If you are considering a career in the photography or film industry, enjoy working with people, and have a passion for adventure and exploring new cultures, then an internship in Cape Town, South Africa is the perfect opportunity for you to expand your cultural and professional horizons! An internship is the perfect way to improve your skills and experience in a professional work environment overseas. Whether you are looking to acquire insight into a new industry, approaching a career change or to gain some on the job training to compliment your studies, an internship will positively enhance your CV in an increasingly competitive job market.
Film And Photography Internship Cape Town
Cape Town Film & Photography Internship Projects
For those seeking an internship with a film or photographic production company, there are a number of possibilities in the Cape Town area. As an intern, you will have the incredible opportunity to learn what it takes to succeed in your chosen industry by observing and working with experienced professionals. These internships give you the opportunity to expand your cultural and professional horizons, and build skills that will be essential to your future career. Below is a list of possible placement sites, please note however that each internship is individually tailored, based on your internship questionnaire, your background and experience, and what you are looking to gain from the placement.
The below is merely an example of possible placement sites, and there is no guarantee this is where you will be placed.
Placement Spotlight—Stillking Films
Stillking Films is a film production company with offices in six different countries. Located at the heart of the Mother City of Cape Town, Stillking's offices provide comprehensive production services for commercials, music videos and, of course, the all-important feature films. They pride themselves on maintaining very high standards of production while endeavoring to keep costs at a minimum. In addition to the advantage of filming in the best locations around the world's most beautiful city—Cape Town—Stillking has quite the listing of recent productions. These films include "Wanted," starring Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie, "Casino Royale," starring Daniel Craig, and "Blood Diamond," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The company is also partnered with some of the biggest names in the film industry, including Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, and Universal.
This internship involves working as a Production Secretary at the Stillking offices and as a set coordinator whenever the company is managing a film shoot. You will learn to communicate and work with a wide variety of people involved in the film production industry, and you will gain exposure to all aspects of a film shoot, from catering to equipment, and much more. Some prior experience in the film industry is a plus, but not a requirement for this internship. If you have a passion for film and are considering a career in the film industry, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Placement Spotlight – Razor Sharp Films (documentaries and film)
Razor Sharp is a film production company that has been in business for over 13 years, and has extensive experience in producing full features and amazing television documentaries in South Africa and elsewhere. South Africa is and continues to be a very popular location for commercials, photography, documentaries, feature films and music videos. Yet Razor Sharp has expanded it operations into Namibia, Botswana, the Indian Ocean islands, Mozambique, and more, so that today its film shoots are not just limited to South Africa.
Over the past few years, Razor Sharp's infrastructure has expanded and it now boasts some of the best crew in the world. The company has first class film equipment, a variety of hotels, casting and model talent, and locations that double for almost anywhere else in the world. As an intern with Razor Sharp, you will work with the dynamic and entrepreneurial team at Razor Sharp, a team that is committed to a sustainable industry and that has successfully kept clients coming back year in and year out. You will gain experience with every aspect of the job of film production, from costing to casting, pre-production, studio hire, set building, stunts and sound effects, catering and hotels, transport, lights and grips equipment, and any travel requirements needed to get the job done. This is a worthwhile experience if you plan to pursue any career related to film production.
Placement Spotlight – Magic Mountain in Motion
If you are studying or interested in a career in photography, then you should consider an internship with Magic Mountain in Motion in Cape Town, South Africa. Magic Mountain is a film production company with expertise in commercial photographic production. The company specialises in catalogue shoots and advertising campaigns for magazines. According to its mission statement, Magic Mountain "combines industry expertise with our expansive network of resources to help their clients create genuine, innovative, and engaging cinematic and photographic experiences."
As an intern with Magic Mountain, you will work with the production manager to help arrange and coordinate all aspects of photographic production: from travel arrangements to accommodation, transportation, production vehicles, crew, model bookings, location scouting, permits, catering, props, equipment, art buying and more. This internship is an essential professional experience for anyone studying or considering a career in photographic production.
Our professional internship placements can ensure your internship experience is individually tailored, to suit your specific background and experience, and what you are hoping to take away from this invaluable experience. There are a number of different reasons to invest money in an international Internship:
1.Gain invaluable experience, giving you an advantage over your peers on the job market
2.Prospective employers value international work experience, and also consider well travelled candidates to have ‘life’ experience
3.With our Professional Internship Programmes in Cape Town, we individually tailor each internship, ensuring you receive the best possible placement based on your requirements
4.We are in partnership with dozens of reputable organizations in the Cape Town area, and liaise with them on your behalf to secure a hand-picked placement.
5.We invest in our applicants, and review all required application materials carefully, before proceeding with securing your internship site.
6.You will be guided by professional mentors throughout your placement, and also receive 24 hour emergency assistance and support from your Internship Coordinator
7.Take part in CV/Resume building workshops included in your placement fee
8.Make friends for life with other international interns on the programme
9.Boost your professional stature while exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
You can join our Internship programmes for between 4 and 12 weeks, with longer placements available depending on the circumstances.
There are no specific start dates and Internship placements will commence around your travel dates, adding great flexibility for you and your studies.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
What will I be doing?
Gaining practical experience with a film or photographic production company, while observing and working with industry proffesionals.
- Gaining practical work experience in a well established company.
- Translating your classroom knowledge into real-world experience.
- Experiencing the industry in a stunning new environment.
Working outside of your cultural context with people from different backgrounds.
- Enhancing your CV with an international internship.
- Becoming well-versed in Cape Town’s cosmopolitan culture and spectacular geography.
- An opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
- All transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport upon arrival and departure
- Internship placement
- Comprehensive orientation programme
- Weekly Xhosa language lessons
- Weekly activities and excursions
- Weekly football matches
- CV Building workshops
- 24 hour emergency support
Project Cost Excludes
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, snacks, drinks and clothing (work and other)
- Return flights to Cape Town International Airport
- Transport to and from your internship placement
- Email and telephone calls made during your placement (charged out at cost).
- Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary
- Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which is expected to include cover for repatriation.
- A ZAR2000 refundable deposit for accommodation damages, payable on arrival for your internship, should you select our programme housing option
- Electricity of approximately ZAR150 per month, should you select our housing option
Previous experience in either Film or Photography is required. Alternatively you should already be studying or intending to study in a related field.
Upon your arrival into Cape Town you will be collected at the airport by one of our project facilitators and transferred to your accommodation. You will then take part in a two-day extensive orientation programme. During these 2 days you will be familiarised with the requirements of your internship site and learn how to maximise your time during your stay. During orientation you will also have discussions on history, local politics and geography. The facilitators will give you lots of practical information on living in Cape Town, including a review on emergency procedures, and detailed information on health, well-being and safety issues. You will then have a tour of the city and the public transportation methods to help you familiarise yourself with your surroundings.
Throughout your placement you will have the support and guidance of our experienced internship coordinators. They are part of our greater African Impact support team, which will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.
Film industry placements for the months of April through to early September will become considerably harder to confirm due to the industry slowing down during this period. Many film companies go on holiday or move their operations to the northern hemisphere over this time. This is not to say that we will not be able to place interns during this period, but often it takes longer and interns have less work to do during this period.