Monday, August 27, 2018

HSRC: Masters Internship 2018 / 2019 in South Africa

Human Sciences Research Council
 invites applicants to apply for Masters
Internship Programme for 2018 / 2019 in South Africa.
Internship Application Closing Date:
30 July 2018
Internship Location: South Africa
Internship ProviderHuman
Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
The Education and Skills Development Research
Programme focuses on research that contributes to
social transformation, human development and an
inclusive economic growth path through an educated,
skilled and informed citizenry. We conduct research
to (i) Improve schooling outcomes, (ii) Aid young
people to navigate the future of work, (iii)
Transform higher education, and to (iv) Promote
anti-racism and citizenship education.
As part of our mandate to equip a new generation of
scholars, we are currently seeking to appoint two
research trainees who are currently in the process
of completing a master’s degree at a South African
university. To be eligible for this position you
must be currently registered. Strongest candidates
would have finished the course work component of
the degree, and are close to submission of their
We are looking for energetic candidates in the
humanities, social or economic sciences and with a
commitment to education and youth development, and
who are keen to develop a career in policy-relevant
and transformative research. In addition to working
towards the completion of their university degrees,
interns are required to participate in all aspects
of the research process as they work alongside
research experts.
Job FunctionsResearch
The Research Intern will participate in the
following activities under supervision:
•Reviewing research reports and journal articles
and other literature;
•The execution and management of research
•The collection and analysis of data;
•Administering relevant interview schedules,
questionnaires, observation schedules and other
tools for data collection;
•Capturing, coding and analysing data from various
data-collection activities; and
•Assist in preparing and writing reports for
publication and dissemination.
Applicants should:
•Be currently registered for a Master’s degree, and
be close to completion (but not yet graduated);
•Be prepared to travel to undertake fieldwork;
•Be curious and enthusiastic about a research
career that includes qualitative and quantitative
data analysis;
•Possess data management/data analysis/statistical
•Have knowledge of and demonstrable working
experience in at least one of the following
software packages: MS Excel, MS Access, SPSS,
Stata, NVivo or Atlas.ti;
•Have some work experience in the field of
education or youth development; and
•Be able to work independently as well as in a
The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages
depending on qualifications and experience.
Applications: In your application, please include:
(1) your CV; (2) a letter of motivation; (3) the
names of three recent referees (with telephone and
e-mail contact details); and (4) a writing sample
not exceeding 6,000 words and a one-page outline of
your Master’s thesis (or the abstract of the
thesis). The HSRC will only consider applications
that comply with the above requirements. Applicants
will be required to undertake a written exercise in
the competencies required for the position.
How to apply
Please submit your application on-line at
If you experience challenges uploading documents,
you may send them to 
[email protected]

indicating the reference number in the subject line
but you will still need to register your
application on Skills Map. Further details of the
HSRC and ESD can be found on our website at
Enquiries about the nature of the position, and NOT
applications, may be directed to Dr Michael Gastrow
via email at [email protected]
The HSRC is committed to improving the proportion
of its staff who are black, female or disabled.
Closing date: 31 July 2018
We encourage applicants to submit prior to this
date. Applicants who have not been contacted within
eight weeks should assume that their application
has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are
interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their
The HSRC reserves the right not to make an
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