks whose ancestors were of Asian descent. There are six major ethnic groups in South Africa: Afrikaner, Coloured/Cape Malay, Bantu, English, Chinese and Indian. There are 11 official languages in South Africa. Most South Africans speak English and Afrikaans, which is derived from their Dutch heritage..

She is considered the industrial giant of Africa. It is a substantial resource for minerals including gold, silver, copper and diamonds.

Do's & Don'ts
  • Offer sympathy if there is mention of the difficult situation in South Africa. People are likely to respond well to warmth and deeply appreciate the gesture
  • Show respect and interest in what people have to say whenever they are talking. If a South African may quickly disregard you as a disrespectful person if they feel you are not listening to them. 
  • Do not openly criticise the South African country, its politics or point blame. Even if you are educated in your opinion, a South African is likely to assure you that you do not know or understand the situation there if you haven’t lived there.
Communication
  • Though mannerisms in communication vary among ethnic groups, most South Africans have a direct style of communication. They generally speak confidently and straight to the point.
  • South Africans are generally comfortable with physical affection and like to express warmth through actions such as hugging and patting each other on the back. 
  • Making a ‘V’ with the index finger and middle finger in the shape of the peace sign is very rude if your palm is facing towards yourself. 
Behavior & Manners
  • You are expected to greet everyone in the room or meeting room individually – even if the group is large.
  • Initial meetings are often used for partners to familiarise themselves with one another and establish business relationships.
  • Do not interrupt people when they are speaking or displaying heated emotions.

industries we work with 

  • education & research

    Work with impactful projects with education NGOs, Ed Tech start-ups, University departments and research centres.


  • data science

    Unlock your limits by assisting talent development agencies, training and development organisations to build capacity.

  • training & development

    A community-based organisation training disadvantaged communities with industry-focus skills for employment opportunities. 

  • Non-profit companies

    A NPO providing safe spaces for women and children in disadvantages communities.

  • E-commerce & marketing

    A fasting scaling e-commerce platform working with both African and Asian marktets.

  • art & design

    Work with talented artists, galleries and design houses to experience South Africa's creativity and diversity.

    intercultural training workshop

    A series of intercultural workshops that help you blend into the South African work cultures and equip you with useful tools for effectives intercultural communications at workplaces.

     See video on the left for a little preview 🙂 

    frequently asked questions

    How does virtual internship work?

    Interns will engage with their host organisation 20-25 hours a week, committing to work remotely from anywhere with internet access. You will be working on projects and tasks closely with your supervisor and have meetings regularly.

    What qualifications do you need to participate in an African virtual internship?

     It requires a communicable English and a brave heart to explore.:)

    How much can you earn as an intern in Africa?

    In Wubuntu, we offer award-winning unpaid internships that provide interns with the personal and professional development adventures of a lifetime. If you are eager for an immersive international internship but hesitant to pay, we completely understand.

    Our internship fees cover a variety of unique benefits and life-changing experiences. Professionally, these help us provide interns with full-time expert support and valuable networking opportunities, allowing interns to pursue their professional goals in exciting and unique ways! On a personal level, these costs allow interns to truly immerse themselves in local communities, where incredible cultural exchanges occur around every corner. 

    How can our virtual internship help your career?

    Today’s workplace environment and society is becoming more culturally diverse and complex. Intercultural communication skills will be critical for students and career starters to get ahead in this competitive job market. Through our training workshops and internship exposures, our virtual internship programme provides valuable working experiences and intercultural exposures for our participants.

    How can I join the virtual internship programme?

    Currently, we offer the programme through education institutions to respective students. 

    If you are representing an educational institution, please write to us at hello@wubuntuafrica.com

    If you are individual students and would like to join this programme, please send the details of your university to us at hello@wubuntuafrica, and we will have it developed for you.