DST-NRF Internship Programme Frequently Asked Questions

1 What is the DST-NRF Internship Programme and how does it work?

What is the DST-NRF Internship Programme and how does it work?

2 Is there a standard form that needs to be completed when applying?

There is no standard form that an applicant needs to complete. An applicant needs to send a comprehensive CV together with certified copies of ID document, academic transcripts (Degree certificate) and driver’s licence accompanied by a covering letter stating the position that the applicant is applying for.

3 Who is eligible?

South African youth (35 years old and younger) who are in possession of a Junior Degree (BSc) up to MSc in Science, Engineering and Technology, and Research and Development areas of specialisation.

4 How long does the DST-NRF Internship Programme run?

The Internship Programme runs for a period of twelve months.

5 After the twelve months of the DST-NRF Internship Programme, will one gain a permanent appointment?

There is no guarantee that after the twelve months one will be appointed permanently, however, this may be the prerogative of the institution where the intern will be based.

6 Where is the DST-NRF Internship Programme taking place?

Interns are stationed in various Science Councils, Science Centres and Science institutions throughout the country under the supervision of experienced mentors.

7 When can one apply for the DST-NRF Internship programme?

Applicants should apply when the call for applications is out, that is around September and October annually on the regional newspapers, DST (www.dst.gov.za) and NRF (www.nrf.ac.za) and the notice boards at the Higher Education Institutions.

8 What is the salary amount that the interns receive per month?

Interns are remunerated according to their level of study as follows:

  • Masters Degree : R 6600.00
  • BTech/ Hons Degree : R 5500.00
  • B Degree : R 4950.00