Work with us

There are a number of ways to work with us and join our efforts to impact the future of our cities, communities and spaces.


Start Date: August 2022

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The Our Future Cities Urbanism Learnership and Development programme is a unique, rigorous and challenging learning experience which runs across 6 months and is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

The core pillars of the programme are:

  • Education: this comprises studying and engaging with a selection of reports, documents and past projects which culminates in an Assessment. Those who meet the benchmark are invited to continue for the remaining 5 months. See the full syllabus here
  • Project Experience: this entails gaining experience through exposure to a selection of projects in placemaking and public spaces, housing, planning, architecture, sustainability, mobility and community development
  • Events and Activities: Attending and participating in a wide range of activities and events including  walking and cycling, exhibitions and conferences, site visits, art projects and more
  • Skills Development: this provides an opportunity to develop technical skills in research, communication, project management, facilitation, engagement and proposal development

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  • Deadline: 14 August 2022 at 12:00 GMT+2

The Our Future Cities Urbanism Learnership and Development Programme is in its 11 year with our alumni now working around in the world in government, private sector and the NGO community.


Phase 1: Month 1 – 2

  • A 6-8 week introduction to urbanism covering areas relating to each of our 5 focus areas: This includes amongst others topics from public spaces, affordable housing, smart cities, mobility, walkability, partnership-building and communication
  • A 1-day assessment based on a selection of our past research studies and reports

Interns that score above the benchmark of 600 / 1000 will be invited to continue in the programme.

Phase 2: Month 2 to Month 6

  • Working across projects including site visits in Cape Town and possibly South Africa
  • Research, engagement and project management skills development in a selection of our projects
  • Engagement with stakeholders, project partners, clients and key leaders in urbanism

Additional Information

  • Limited positions are available and the programme is offered at no cost
  • The preferred candidates are energetic, curious and hardworking young people passionate about gaining experience in urbanism. 
  • The ideal candidate has the time and desire to explore topics related to future cities, including affordable housing, public spaces, transport and mobility, urban design, architecture, economics or a related built environment field. 
  • Please note that no academic background in urbanism, cities, design is required

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Please note: Only queries directed to will be responded to.


From time to time we need extra help with our work. From researching public spaces to engaging people to preparing for an event to leading a walking tour. We love working with volunteers who understand and support our mission and values.

If you are interested in volunteering some of your time and expertise we would love to hear from you. Send an email to


Our Future Cities is always looking to expand its family of consultants, researchers and contractors.

  • Junior Researchers with 1-2 years working experience
  • Mid-level Researchers 2-5 years working experience
  • Project Managers in the field of cities, urbanism and design

Contact: with the following required documents:

  • 1-page Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • A portfolio of previous works
  • Your daily and hourly rate