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Department of Environmental Affairs Internships 2024

Department of Environmental Affairs Internships 2024

If you love nature and the mysteries it holds, and you want to help in protecting it, then this is the right place for you.


This internship covers wildlife, ocean life, land and the air in our beautiful world. This is where you want to be! This is an exciting experience with nothing being the same every day; nature teaches us different things on a daily basis.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) invites unemployed graduates, who wish to apply for the 2021 Internship Programme. DEA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender and disability).

The persons with disabilities will receive preference for the Internship programme, and therefore encouraged to apply. DEA is inviting applicants who have not previously participated in any Internship programme and currently unemployed. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate or post graduate qualification from a recognised Higher Education Institution in the following study fields. Correspondence will only be limited to successful candidates.


Human resource development strategy for public service was approved in 2002, which includes an internship structure and a scarce skills strategy. This structure allows for a successful and well-organized internship plan, allowing the gap between academic study and the workplace to be bridged. For unemployed youths, this is a great opportunity.

Objectives of this internship program:

Boosting the youth development and employability.

High-quality of learning within the department of environmental affairs.

Promoting skills through coaching.

Thought for interns who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification.

Department of Environmental Affairs Internships Available

The field of internships with this Department is quite wide as it covers all aspects related to the environment and more.

Candidates can look at the following fields as a guideline and more:

  • Legal
  • Administration
  • Asset Management
  • Business Administration
  • Junior Environmental Scientist
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Media Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Communications
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Environmental Practice Assessor
  • Environmental Management
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Customer Relations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Town Planning
  • Junior Consultant
  • Waste Management
  • Logistics and Procurement
  • Zoology
  • Natural Science
  • Marine Science
  • Oceanography
  • Tourism
  • Environmental Law
  • Anthropology
  • Community Conservation
  • Rural Development
  • Geography
  • Social History

Department of Environmental Affairs Internships 2024 Requirements

Candidates who would like to apply for internships in any of the fields made available by the Department will have to meet all set requirements before applying. The internships are best for candidates between the ages of 18 and 35. Depending on the field applying for, candidates may be required to have a diploma or degree within that field.


Candidates will all require the following:

  • Candidates must be a South African citizen
  • Candidates must hold a valid ID document
  • Candidates must have a valid Matric certificate
  • Candidates Must show commitment and a love for the environment

Previously disadvantaged South African students are offered these internships. This creates a continuous development program which will create skilled and experienced people for the future and give us mobility in both the public and the private sector.

The Department of Environmental affairs gives unemployed South Africans graduates and postgraduate students who have not been employed before in an internship the opportunity to partake in this field. The payment to take part in the internship program will depend on the field.

If you are successful it will be necessary to sign an internship contract for a period of 1 year.

Department of Environmental Affairs Internships Application

Department of Environmental Affairs internships applications online is not available. This department advertises their internship intake, yearly in local newspapers and other media print forms. These are usually made available within the last quarter of the year. Candidates may download the Z83 Application form to apply. Completed applications with certified documentation can be delivered to the following people by post or e-mail: (find their address on their website)

Candidates must please attach the following to their application:

  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Certified copy of Matric certificate
  • Certified copy of full Academic records
  • Certified copy of all Qualifications
  • Detailed and accurate Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, yet, all applications will be taken into consideration. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to and interview and/or to partake in a range of tests prior to awarding of the internship.

Internships Closing Dates

The department usually opens their intake for applications during September yearly. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of the same year.

Most of these internships are only for a 12 to 24 month period and eager, young, talented candidates are invited to apply within their fields. Candidates will receive a monthly stipend, however, the Department does not provide accommodation, meals or transport.

Candidates are reminded to please complete all fields or the applications, sign the application and ensure all relevant documentation is certified and attached to the application. Applications received late, incomplete or even after the closing date will not be taken into consideration.