South African Airways offers a variety programmes that positively prepare South Africa’s youth to take on a progressive career journey. Our Youth Development Programmes are designed to expose youth to new knowledge and opportunities to practise skills in the workplace.

We want to empower tomorrow’s generation to become an integral part of the workplace by empowering them to reach for their dreams.

SAA offers the following Youth Development Programmes:

  • The Internship Programme is a unique opportunity to gain business skills in the aviation industry. We provide interns with valuable work experience for a limited period (minimum 6 months and maximum one year).

    Apart from practical hands-on work experience and in-depth knowledge gained, they benefit from being exposed to the world of work and the aviation environment in particular.

    Upon completion of the Internship Programme, interns will be better prepared for a work role in their career fields of study.

    The career fields within the SAA Group that support the Internship Programme include:

    • Accounting
    • Computer Science or Information Systems
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Risk Management
    • Financial
    • Aviation Operations
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Mathematics or Statistics
    • Human Resources or Psychology
    • Marketing or Communications
    • Management Science
    • Law
    • Professional Cookery
    • Transport and Logistics
    • Aviation Operations
    • Supply Chain Management


    The Programme will provide you with the following benefits:

    • You will gain an understanding of the working world from a perspective of “what can I do with my qualification?”
    • You will gain exposure to your field of expertise.
    • You will acquire critical business competencies.
    • The Internship Programme may open the door to future potential working opportunities within SAA (although this is not guaranteed).
    • You will add a valuable reference to your CV as you will have worked for a premium brand.


    In order to apply for our Internship Programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

    • Currently studying in final year or postgraduate studies and require mandatory in-service training of 6 months to qualify/recently completed studies in the last 12 months
    • Must have no prior work experience in the field of study
    • Good academics and extracurricular involvement
    • Must have a positive attitude
    • Basic computer literacy
    • Good communication skills
    • Results-driven
    • Live the SAA Values of accountability, integrity, customer focused, safety, excellence in performance and valuing our people

    Please note that our Youth Development Programme is aimed at providing successful candidates with tuition and practical exposure for a limited time period. Although the programme may open the door to further employmet within SAA, this is not guaranteed.

    • Please note all candidates must be South African citizens
    • Candidates may be expected to undergo pre-employment assessments and criminal and qualification checks
    • SAA is committed to Employment Equity and all appointments will be made in this context
    • Candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply

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