The South African Police Service (SAPS) is offering graduates in Gauteng through its SAPS Internships for the year 2024/2025. As part of the National Human Resource Development Strategy and the National Skills Development Strategy, these internships are designed to equip graduates with practical skills and professional experience in the public service sector.

SAPS Internships Overview

The SAPS Internships program is strategically designed to transition graduates from academic life to professional environments. It focuses on enhancing skills and preparing participants for the workforce by offering hands-on experiences that are not typically available in classroom settings.

This initiative is especially targeted at unemployed graduates, providing them a platform to develop their abilities and ready themselves for career opportunities in various fields of public service.

SAPS Internships

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for an internship at SAPS, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a South African citizen.
  • Must hold a National Senior Certificate or its equivalent (NCV Level 4).
  • Must not have any previous criminal convictions or pending cases.
  • Must be unemployed, have not been employed in the field of the post advertised, and not have participated in any relevant internship program.
  • Must reside in Gauteng, the province where the internship is offered.
  • Can apply for a maximum of three positions, with a separate application form for each.

Available Internship Positions and Locations

Numerous internships are available across different departments and locations within Gauteng:

1. Legal Administrative Intern

  • Ref No: GP INT 01/2024
  • Location: Gauteng (Parktown)
  • Qualifications Required: Bachelor of Laws / LLB (NQF 8)
  • Responsibilities: Assisting in legal documentation, case investigations, and general office management.

2. Motor Mechanic Intern (Petrol/Diesel Mechanic)

  • Johannesburg Garage
    • Posts Available: 2
    • Ref Number: GP 02/2024
  • Silverton Garage
    • Posts Available: 2
    • Ref Number: GP 03/2024
  • Benoni Garage
    • Posts Available: 2
    • Ref Number: GP 04/202
  • Qualifications Required: N2 or N3 in Motor Mechanic/Mechanical Engineering or NCV level 4
  • Responsibilities: Handle repairs and maintenance of SAPS vehicles, ensuring high-quality and safety standards.

3. Graduate Administrative Intern (Skills Development Facilitator)

  • Ref No: GP INT 05/2024
  • Location: PHO: Gauteng (Parktown)
  • Post: Graduate Administrative Intern (1 Post)
  • Section: Human Resource Development: Skills Development Facilitator
  • Qualifications Required: A three-year National Diploma or Degree in Computer Science, Informatics, Data Science, Data Analysis, or Information Systems. Qualifications must be recorded on the National Learner Record Database (NLRD) at an NQF 6 level or higher.
  • Skills: Proficiency in advanced Excel spreadsheet functions will be considered an added advantage.

4. Assistant Librarian Intern

  • Ref Number: GP INT 53/2024
  • Location: Gauteng (Parktown)
  • Qualifications Required: Diploma/Degree in Library and Information Science
  • Responsibilities: Manage library services, assist patrons, and maintain informational resources.

5. Graduate Administrative Intern (19 Posts)

  • Section: Criminal Information Management and Analysis Centre (CIMAC)
  • Locations and Reference Numbers:
    • Alexandra: GP INT 06/2024
    • Honeydew: GP INT 07/2024
    • Mamelodi East: GP INT 08/2024
    • Eldorado Park: GP INT 09/2024
    • Ivory Park: GP INT 10/2024
    • Jeppe: GP INT 11/2024
    • De deur: GP INT 12/2024
    • Johannesburg Central: GP INT 13/2024
    • Temba: GP INT 14/2024
    • Daveyton: GP INT 15/2024
    • Diepsloot: GP INT 16/2024
    • Attridgeville: GP INT 17/2024
    • Soshanguve: GP INT 18/2024
    • Hillbrow: GP INT 19/2024
    • Tembisa: GP INT 20/2024
    • Kagiso: GP INT 21/2024
    • Moroka: GP INT 22/2024
    • Randfontein: GP INT 23/2024
    • PTA Central: GP INT 24/2024
  • Qualifications Required: Possession of a three-year National Diploma or Degree in Criminology, Policing, Forensic Science, or Social Sciences. Qualifications should be registered on the National Learner Record Database (NLRD) at a minimum of NQF 6.
  • Skills: Competency in computer applications will be considered beneficial.

6. Graduate Administrative Intern in Detectives Division

  • Section: Detectives
  • Location and Reference Numbers:
    • Family Violence, Children and Sexual Offence Unit: 2 Posts, Ref No: GP INT 25/2024
    • KwaThema Station: 2 Posts, Ref No: GP INT 26/2024
    • Tsakane Station: 2 Posts, Ref No: GP INT 27/2024
  • Qualifications Required: Hold a three-year National Diploma or Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Administrative Management, or Office Management and Technology. These qualifications should be registered on the National Learner Record Database (NLRD) at an NQF 6 level or higher.
  • Additional Skills: Proficiency in computer use is highly desirable, enhancing the intern’s effectiveness in managing administrative tasks.

