City internships available

2019-10-08 06:00

The City of Cape Town is offering qualifying graduates with a 12-month long internship as part of the 2020 intake for the Urban Sustainability Internship Programme (USIP).

There are 40 internship posts available within areas such as climate management; coastal management; economic research; human settlements policy development; nature conservation; project and contract management; architecture and urban spatial planning.

The internship will start in February 2020. All qualifying national diploma or degree graduates in a related field can apply by Monday 14 October.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to be a part of the dynamic energy; environment; policy management; spatial planning and information management teams at the City.

The interns will play a key role within their respective teams and will be assigned tasks that are essential to the relevant department function.

“One of the important aspects of this internship programme is the mentoring from their managers and the access to training opportunities,” said the Mayco member for corporate services, Sharon Cottle.

The USIP launched in 2005. Since the inception, 469 interns have participated in the programme with 85 of these interns currently working permanently for the City. A total of 49 new interns started in February this year and it is planned that another 58 graduates will join the programme from 1 February 2020. The City’s long-term strategy determines what type of expertise the municipality needs to promote and develop among residents.

The USIP programme ensures that sustainability is incorporated and enhanced throughout the City by reinforcing the municipality’s new way of working; by considering Cape Town’s future needs.

Applicants must be recent graduates of a tertiary institution, and be in possession of a recognised degree or national diploma in a related field. Specific qualification requirements are included in each advertised post.

The City highlights that preference will be given to graduates from universities, technical universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in the Western Cape, and applicants should not be enrolled for further studies which coincide with the internship period.

V To apply for one of the positions applicants need to send a cover letter, CV and supporting documents to V For any queries applicants may contact or visit the City’s website for information.


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