International Sports Management Internship

International Sports Management Internship

You are a graduate or a student of business admin, sports management, sports sciences or non-profit management with an interest to  collect international professional experience? You are looking for a versatile internship or volunteer placement and you are keen to learn more about the potential of sports for development?

Then this international sports management internship in an extraordinary soccer club in Cape Town, South Africa provides ample of opportunities to learn and grow, and contribute to a good cause at the same time! 

Football speaks a universal language that transcends borders and connects people from different social and cultural backgrounds. The belief in this potential of football led to the foundation of this dedicated football club in Cape Town in 2014.


The goals of the club do not only include the promotion of professional football and the development of a professional team that can compete on a national and international level. Other equally important goals are the use of football as a tool in social and educational work as well as bringing people from different social and cultural backgrounds together.


Today, around 320 male and female players train in 14 youth teams (U6 – U18) and play in various local and regional leagues. There is also two senior teams – a women’s team and a men’s team that play at regional league level. Once a week, the club organises “Rainbow Soccer” – where young and old from all social and cultural backgrounds meet to play football as a hobby or as a way to meet people from all walks of life.


The structure of the club as well as the training concept is characterised by a holistic intervention model that focuses on the social and economic challenges of players from historically disadvantaged communities. Player development is not only about technical and tactical skills. There is also a strong focus on health issues (nutrition, hygiene, lifestyle) and personal and mental skills (values, self-confidence, goal orientation).


For children and young people, the club offers homework support and tutoring, while older players take part in the club’s vocational orientation, further education and employment programme. Suitable players are trained as coaches and find their first job in the club. Other players are placed in local partner companies and organisations through the employment programme.


The association is financed by membership fees and various South African, English and German sponsors. Patron of the association is Jürgen Klopp, former professional footballer and current coach of Liverpool FC.


As versatile as the club is, so are the opportunities to support this club as an intern or volunteer. You either assist the clubs soccer and fitness programmes or health, nutrition, education and employment programmes that are offered together with the club’s partner organisations.


This versatile International Sports Management Internship in Cape Town South Africa allows you a deep insight into the sport-loving nation of South Africa. You will meet and work along sinde people from very differnt social and cultural backgrounds and you will learn a lot about the potential of sports in international development work.

Quick Facts

Location: Cape Town

Starting Date: Flexible

Duration: from 8 Weeks

Focus Areas:Sports Management, Sports Sciences, Marketing, Business Administration, Social Media, Sponsoring, Football and Fitness Coaching, Monitorin&Evaluation, Media Management, Non-Profit Management, Nutrition, Public Health Management

Accommodation: in double or single room in the house or flat together with volunteers, interns, soccer players of the senior team as well as coaches

Requirements: Experience or skills in Sports Management, Sport Sciences, Marketing, Business Administration, Non-Profit Management, Communication or Fundraising; enthusiasm for mass participation sports and professional sports

As part of this international sports management internship your tasks will be adjusted to your qualifications and interests and will incude:


  • Marketing & Fundraising: Research and approach potential donors, develop fundraising campaigns and fundraising events
  • Business Administration: Project Administration tasks, further development of the business modell, income generating projects as well as merchandise
  • Public Relations:  Webdesign, incl. Content Management and SEO, Draft media briefings or press releases, social media, incl. media management, photography and feature film making and editing
  • Monitoring & Evaluation: Assessment and documentation of the programmes’ impact


Sports Management interns and volunteers are also welcome to support other programmes of the club, for example:

  • Support soccer and fitness coaching sessions with different age groups
  • Develop training material for fitness, stretching and fascia training
  • Support homework support and other educational activities (esp. reading and writing support) for players of different age groups
  • Nutrition: Further development of information and training material on nutrition

Total costs for an 8-week Sports Management Internship in South Africa , including all programme fees, travel and living costs: from 2.500 €


What is included:

  • Return Flight from Europe to South Africa*
  • International Health Insurance*
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 1-day orientation programme with city tour to introduce you to past and current achievements and challenges of South Africa’s young democracy
  • Accommodation in double room (single room available upon request)**
  • Food***
  • Qualified support and advise around volunteer and internship placements in South Africa
  • Processing of application documents, contracts as well as paperwork to get the programme accredited by your university
  • Support with applications for scholarships or financial aid
  • Support with all travel preparations (Flight, Visa, Insurances, Vaccinations, Transfer to the project etc.)
  • 24/7 Support in cases of emergency
  • Professional supervision and guidance on your job
  • Support in organising weekend activities
  • Access to live&learn network in South Africa as well as contact to other participants before departure
  • Competent contact persons in Cape Town to support you with all questions and problems while you are in South Africa
  • Volunteer and/or internship confirmation for your CV


* You will book your own flights and travel insurance. The costs are included in the quoted total costs.

** A single room is available at additional costs.

*** You are catering for yourself. The costs for 3 meals per day are included in the quoted total costs.


Not included: Personal expenditure for  free time activities

  • We are your South Africa experts.
  • We offer personal & individual advice. You are not just a number.
  • We guarantee you a placement in the project of your choice and help you with all paperwork including volunteer and internship agreements, scholarship application and visa application.
  • We support you in your entire travel planning and provide you with insider tips that you will not find in any travel guidebook.
  • We connect you with other live&learn participants.
  • We welcome you personally at the airport and help you settle into life and work in South Africa.
  • We are your contact persons during your entire stay in South Africa.
  • We provide comprehensive and clear information on costs and financing options before you book.
  • We subject all our projects to regular quality control.
  • All our partner projects contribute to the implementation of human rights and are committed to social and environmental justice and sustainability in South Africa.

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