DST-NRF Internship Programme

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates are afforded an opportunity to acquire practical work experience and improve their competencies through mentoring and exposure to a research environment.

Internship opportunities are also offered to successful candidates to gain experience in research management, research support and administration at public higher education and research institutions, through a partnership with the Southern African Research & Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Establish a pool of skilled human resources for the Public and Private Sector, Science Councils, Science Institutions and the National System of Innovation (NSI);
  • Provide university graduates and postgraduates with work experience in SET fields commensurate with their qualifications, thus increasing their chances of employment;
  • Provide SET graduates and postgraduates with exposure to research and development projects that are critical to the NSI and to attract them to pursue careers in the National System of Innovation;
  • Build capacity in research management at higher education institutions (HEIs) and research institutions.

An invitation is hereby extended to your institution to participate in the DST-NRF Internship Programme by hosting DST-NRF interns for a period of 12 months, from 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

The minimum requirement for placement is a Bachelor’s degree in SET or related disciplines. For those interested in research management, an honours degree or a four-year degree is the required minimum qualification.

For more information contact the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Tel: +27 21 953 8600, E-mail: cpgs@cput.ac.za