Excitingly, you have the chance to be part of IWMI, a research centre, and embark on a fulfilling research internship adventure

Your main task? Contributing to the creation of captivating virtual field trips that delve into the agricultural challenges faced by communities in Southern Africa. This intriguing role is based in the vibrant city of Pretoria, South Africa.

  • Position: Research Intern
  • Location: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Type: Internship
  • Industry: Research

Research Intern Duties and Responsibilities

As a valued member of IWMI’s research team, your role will revolve around crafting engaging virtual experiences centred on agricultural practices. This journey holds a special focus on aspects like gender dynamics and the vibrant energy of youth. 

You will also be lending your support to the impactful CGIAR project known as Diversification in East and Southern Africa. This will involve collaborating with a talented team of researchers and engaging in diverse tasks that contribute to meaningful outcomes across the region.

Your specific responsibilities will encompass:

  • Building a foundational understanding of virtual field trips and related concepts.
  • Strategizing and conceptualizing virtual journeys aligned with the objectives of the agricultural initiative.
  • Collaborating harmoniously with the team to develop interactive and enriching virtual trips.
  • Cultivating a creative array of multimedia content such as videos, images, and more, all designed to enhance the virtual field trip experience.
  • Conducting essential user testing, gathering valuable feedback, and iteratively refining the virtual experiences.
  • Playing a pivotal role in documenting the journey through concept notes and project updates.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Enrolled in studies related to Design, Psychology, Communication, or comparable disciplines.
  • A genuine interest in the world of agriculture, sustainability, and environmental well-being.
  • Familiarity with the basics of virtual reality and multimedia content.
  • Effective communication skills, both in writing and speaking, can bridge gaps between complex ideas and diverse audiences.
  • Possession of skills in data analysis and a basic understanding of statistical tools, if possible.
  • Independent work approach with a proactive stance towards taking initiative and meeting project deadlines.
  • Comfort and adeptness in collaborating within a dynamic and diverse team environment.
  • Prior involvement in similar ventures related to virtual content development or research is a commendable asset.

Benefits Await

A monthly stipend will be offered to you during the course of your internship.

The initial duration of this internship spans 3 months, and the possibility of extension rests on your performance, IWMI’s requirements, and funding availability. It’s important to note that this opportunity is open exclusively to citizens of South Africa.

Application Details

To take the first step towards this enriching experience, kindly visit www.iwmi.org/jobs. The application deadline is set for September 11, 2023, at 12:00 (SAST).

About IWMI

IWMI takes on the challenge of addressing water-related issues in developing nations. Through partnerships with governments, civil society, and the private sector, they strive to optimize water usage for agriculture, ecosystems, climate resilience, and inclusive economic growth. 

With their headquarters based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI’s impact is truly global, with offices across 14 countries and a network of scientists operating in over 30 countries. To learn more, visit www.iwmi.org.