2025 Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) Internships Opened

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) has opened its 2025 Internship program and is inviting all unemployed graduates to apply now. All interested applicants should apply using the details below.

CLOSING DATE: 02 September 2025

“Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute” (SPII) is a Johannesburg, South Africa non-profit think tank dedicated to advancing South Africa’s Constitution and to eradicating poverty and inequality through empirical research. An Intern in Research and Administration is needed for a fixed-term assignment at SPII

Position: Research and Administrative Intern

Duration: 6 months (fixed term)

Terms: 5 days per week

Stipend: R7 000 per month (not negotiable)

This position will work across a number of our key projects, including our social security and decent standard of living work, all of which are aligned to our focus on the reduction of poverty and inequality in South Africa, through the realisation of the transformative socio-economic rights in the Constitution.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Applicant must have a first degree in:

  • Human rights/Constitutional law,
  • Politics,
  • Economics,
  • Development,
  • or a related field.
  • Honours degree is an advantage.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the Research Manager and Research team to support SPII’s research work on the Social Security and Decent Standard of Living 2025 research projects.
  • Undertake primary and secondary research work as well as research writing, where necessary.
  • Assist with projects implementation and monitoring.
  • Assist with the administration of the research unit’s projects – in support to the senior and junior Researchers.
  • Assist with the development of research proposals and with compiling reports, as required.
  • Engage in networking and the profile raising of SPII by participating in relevant workshops, conferences and stakeholder meetings.
  • Engage in media and publicity work for SPII, as required.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Research team.
  • Provide ad hoc assistance to the general work of SPII, as required.

INTERNSHIP COMPETENCIES

  • An interest in human rights particularly in relation to socio-economic rights.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a small team, and a demonstrated ability to use initiative and to take a proactive approach to work.
  • Communication skills – ability and confidence to speak in public and with stakeholders.
  • Proven experience with using social media for campaigning.
  • Good English reading and writing skills are essential.
  • The ability to communicate in at least one other South African language is an advantage.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office skills.
  • Commitment to the values of SPII and a passion for social justice.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

To apply, submit a short CV, a motivation/cover letter, and a sample of your written work to: applications@spii.org.za

  • SPII is committed to Employment Equity and will give preference to historically disadvantaged South African applicants.
  • Those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for the position.
  • Only suitable qualified candidates will be considered, SPII reserves the right to cancel the position should the needs of the SPII change or should we regard the submissions not to be adequate based on its needs.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.