Are you a young graduate looking to bridge the gap between your studies and the professional world? The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) offers an exciting internship programme designed to provide recent graduates with invaluable work exposure.

This initiative aims to equip you with the practical experience and skills necessary to excel in your chosen career path.

Coega Internship Programme Overview

  • Location: Gqeberha – Head Office
  • Employment Type: Internship – 24 months (2 years)
  • Grade: A1
  • Closing date: 10 July 2024

Purpose of the Coega Internship Programme

The primary objective of the Coega Internship Programme is to provide qualified graduates with hands-on work experience. This programme is meticulously structured to ensure that interns gain practical insights and skills that will make them valuable assets in their respective fields. Over a period of 24 months, interns will be immersed in a work environment that encourages learning and professional development, helping them transition smoothly from academic life to the workplace.

Programme Mandate

The internship programme at Coega is based on a formalised and well-defined plan of activities. Each intern will receive mentorship and coaching from experienced professionals, ensuring that they are guided every step of the way. This structured approach ensures that knowledge and skills are effectively transferred to the interns, preparing them for future career opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the Coega Internship Programme, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a young, vibrant, and energetic individual
  • Demonstrate virtuous habits and a strong work ethic
  • Be no older than 35 years old
  • Have no prior work experience in the field of study
  • People with disabilities are encouraged to apply

Internship Opportunities and Requirements

The Coega Internship Programme offers a variety of positions across different business units, each with specific qualification requirements and locations. Below is a detailed description of the available opportunities:

Business Units and Qualifications

1. Operations

  • Location: Gqeberha
  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma or Degree in Business Administration or Logistics

2. Marketing & Communications

  • Location: Gqeberha
  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma or Degree in Communications

3. Corporate Services

  • Location: Gqeberha
  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma or Degree in Human Resources Management, Industrial Psychology, or Business Administration

4. Sustainability

  • Location: Gqeberha
  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma or Degree in Business Administration or Social Sciences

5. ICT, Research and Strategy

  • Location: Gqeberha
  • Minimum Qualification: BCom Hons in Economics/Econometrics, Statistics/Econometrics, or a similar qualification

6. Finance

  • Locations: Gqeberha, Durban, East London
  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma or Degree in Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Purchasing, Public Administration/Management, or Logistics


  • Location: Cape Town
  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma or Degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration/Management

Application Process

All applications should be submitted to When applying, please ensure that you use the business unit name and location as a reference in the subject line of your email. The closing date for applications is 10 July 2024.

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Important Notes

The selection of candidates will be subject to verification of all credentials, including employment history, educational background, financial status, and any other necessary checks. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not received a response within one month of submitting your application, please consider it unsuccessful.

The Coega Internship Programme 2024 offers an excellent opportunity for graduates to gain meaningful work experience and develop essential skills for their future careers. With a variety of positions available across different business units, there’s a place for everyone.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are eager to start your professional journey, don’t miss the chance to apply.