Are you a recent graduate passionate about making a difference in South Africa’s tourism sector? South African Tourism invites you to be part of SA Tourism  Graduate Internship Programme, designed to provide hands-on experience and prepare you for future leadership roles in the dynamic world of tourism. Join them in building a better South Africa through innovation and dedication.

SA Tourism Graduate Internship Programme Details

Location: Sandton
Duration: 12-24 Months
Closing Date: 01 March 2024

Available Positions

Eligibility: Open to graduates who have completed a minimum of three (3) years of tertiary studies or require work experience to complete their tertiary studies, with no previous internship programme experience in the following fields:

  • Human Capital:  Human Resource Management / Industrial Psychology
  • Internal Auditing
  • Finance: Financial Management/Accounting
  • Tourism Execution: Travel and Tourism/ Communications/Digital marketing/Marketing
  • Analytics and Insights:  B Sc. Statistics /Mathematical Optimization / Data Science Market Research / Business Management
  • Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Project Management: Public Management/Public Administration/Auditing
  • Brand and Marketing: Marketing and/or Communications/ Graphic Design

What to Expect:

During your time at SA Tourism Graduate Internship Programme, you can anticipate a dynamic and immersive experience that will broaden your understanding of the tourism industry while honing your skills for future career success. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Comprehensive Exposure: Gain insights into the diverse facets of the tourism business, from destination marketing to hospitality management. Explore how different components of the industry interact and contribute to the overall tourism ecosystem.
  • Real Business Projects: Get hands-on experience by working on meaningful projects that have a direct impact on South African Tourism’s objectives. Collaborate with experienced professionals and fellow interns to develop innovative solutions and strategies.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Interact with a wide range of stakeholders, including government agencies, travel agencies, tour operators, and local communities. Build valuable connections and learn how to navigate the complexities of stakeholder relationships in the tourism sector.

Ideal Profile:

South African Tourism is committed to nurturing talent that embodies their values and shares thier vision for a thriving tourism sector in South Africa. As you consider joining the SA Tourism Graduate Internship Programme, here is what they looking for in an ideal candidate:

  • Passionate Advocate for Tourism: South African Tourism is seeking individuals who are not only passionate about exploring the beauty and diversity of South Africa but also dedicated to leveraging tourism as a catalyst for economic growth and social development.
  • Analytical Thinker: A strong enthusiasm for research and data analysis is essential for understanding market trends, consumer behavior, and industry insights. Your ability to derive actionable insights from data will be invaluable in shaping effective tourism strategies.
  • Embracer of Challenges: South African Tourism values individuals who embrace challenges as opportunities for growth and innovation. Your eagerness to learn, adapt, and overcome obstacles will propel you forward in your journey.
  • Effective Communicator and Collaborator: Exceptional interpersonal, leadership, and influencing skills are vital for building meaningful relationships with colleagues, stakeholders, and partners. Your proficiency in written and verbal English communication will enable you to effectively convey ideas and collaborate across teams.
  • Team Player with Independence: While collaboration is key, South African Tourism also values candidates who can work independently, taking initiative and accountability for their work. Your ability to seamlessly transition between teamwork and independent tasks will contribute to the success of SA Tourism projects.
  • Cross-Functional Interest and High Energy: South African Tourism is looking for individuals with a diverse range of interests and a high level of energy to drive innovation and collaboration across various business units and projects.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Upholding high standards of quality and professionalism is non-negotiable. Your commitment to delivering excellence in every task you undertake will align with their dedication to providing exceptional experiences for tourists and stakeholders alike.
  • Thrives in a Fast-Paced Environment: The tourism industry is dynamic and fast-paced, requiring individuals who can thrive under pressure and adapt quickly to changing circumstances. Your ability to remain composed and focused in a fast-paced environment will be crucial for success in this role.

Application Process:

CV Submission: Send your CV to

Note: People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you haven’t heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. No late applications will be accepted.

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Kickstart your career in the tourism sector and be part of shaping South Africa’s future. Apply now for the SA Tourism Graduate Internship Programme and embark on a rewarding journey.

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