Can You Get an Internship After Matric?

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If you have recently matriculated or you are currently in matric and you are thinking about doing an internship but you're unsure if you can, we have the answers you are looking for. An internship is the perfect way to explore in the working world.


An internship is a working opportunity that is offered to graduates to gain some entry-level work experience in the field they wish to join.

Most internships require higher education qualifications in the field of the company, but in some cases they don't.

So yes, you can go straight into an internship after you complete high school. 

It would actually come as an advantage to do an internship straight after high school as it gives you a chance to explore the industry. You might find yourself not enjoying the industry you originally chose, giving yourself a chance to explore more options.

Doing an internship after high school looks good on your CV and University/College applications, having real work experience boosts your chances of future employment.

Interning allows people to network and build business relationships, teaching you the ins and outs of the business community.

If you intend to study after matric but you are unsure of what you would like to go into, an internship is a good way to decide. You will receive a variety of different tasks in the different faculties of the business, becoming familiar with all your options. 

This means that when you make a long-term academic commitment you know for sure that it will be something that you enjoy, creating a more positive future work space.

Internships generally last between 3 to 12 months, so a shorter internship before deciding what to study will be a huge advantage for you. 

Most internships offer a small stipend to their interns but you do, unfortunately, get companies that don't. These companies, however, provide rewards through work experience and other benefits.

Internships, in some cases, can lead to permanent employment for the intern, giving them a great opportunity to build themselves up and create a network in the industry sector.

It's a perfect opportunity to learn new skills from well accomplished people in the company and build relationships with other interns.

So if you are looking to dive straight into an internship after high school, go for it. Its an opportunity to grow and explore in the working world, before deciding on any long-term commitments. 

Click here to explore the available internships in South Africa


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Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a multitude of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even considering entrepreneurial ventures, each offering unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.

You've probably been contemplating the next chapter of your life all throughout the year asking yourself, 'what am I going to study after I finish completing my matric certificate exams?', 'am I going to study? What else can I do when I pass'? Well, we can help.


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