7. Graduate Administrative Intern (Visible Policing Social Crime Prevention)

  • Section: Visible Policing Social Crime Prevention
  • Locations and Reference Numbers:
    • Alexandra: GP INT 28/2024
    • Temba: GP INT 29/2024
    • Orange Farm: GP INT 30/2024
    • Johannesburg Central: GP INT 31/2024
    • Vereeniging: GP INT 32/2024
    • PTA Central: GP INT 33/2024
    • Randfontein: GP INT 34/2024
    • Dobsonville: GP INT 35/2024
    • Kagiso: GP INT 36/2024
    • Tembisa: GP INT 37/2024
    • Vosloorus: GP INT 38/2024
    • Hillbrow: GP INT 39/2024
    • Mamelodi East: GP INT 40/2024
    • Moroka: GP INT 41/2024
    • Jeppe: GP INT 42/2024
    • Ivory Park: GP INT 43/2024
    • Rietgat: GP INT 44/2024
    • Eldorado Park: GP INT 45/2024
  • Qualifications Required: Hold a three-year National Diploma or Degree in Youth Development, Social Sciences, Human Resource Development, or Policing. These qualifications must be recorded on the National Learner Record Database (NLRD) at an NQF level 6 or higher.
  • Core Responsibilities: Interns in this role will be instrumental in supporting and managing various aspects of the SAPS Youth Crime Prevention initiatives.

8. Student Administrative Intern in Human Resource Management

  • Post: Student Administrative Intern (7 Posts)
  • Section: Human Resource Management
  • Location and Reference Numbers:
    • PHO Performance Management: GP INT 46/2024
    • Benoni: GP INT 47/2024
    • Linden: GP INT 48/2024
    • Diepsloot: GP INT 49/2024
    • Boipatong: GP INT 50/2024
    • Sebokeng: GP INT 51/2024
    • PHO HRM: ERLCM: GP INT 52/2024
  • Qualifications Required: An N6 certificate in Human Resource Management or Public Administration from a recognized institution.
  • Experiential Learning Letter: A letter from the Institution of Higher Learning/TVET confirming the need for practical experience to finalize their qualification.
  • Skills: Proficiency in computer usage will be considered an advantage.

Application Process

  • Applicants are required to use the Official SAPS Application Form .
  • Along with this form, an updated CV, uncertified copies of ID, educational certificates, and other pertinent documents must be submitted.
  • Closing Date for Applications: 17 May 17 2024

Tip: How to Properly Fill in the SAPS Trainee Application Form (2024/2025 Intake)

Applications can be either posted or hand-delivered to designated SAPS HRDC Centres: 

ProvinceHRDC CentreNameContact DetailsPhysical Address
GautengGauteng: Provincial Head OfficeCol Mathabatha Lt Col Pillay SPO Mohlala W/O Baloyi011 274 7477
011 274 7508
011 274 7507
16 Empire Road, Parktown, Johannesburg (Office no GE 004)
GautengHRDC WestrandSgt Mahlobisa A/C Mokgorong011 951 1198

011 951 1188

Commissioner St, Krugersdorp, Johannesburg, 2001
GautengHRDC PretoriaW/O LE Grange012 320 326812 Loop Street next to Manhattan Hotel Destinatum Building, Pretoria
GautengHRDC SpringsCapt Theron011 365 5922The Avenues Shopping Centre, 1st Floor, 5th Avenue Springs.
GautengHRDC BenoniCst Taukobong011 746 5717

011 746 5726

Kleinfontein Lake Office park, Cnr Lake Vieto Cres & Pioneer Drive, Benoni
GautengHRDC Vaal RandA/C D LehlooCnr Marriman & Edward Avenue, Vereeniging

Selection Process for SAPS Internships

The selection process for SAPS internships is thorough and designed to ensure the suitability and integrity of all potential candidates. Here’s a detailed look at the steps involved:

  • Fingerprint Screening: This initial step involves checking the fingerprints of all shortlisted candidates against national databases to verify identity and ensure that candidates have no criminal records or undisclosed legal issues.
  • Personal Interviews: Candidates who pass the fingerprint screening will be invited to personal interviews. These interviews are conducted by a panel of SAPS officials and are designed to assess the candidates’ suitability for the role, their understanding of the responsibilities it entails, and their readiness to handle the challenges of working in the SAPS environment.
  • Vetting Process: Depending on the sensitivity of the internship position, some candidates may also undergo a vetting process. This extensive background check includes assessing the candidates’ financial history, character references, and any potential conflicts of interest.
  • Final Selection: Candidates who successfully pass all these stages will be considered for final selection. This decision is based on a combination of the interview performance, the results of the vetting, and the need to meet specific departmental or organizational requirements.

Related: Mastering the SAPS Psychometric Test

SAPS Internships provide a unique platform for graduates to gain essential workplace skills and contribute significantly to their communities within the public sector. By fulfilling the requirements and participating in this program, young professionals can pave the way for a successful career in various fields within the public sector.

Apply now and take the first step to a promising career.