Human Sciences Research Council: Internships (Nationwide)


Company Human Sciences Research Council

Reference # PYEI/WC/1120

Published 17/11/2020

Contract Type Contract

6 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa


In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Human and Social Capabilities (HSC) research programme within the HSRC employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, three-quarters of which are donor-funded.

The HSC conducts transdisciplinary, intersectional, policy and programme-relevant research to improve health, well-being and promote a socially just and cohesive society.

A flagship HSC project is to create an internship opportunity for graduates who are not able to enter an increasingly hostile and drastically changed labour market. This project falls under the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention (PYEI) within the HSC division in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation.


Available positions: 800 – 1000 graduates


Gauteng ref: PYEI/GT/1120

Western Cape ref: PYEI/WC/1120

KwaZulu Natal ref: PYEI/KZN/1120

Free State ref: PYEI/FS/1120

Northern Cape ref: PYEI/NC/1120

Eastern Cape ref: PYEI/EC/1120

Ref: Please use correct regional reference

Successful recruits need to have a Bachelor’s degree (NQF7)/National Diploma (NQF6) in one of the following disciplines:

Education, Economics, Geography, Social Sciences, Public Health, Health Sciences, Finance, Arts, Human Resources, Administration, Law, IT / Computer Sciences and other related disciplines.

The successful recruits will receive training to develop various skills to support their professional and personal growth. Recruits will be deployed to do rapid health risk assessments within local communities and will support other research projects through various tasks in project support and documentation. Groups of recruits will be required to work in the following areas:

•Eastern Cape:

oNelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan

oOR Tambo District

oSarah Baartman District

oGarden Route

•Free State:

oLejweleputswa District

oMangaung District


oEkurhuleni Metropolitan

oCity of Tshwane Metropolitan




oUgu District

oUMgungundlovu District

oZululand District

•Northern Cape:

oFrances Baard District

oPixley ka Seme District

•Western Cape:

oCity of Cape Town Metropolitan

oCape Winelands District

oGarden Route

Job Functions Research

Industries Research


•Participate in various stages of the research process using the appropriate tools.

•Support the management of projects, as allocated by the division.

•Ensure quality work by following correct policies, processes, procedures and steps as outlined in the training manual.

•Manage assets and tools of trade as allocated and provided by the HSRC.

•Strictly adhere to all HSRC policies and procedures and risk management processes.


•Applicants should preferably reside in the abovementioned areas of work as no relocation allowance will be provided.

•Applicants must have completed their studies and graduated with a bachelor’s degree or national diploma in the selected disciplines prior to 01 January 2021.

•Must be a South African and must have studied in the South African universities/colleges.

•Must be 35 years of age or younger on the date of appointment on 01 January 2021.

•Must not be employed by any other party at the date of appointment on 01 January 2021.

•Must have a strong ability to read, write and speak English.

•Candidates must have experience and confidence in using electronic tablets and laptops.

•Must be available full time from 01 January 2021 to 30 June 2021.

•Must be able to function and work with a diverse group of individuals.

•Must be a good communicator and be willing to work in teams.

•Willingness to execute duties on weekends and after hours, as required by the project role.

•Be committed, responsible, self-disciplined, driven, honest, trustworthy and diligent.

•The HSRC is an affirmative action employer and promotes the employment of the previously disadvantaged applicants, including minorities, women and people with disabilities.

•At least 5% of the applicants must be people with disabilities;

who meet the minimum criteria e.g. is a South African, 35 years or younger, graduated with diploma or degree at a South African university/ college.

Documents to attach to your applications are:

Your detailed two page CV with contact details

Certified matric certificate

Certified copy of your degree / or diploma certificate

Certified ID document

Please state the reference of the region you wish to be based on your application

Please answer the following questions on your motivation letter:

Have you completed your matric? Yes/No

Have you completed your diploma (NQF6) or degree (NQF7) before 01 January 2021? Yes/No

Do you foresee any engagement in the period 01 January 2021 to 30 June 2021? Yes/No

Are you available for placement full time from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021? Yes/No

Are you a South African and younger than 35 years? Yes/No

All certifications must be within the last three months before application.

Send the documents to this e-mail address:

Please note that you may only apply once.

Click HERE to also apply online

Please note the following for online applications:

•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone.

•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.

•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile.

•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.

•Should you have any HR enquiries ONLY, not applications, please send your query citing reference number to

•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.

•For further information, NOT applications please e-mail

Details about the HSRC can be found at

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.

Closing date: 30th November 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Job Closing Date 30/11/2020

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