Work Integrated Learning and Internships


At SAE Institute we are committed to providing our students with the skills and a work ethic that prepares them for long and inspired careers. In addition to our globally recognized higher education qualifications, we also provide our students with numerous formal and informal opportunities to engage with leading companies in their field of study. Both the Higher Certificate and Degree Programmes have a compulsory credited Work Integrated Learning component and we facilitate ongoing internship opportunities throughout the course and upon completion of the course. These opportunities allow students to work at some of the most inspiring and respected companies in the country.


For each discipline that we teach (Animation, Film & Sound) our graduates are required to work at a company for Work Integrating Learning. The companies are carefully selected and the programme is continually monitored to ensure the student experience is aligned with specific jobs that suit their needs, career aspirations and educational level. A strict tracking process is followed with feedback reports from employers as well as reflective practices from the students.

These invaluable opportunities provide real-world experience of what it is like to work in the industry and students are able to put what they have learnt to the test, whilst making career defining contacts.

The Work Integrated Learning programme is credited and carries notional hours. Students will be assessed on their academic results, attendance, diligence, attitude and success in their workplace.


SAE assists students with work place Internship placements with a variety of industry studios, production companies, media houses and event companies.

Internships are typically 3 – 6 months with students often being employed permanently by the companies once the period is over. Internships are key to bridging the gap between studying and the industry – opportunities are formed within our learning environment and are strengthened in the workplace.

Some of Our Work Integrated Learning and Internship partners:

  • Open Book Festival
  • Sir Juice
  • Earthdance, Summer Camp
  • Rocking the Daisies
  • Cape Town International Film Festival
  • Zootee Film Studios
  • Red Bull Studios
  • Giant Films
  • Stage 5
  • Flipside Events
  • Reel Partners