Internships for Program Officers at WaterAid SA 2025.

WaterAid SA has opened its 2025 Internships program and is inviting all unemployed graduates to apply now. All interested applicants should apply using the details below.

CLOSING DATE: 10 September 2025

Inquire about the WaterAid Internship Program 2025. As part of WaterAid’s mission to make clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene the norm for everyone, everywhere by 2030, we’re seeking an Intern-Program Officer to join our team

The Intern-Program Officer will:

be responsible for assisting the Programme Manager with a variety of tasks, including the execution of the current projects in the areas of water, sanitation & hygiene, and in particular, implementing the COVID-19.

Support the programme’s research, communication and documentation processes including capturing and dissemination of partner and community voices.

You will be responsible for assisting in the preparation for as well as coordination of workshops,

WaterAid’s South Africa team will help you learn and gain experience in WASH programming while also contributing to the achievement of WaterAid’s goals and mission.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • A Bachelor’s/Master’s graduate in any of the following or related fields: Environmental Health Science, Water Engineering, IWRM, Public Health or Development Studies (obtained no longer than two years ago). Or equivalent experience.
  • Interested in the field of development, especially in WASH.
  • Able to plan and manage diverse tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent in writing and conversing in English.
  • Good in computer skills (Microsoft packages).
  • Fully committed to WaterAid’s vision, mission and values and a way of working that demonstrates this, with the ability to communicate this enthusiasm to others.

There was no other NGO like ours, so we We’ll be done when we’re no longer needed. Since 1981, we’ve reached 25 million people with clean water, and since 2004, we’ve reached 24 million people with sanitation. But we still have a long way to

If you’re interested in working with us, please send your resume and cover letter Are you interested in joining our team? If so, please fill out the form below.

In return, you can expect to get inspiration from the change you help make happen, a sense of belonging and the feeling of being part of a global community. You will also experience stimulation and fulfilment, the chance to grow, and space to be yourself at your best. This is our pledge to you.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

If you are interested in the position and have the necessary skills and attributes, please send your application, which should include a letter of interest and a CV, to southernafricaregionaloffice@wateraid.org, with the subject line Intern-Program Officer.

Please note that in order to be considered for this position, you must be able to show that you are eligible to work in South Africa and that you are willing to earn an internship allowance in accordance with WaterAid’s guidelines.


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.