Are you a driven and enthusiastic individual with a passion for research and a desire to gain practical experience in a dynamic legislative environment?

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature invites applications for an exciting Internship position within their esteemed Research Unit.

This is an opportunity to contribute to impactful research initiatives while developing your skills and knowledge in various fields.

  • Reference Number: REFS/018921

  • Directorate:
    Parliamentary Business

  • Number of Posts:

  • Package:
    Monthly Stipend of R7,000

  • Enquiries:
    Please contact Mr Thulani Mkhungo at
  • Closing Date: 29-08-2023

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature serves as a cornerstone of democracy, working tirelessly to address the needs and aspirations of the province’s citizens. The Research Unit plays a crucial role in informing legislative processes by conducting rigorous research and analysis on various issues that impact the people of Gauteng.

Research Unit Intern Requirements:

Seeking a candidate with a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to excellence. The ideal candidate will exhibit the following competencies:


  • Craft compelling research proposals that address key societal challenges.
  • Skillfully present research proposals to diverse audiences, showcasing your communication prowess.
  • Collaborate effectively across multiple research disciplines, fostering a culture of interdisciplinary excellence.
  • Demonstrate autonomy and the ability to work independently while maintaining high standards.
  • Thrive under pressure by consistently meeting deadlines and exceeding expectations.



  • Possess a solid understanding of research methodologies and their application in real-world scenarios.
  • Stay ahead of the curve by identifying emerging opportunities within the realm of research.
  • Display a profound grasp of research designs, ensuring the methodologies chosen are sound and robust.
  • Embrace both the theoretical and practical aspects of research, contributing to its ongoing evolution.
  • Keep abreast of the latest research trends, enabling you to contribute innovative ideas to our team.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree is a prerequisite, with enrollment in an Honours program in one of the following fields being highly advantageous:

  • Public Administration/Management or Governance
  • Economics/Development Studies
  • Political Science
  • Social Science



As an Intern in the Research Unit, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of research, contributing to meaningful projects and initiatives:

  • Engage in the comprehensive analysis of departmental reports, gaining insights into the legislative process.
  • Participate in fieldwork and independent verification, honing your practical research skills.
  • Collaborate with researchers to implement strategic imperatives, gaining hands-on experience.
  • Undertake proactive fieldwork, a valuable opportunity to learn about on-the-ground research methodologies.
  • Contribute to various research projects, enabling you to apply your skills to diverse topics.
  • Contribute to the development of insightful research papers and Policy Brief articles.
  • Assist in the establishment and maintenance of a robust stakeholder database.
  • Prepare detailed individual reports on a monthly and quarterly basis.

Embrace a versatile role, readily taking on additional tasks as required within the research unit.

Notes on the Internship Opportunity:

  • This opportunity is open exclusively to South African citizens.
  • Applicants should be aged between 18 and 35.
  • In alignment with theirr commitment to diversity, preference will be given to individuals living with disabilities, as well as Coloured, White, and Indian applicants.
  • A clean criminal record is mandatory for all applicants.
  • If you have prior employment experience in the advertised field or have previously participated in an Internship Programme, kindly refrain from applying.
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications must ensure they are evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • Each applicant may apply for up to three positions that align with their qualifications, with a separate email required for each application (the subject line should include the post reference number).
  • Communication will be primarily with shortlisted candidates.

Should you not receive a response within three months, please understand that your application was not successful. Your time and effort in applying are greatly appreciated.

Unlock your potential with us at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Apply today!