The North West Department of Public Works and Roads invites applications for four IT Internships at the Head Office in Mmabatho. This program is part of the broader aim to promote equality and diversity within the department, reflecting our commitment to affirmative action and representativeness across race, gender, and disability. People with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply, as we strive to create an inclusive work environment.

Aspiring IT professionals are invited to apply and take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to lay a solid foundation for their careers in the rapidly evolving field of information technology.

IT Internships Overview

  • Position: IT Intern
  • Reference Number: H/O 003/2024
  • Number of Posts: 4
  • Stipend: R7 043.31 per month
  • Contract Period: 24 months
  • Location: Head Office, Mmabatho
  • Closing Date: 07 May 2024

Requirements

To qualify for the IT Internships at the North West Department of Public Works and Roads, applicants must meet the following educational criteria:

  • Mandatory Schooling: Applicants must have successfully completed a Grade 12 Certificate.
  • Higher Education: In addition to the school certificate, candidates must possess at least a National Diploma or a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology. These qualifications should be obtained from recognized institutions and should cover essential areas such as computer systems, software development, network administration, and database management.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Technical Proficiency: Familiarity with operating systems (such as Windows and Linux), basic networking, and programming languages (such as Java, Python, or C++) is highly desirable.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems efficiently is crucial in a dynamic IT environment.
  • Communication Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential for effectively documenting issues and solutions, as well as interacting with team members and other departments.
  • Adaptability: The IT field is continuously evolving, so a willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies or software is important.
  • Teamwork: Since IT operations often require close collaboration, being able to work effectively in a team is necessary.
  • Enthusiasm for IT: A genuine interest in technology and an eagerness to develop a career in this field.
  • Commitment to Public Service: An interest in contributing to public service initiatives, with a focus on using IT skills to improve government services and infrastructure.

Responsibilities

Interns participating in the IT Internships at the North West Department of Public Works and Roads will take on a range of duties designed to provide comprehensive exposure to the field of information technology. These responsibilities are crafted not only to bolster the department’s IT capabilities but also to ensure that interns gain practical skills and experience. Below are the detailed roles that interns will be expected to fulfill:

  • System Monitoring: Regularly monitor the IT systems and networks to ensure they operate correctly and efficiently. This includes checking server status, performing routine maintenance, and updating software.
  • Troubleshooting: Quickly identify and resolve hardware and software issues to minimize downtime. This involves diagnosing problems, researching solutions, and applying fixes.
  • Backup and Security: Implement and monitor data backup procedures to prevent data loss. Additionally, assist in enhancing system security measures to protect sensitive information
  • Installation and Configuration: Help in setting up new hardware and software systems. This includes installing workstations, servers, and configuring software applications according to departmental needs.
  • Testing and Validation: Ensure new technologies function properly before they are fully deployed. This involves running tests, validating systems against requirements, and making adjustments as necessary.
  • User Assistance: Serve as a point of contact for IT-related queries from department staff. This includes assisting with software applications, troubleshooting email issues, and helping to connect devices to the department’s network.
  • Training and Guidance: Occasionally conduct informal training sessions for staff on new software tools and technologies. This helps reduce resistance to technological changes and facilitates smoother transitions.
  • Project Participation: Take part in IT projects from planning through to execution. This could involve everything from upgrading system infrastructures to implementing new IT policies across the department.
  • Collaboration and Reporting: Work alongside experienced IT professionals and project managers, contributing ideas and receiving mentorship. Regularly report on project progress to supervisors and other stakeholders.
  • Learning and Development: Engage in learning opportunities both formally through structured training and informally through day-to-day tasks. This encompasses learning about advanced technologies, project management techniques, and industry best practices.
  • Documentation: Maintain accurate records of all technical procedures, system configurations, and modifications done during the internship.
  • Innovation: Encouraged to suggest innovative ideas that could improve operational efficiency or solve existing problems within the IT landscape of the department.

Benefits of the Internship

  • Professional Development: Gain substantial experience in your field in a supportive public service environment.
  • Networking: Connect with professionals and expand your career opportunities.
  • Skill Enhancement: Learn directly from experienced IT professionals and through practical assignments.

How to Apply

  • Application Submission: Submit your application to Human Resource Management, Public Works and Roads, Private Bag X2080, Mmabatho, 2735, or hand deliver to Registry Office no. 133, Ground Floor, East Wing – Old Parliament Building Complex, Modiri Molema Road.
  • Required Documents: A signed and initialed Z83 Form, a detailed CV with personal details, qualifications, competencies, and contactable references.
  • Enquiries: For more information, please contact Ms M.E Motshologane, Tel No: (018) 388 4256

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This IT Internship Program is not just a job opportunity; it’s a doorway to future career achievements in the public sector and the IT industry at large. It offers a unique blend of learning, professional growth, and practical experience, making it a golden opportunity for those looking to make significant advancements in their careers.

If you are driven, passionate about technology, and ready to contribute to meaningful projects, we encourage you to apply by the 7th of May, 2024, and join in shaping the future of public service IT in Mmabatho.

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