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Department of Science and Innovation (DSI-HSRC): Internships 2024 New Application

We are seeking enthusiastic and driven individuals to join our internship program. This opportunity is designed to provide hands-on experience and exposure to the dynamic world of social science research, policy development, and innovation initiatives. As an intern at the DSI-HSRC, you will have the chance to collaborate with leading experts in your field of interest, contribute to ongoing projects, and gain valuable skills that will shape your future career.

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  • Assist research teams in conducting literature reviews, data collection, and analysis.
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals, reports, and presentations.
  • Support project coordination and administrative tasks as needed.
  • Engage in collaborative discussions and learning sessions within the department.
  • Participate in workshops, seminars, and training programs to enhance skills and knowledge.
  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD program in social sciences, economics, public policy, or related fields.
  • Strong interest in social science research, innovation, and policy development.
  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in research methodologies and data analysis tools is an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented environment.
Job Benefits
  • Mentorship and Professional Development: Interns will receive guidance and mentorship from experienced researchers and professionals in their field. This includes opportunities for skill development, networking, and learning sessions to enhance their knowledge base.
  • Hands-On Experience: Gain practical, real-world experience by working on ongoing research projects, contributing to reports, conducting analysis, and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Exposure to Cutting-Edge Research: Access to cutting-edge research initiatives and exposure to innovative methodologies, technologies, and diverse perspectives within the social sciences.
  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with professionals, experts, and researchers within the department and potentially build valuable connections for future career opportunities.
  • Training and Workshops: Participation in workshops, seminars, and training programs tailored to enhance specific skills related to research, data analysis, policy development, or other relevant areas.
  • Personal Growth: Develop critical skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and project management that are essential for a successful career in social science research and related fields.
  • Flexible Work Environment: Experience a flexible and collaborative work culture that encourages innovation, creativity, and a healthy work-life balance.
  • Compensation: This internship program offers financial compensation for interns during their tenure, supporting them in their educational pursuits and practical experience.
  • Recognition and Exposure: Opportunities to showcase work through presentations, publications, or involvement in significant projects, providing visibility and recognition within the research community.
  • Potential for Future Opportunities: Outstanding interns may be considered for future employment opportunities within the Department of Science and Innovation or other affiliated organizations based on performance and availability.
  1. Review Internship Details: Obtain comprehensive information about the internship program, including its duration, eligibility criteria, and specific requirements. Ensure that your qualifications and interests align with the program's goals.
  2. Prepare Application Materials:
    • Resume/CV: Create or update your resume to highlight relevant education, skills, experiences, and achievements.
    • Cover Letter: Craft a tailored cover letter expressing your interest in the internship, explaining how your background aligns with the program, and showcasing your motivation and enthusiasm.
    • Transcripts/Writing Samples: If requested, gather any academic transcripts, writing samples, or portfolios that demonstrate your capabilities and academic achievements.
  3. Submission of Application:
    • Compile all required documents (resume, cover letter, transcripts, etc.) as per the internship program's guidelines.
    • Check the preferred method of submission. This could be through an online application portal, email, or a specific contact person mentioned in the internship announcement.
  4. Application Submission:
    • Submit your application materials within the specified deadline.
    • Ensure that all documents are properly labeled and formatted according to the provided instructions.
  5. Follow-Up and Confirmation:
    • After submitting your application, consider sending a polite follow-up email or message within a reasonable timeframe to confirm receipt and express gratitude for the opportunity.
  6. Interview Process (if applicable):
    • If shortlisted, you might be contacted for an interview. Prepare by researching the department, reviewing your application materials, and practicing common interview questions related to your field of interest.
  7. Selection and Notification:
    • Upon completion of the interview process (if applicable), successful candidates will be selected based on their qualifications, interview performance, and alignment with the internship's objectives.
    • Candidates will be notified of their selection or non-selection through the contact information provided in their application.
Employment Type
Duration of employment
3 Months
Government Administration
Job Location
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0002, South Africa
Working Hours
Date posted
May 16, 2024
Valid through
January 8, 2028
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