Advert for position of intern graduate

Intern opportunity at Black Sash National Office.

The Black Sash’s mission is to work towards the realisation of socio-economic rights, as outlined in the SA Constitution 1996, with emphasis on social security and social protection for the most vulnerable, particularly women and children. We will, in the course of our work, explore options to significantly reduce poverty and inequality.

We believe the implementation of socio economic rights demands open, transparent and accountable governance (state, corporate and civil society). To this end we will promote an active civic engagement by all living in South Africa and made possible by a strong and vibrant civil society comprising community based organisations, non-governmental organisations, coalitions and movements.

The Black Sash is looking for a candidate who is committed to human rights, access to justice, development and empowerment; with integrity, honesty and respect for confidentiality. A person who can work in a team, is transparent, accountable, consultative and embraces the values, vision, strategies and policies of the Black Sash. A candidate who is able to think pro-actively, creatively and responsively and is prepared to work hard, under pressure and to deadline.

The core responsibilities of the Intern includes providing support to the National Advocacy Manager and the Research, Education and Training Manager in the following areas:

  • Ad Hoc desk top research
  • Drafting document outlines and some basic writing
  • Support for events including planning, recording and reporting
  • Attending meetings and other events/activities to provide support.

Key learning Areas:

  • Building an understanding of the human rights context, the struggle for the realization of these rights and how to gather information to support this work
  • Developing drafting and editing skills on a number of different types of documents including policy documents, reports, articles and educational materials
  • Gaining hands-on events experience including planning, running and reporting on events
  • Exposure to a number of different types of meetings and events to build knowledge around preparing for meetings, recording and evaluating meetings and events and understanding the purposes of the different meetings and events.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Recent graduate from any tertiary institution
  • History of community service
  • Good command of spoken and-written English and at least one other South African language
  • Willing to travel (Driver’s license will be advantageous).

Preference is given to women in line with our Employment Equity Plan; a South African black woman aged 18 to 25.

Closing Date:               19 November 2018
Start date:                    February 2019 to June/July 2019
Opportunity Type:        Paid internship

To apply, submit a Motivational Letter and CV (one document), including three contactable referees to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 021 686 7168. Enquiries: Mr. JS Marques, Tel #: (021) 686 6952

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Should you not hear from us within a month from the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

Trustees: Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela (Chairperson), Yasmin Turton (Deputy Chairperson), Jennifer De Tolly, Margaret (Dolly) Khumalo, Mary-Jane Morifi, Diana (Di) Oliver, Hilary Southall, Woineshet Bischoff, Mieke Krynauw, Janeen de Klerk. Patron:Maria (Mary) Burton, National Director: Lynette Maart


Trust Registration Number: IT 1179/85 ž Non-profit Organisation Registration number: 006-214 ž Public Benefit Organisation Registration number: 930005962. BBBEE (Socio-economic development beneficiary certificate)