The internship application process for 2016/17 is now open. Rolling applications accepted.

Please note that only applications in the format required below will be opened or considered. Any applications received with any unnecessary additional documents, sheets, or material will not be reviewed.

What you need to know?

  • you don’t need a formal background in urbanism or design
  • you do need to have excellent written and verbal skills in English
  • you should be mobile, whether by public transport or bicycle or car
  • it is an unpaid internship, and you should be able to commit 2.5 days per week (data, travel and other basic costs are covered)
  • interns are required to be based in Cape Town (for Future Cape Town) or in Lagos (for Future Lagos) for this round of applications

When, how, where?

  • Deadline: Rolling applications accepted.
  • Term: 6 months (minimum) but preference will be given to candidates who can commit more than 6 months.
  • Where: Cape Town


Email a one page attachment to  (subject line : Internship Application | “Name Surname” ),

At the top of the page, add your preferred name, age and location: e.g. Jane Smith | 26 | Bogota

Please answer these three questions (size 11 font, Helvetica)

  1. What you have been occupied with or working on, in the past 3 years?
  2. Why would you specifically want to work with Future Cape Town / Future Lagos ?
  3. What can you bring to our work and organisation that you would consider unique?

Have questions? First read this, then mail with subject line “Question”.

That’s it. We’ll get in touch from there.

Read about 2015

and our team, collaborators and partners, and press releases.

Read about 2014

In 2014, more so than ever, we were been forced to stretch our capacity and imagination. We remain very proud of our role in co-creating the project, Department of Design, a major highlight and in 2015, our cross-city, collaborations and public space work has demanded immense energy.

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Through the power of social media we have amplified our voice to reach over 50,000 social media followers with our #CityTalk tweetchats with This Big City now at over 30. We have once again surpassed the 100,000 visitor mark at our website with improvements and changes to the look and content already on the cards. Our 15 part podcast series Metropolist exposed us to a new medium, while our design walking tours encouraged more people to see the city with new eyes.

We have been proud to share our work and views with local and international media, like Monocle, Icon Magazine and others, as well as at exhibitions from City Hall to Orleans in France. As important, is our role to stimulate debate and we have done so through events like the Design Africa Symposium, Design, Cities and the World Cup , the Density Syndicate and through our regular engagement with citizens and the media.

With new projects like our Young Urbanists community, and a few new collaborations (perhaps a publication?) on the cards, 2015 will need all the team-power possible.

While we catch our breath, and thank our team in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos and London, we are looking for energetic and reliable people to help us take our organisation even further. Interns have the opportunity to report, research and engage with some of the leading projects, people and discussions impacting the future of cities, in addition to supporting our daily operations and programme activities.