The DTIC Internship Programme is a golden opportunity for eager graduates to embark on a transformative journey. Spanning 24 months from 01 July 2024 to 30 June 2026, this initiative by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (the dtic) aims to equip participants with the necessary skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience.

This comprehensive approach ensures that interns are well-prepared for a meaningful and impactful career. The DTIC Internship Programme showcases the department’s commitment to fostering emerging talent and boosting the career prospects of young professionals within South Africa’s dynamic economy.

About the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition

The dtic stands as a beacon of economic growth and development in South Africa. Its mission is to foster a dynamic industrial, globally competitive South African economy, characterized by inclusive growth and development, decent employment, and equity. The Department is committed to driving industrial development, trade, investment, and competition to improve the economy and create employment.

 DTIC Internship Programme Overview

  • Company: Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (the dtic)
  • Location: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Closing Date: 05 April 2024
  • Stipend: A minimum of R7,043.31 per month, commensurate with the highest qualification at the time of appointment.

Internship Objectives

The dtic Internship Programme aims to provide qualifying candidates with opportunities to gain skills, knowledge, and experience, positioning themselves for meaningful participation in the labour market. Interns will also have the chance to contribute to the dtic’s goals of promoting industrial development, trade, investment, and competition.

Fields/Roles Available

The Department of Trade Industry and Competition invites applications from unemployed South African graduates aged between 18 and 35 years, who hold a tertiary qualification in the following fields:

  • Public Management / Public Administration
  • Business Science / Management / Administration
  • Communication / Public Relations / Marketing
  • Law
  • Data Science / Information Management / Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Statistics / Econometrics
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Accounting / Financial Management
  • Risk Management
  • Internal Auditing / Auditing
  • Natural Science / Engineering / Physics

Each application should use the field of study as the Reference Number.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must possess a tertiary qualification (NQF level 6 and above) in one of the listed fields. Good academic performance will serve as an added advantage.

Key Responsibilities

The DTIC Internship Programme is structured to offer a broad spectrum of responsibilities, ensuring interns not only contribute significantly to their fields but also gain a holistic understanding of the economic landscape. Interns will be expected to:

  • Engage in tasks and projects related to their field of study: Interns will work on specific projects that align with their academic background, allowing them to apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios. This hands-on experience is vital for honing their expertise and contributing meaningfully to their team.
  • Contribute to the department’s initiatives aimed at economic development: Each intern will play a role in supporting the dtic’s broader goals of economic growth and competitiveness. This may involve research, analysis, and the implementation of strategies designed to enhance South Africa’s economic standing both locally and globally.
  • Learn about government systems and processes: Understanding the intricacies of government operations is crucial for anyone looking to make an impact in the public sector. Interns will gain insights into how policies are developed, how decisions are made, and how various departments interact to achieve national objectives.
  • Participate in workshops, meetings, and other learning opportunities: The dtic is committed to the continuous professional development of its interns. As such, participants will have access to workshops and seminars that cover a range of topics, from technical skills to soft skills enhancement. Attendance at departmental meetings will also provide a platform for learning through observation and active participation.
  • Collaborate with seasoned professionals and other interns: Networking is a key component of the internship experience. Interns will have the chance to work alongside experienced professionals, gaining mentorship and advice, as well as collaborate with fellow interns, fostering a sense of community and teamwork.
  • Provide support in the creation and dissemination of communications materials: For those in fields such as communications, marketing, or public relations, there will be opportunities to assist in crafting messages, managing social media, and other communication channels to effectively convey the dtic’s mission and achievements.
  • Assist in data analysis and report generation: Interns in fields like economics, statistics, or data science will contribute to the analysis of economic data, helping to inform policy decisions and strategies. They will learn to create reports that synthesize complex information into actionable insights.
  • Engage in community outreach and stakeholder engagement: Part of the dtic’s mission involves engaging with various stakeholders, including businesses, local communities, and other government entities. Interns may be involved in organizing and participating in outreach programs, workshops, and discussions that foster collaboration and support economic initiatives.

Skills Required

  • Good interpersonal skills, professionalism, and integrity.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Analytical skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Understanding of government systems and processes.
  • Ambition and willingness to learn.

How to Apply

  • Required Documents: Completed and signed new Form Z83, detailed Curriculum Vitae, and certified copies of Identity Document, Senior Certificate, and the highest required qualification (to be submitted by shortlisted candidates only).
  • Application Process: Apply online at DTIC Internship Programme or hand-deliver applications to the dtic campus in Sunnyside.

This DTIC Internship Programme presents a formidable opportunity for young South African graduates to kickstart their careers in a supportive and dynamic environment. It’s more than an internship; it’s a stepping stone to a successful future in contributing to the country’s economic growth and competitiveness.