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Department of Higher Education Internships 2024

Department of Higher Education Internships 2024

The Department of Higher Education and Training invites South African unemployed Graduates who are between the ages of 18 – 35 years to apply for the 2024 Internship Programme.


To fill the gaps and holes within the country’s economy this department is committed to giving talented candidates the opportunity to reach their goals with internship opportunities. They aim to promote the development, training, and education of all South Africans for a sustainable future.

Department of Higher Education Internships Available

The Department of Higher Education has a wide selection of career paths available as many positions are within the training and education sector.  Candidates can look at the following fields and much more available with the department. They assist with scarce skills employment within the workforce and training is a vital point to bridging the gap between education and the workforce.

    • Administration
    • Office Administration
    • Public Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Asset Management
    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • Auditing
    • Law / Legal
    • Supply Chain
    • Marketing
    • Logistics
    • Development Studies
    • Communications
    • Media Studies
    • Journalism
    • Information Technology
    • Call Centre Management
    • Call Centre Customer Relations Management
    • Environmental Management
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Natural Science
    • System Development
    • Waste and Pollution Management
    • Town Planning
    • Travel and Tourism
    • Social Science
    • Risk Management
    • Photography
    • Graphics Designing
    • Police Administration
    • Ecology
    • Animal Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Health Economics
    • Performing Arts Technology
    • Public Relations
    • Human Resources
    • Audio Visual Arts
    • Strategic Management
    • Political studies – International Relations
    • Programming
    • Networking
    • Marine Science
    • Oceanography
  • Zoology

Successful candidates will receive a monthly allowance/stipend but will be responsible for their own accommodation, transport, and meals. Most internships are for a 12 month period and in some instances, candidates may be offered a permanent position, but it is not guaranteed.



Department of Higher Education Internships Requirements

If you would like to apply for an internship with any of the Government Departments the following requirements will have to be met.  Depending on the Department, there may be additional requirements.

    • Candidates must be a South African citizen and between the ages of 18 & 35
    • Candidates must live in South Africa and hold a valid ID document
    • Candidates must be unemployed and have not previously been part of a Government internship program
    • Candidates must be fluent in English (Speak, Read & Write)
    • Candidates must not hold a criminal record
    • Candidates must have a degree or qualification in the field that they are applying for
  • Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae with contactable references

Candidates are also urged to submit a covering letter which includes their interests, hobbies, extra activities and motivation for the application. Candidates with a disability are also urged to apply.

Department of Higher Education Internships Application

The Department of Higher Education internships applications online is not accessible. However, interested candidates can download the application form. The completed application with all relevant documentation can then be delivered to the Department of Higher Education via post or hand. Candidates can also find more information on their website, look at the available programs advertised here and also look at career assistance for guidance.

Postal Address:

The Director-General
Department of Higher Education
Private Bag X 174

Hand Delivery:
Department of Higher Education
123 Francis Baard Str.

Candidates are reminded to please ensure the reference number for the position applying for is clearly marked on the application. All documentation must be certified and attached to the application. The application must be completed in full and all contact details up-to-date.

Department of Higher Education Internships Closing Date

Closing dates differ slightly each year but usually, applications open the beginning of the year. Only those candidates selected who make the shortlist will be contacted. Candidates who have applied but have not had any correspondence within three months after the closing date can assume their application was unsuccessful. Applications that are missing documentation, incomplete or late will not be taken into consideration. Candidates must also ensure that all contact detail is up-to-date and working to be contacted if selected.