Government Internships In South Africa.

Government Internships In South Africa.

Most sectors of Government has internships made available each year.  The fields, requirements, stipends and application processes differ slightly.  However, we have included information that can be found with most Departments here.  This will aid you in finding an internship that is ideal for you.
All Departments of Government support the labour laws, equity act and seek young talented candidates for a variety of internships.  Unemployed graduates, people with disability and those from previously disadvantaged communities are all welcome to apply.
Most of the internships will run for a period of 12 months.  During this time, candidates will receive a stipends, while gaining invaluable knowledge and experience.  The Government Departments aim to enhance the youth’s development, foster scare skills and create an economically stable community.
Internships will be advertised via media print, online platforms as well as through University campus career offices.

Government Internships Available

If all Departments of Government is taken into consideration, the fields available for interns are vast.  Candidates may want to look at one of the following fields, but note that there are more fields available with the departments.

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

Many of these can be found with the following departments:

Government 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 possess a valid South African ID
  • Candidates must live in South Africa
  • Candidates must be unemployed
  • Candidates must be fluent in English (Speak, Read & Write)
  • Each Department has an age restriction, however most require candidates by under 35 years of age
  • Candidates must not have a criminal record
  • Candidates must hold a degree or qualification within the field that they are applying for
  • Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae with contactable references
  • Candidates must have great team spirit, be willing and eager to work with good inter-personal skills

Candidates are also urged to submit a covering letter.  Included here ought to be your interests, hobbies, extra activities and motivation for your application.


The Government internships application process will differ for each Department.  For general enquiries about all internships and Departments that have availability contact: 012 – 4416735.
Applications to the Justice Department enquiries can be directed to the following people:
Mr. Anthony Canham
074 8234 495
Ms. Samantha Fisher
078 4605 121
Ms. Kgomotso Mogashoa
074 5820 768
Each Regional or National Department of Justice has its own application process.  Applications thus need to be directed to such office, including the applicable placement number for your center of choice.  The applications can be directed to the following postal addresses:
National Office – The Director-General
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Private Bag X81
Gauteng – The Regional Head
Private Bag X6
North West – The Regional Head
Private Bag X2033
Limpopo – The Regional Head
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Private Bag X9526
Mpumalanga – The Regional Head
Private Bag X11249
Free State – The Regional Head
Private Bag X20578
Kwazulu-Natal – The Regional Head
Private Bag X54372
Western Cape – The Regional Head
Private Bag X9171
Cape Town
Eastern Cape
The Regional Head
Private Bag X9065
East London
Northern Cape – The Regional Head
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Private Bag X6106
Applications to the Department of Science and Technology enquiries, can be directed as follow:
These application must all be submitted online HERE.  Candidates will be required to register and log-in before they can complete the application.  For any additional enquiries, candidates may contact the support desk at: 012 – 481 4202 or send an e-mail to:
Applications to the Department of Arts and Culture are not available currently, however enquiries can be made at: 012 – 441 3486 or send an e-mail to:
Applications to the Department of Public Services and Administration can be made via this FORM.
Once you have completed your application fully, attached all relevant documentation and are sure it is signed, you may post or hand deliver it.  Applications that are e-mailed or faxed through will NOT be considered.
Please address your application to:
Mr. Themba Nkolwana
Department of Public Services and Administration
Private Bag X916
Or alternatively hand deliver to:
Mr. Themba Nkolwana
Batho Pele House
116 Johannes Ramokhoase Street (formerly known as Proes Street)
Cnr. Johannes Ramokhoase and Sophie De Bruin Street
Applications to the Department of Environmental Affairs can be made using this FORM.  Please ensure you attach all documentation required, these must be certified copies, NOT your originals, and also a curriculum vitae.  Any and all enquiries can be directed to the following people or departments:
Director – Sector Education, Training and Development
012 – 3999 922
Call Center
086 1112 468
E-Mail: callcentre@
Switch Board
012 3999 000

Closing Date

The closing date for these internships will vary in accordance to the department.  However most of the Government internships start the 1st April each year, they run for 12 months, thus ending the 31st of March of the following year.  Candidates who are interested in applying will have to do so by the end of February or March each year.  New applications will be send out in June, July and September yearly, depending on the Department.
Correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.  If you have not heard from the Department you have applied to, within three months after the closing date, candidates can deem their application as being unsuccessful.