University of the Free State: Internship Programme

Internship Description:

The purpose of the internship programme is to offer unemployed university graduates (diploma/degree) with no relevant work experience the opportunity to obtain practical workplace exposure and experience in their specified disciplines. This opportunity forms part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI)-Higher Education Employment Initiative (HEEI), which forms part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES), seeking to mitigate the devastating economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth between the ages of 18 and 35, who are currently unemployed, not studying full time,  nor receiving any form of a government grant (including NSFAS) and young people living with disability and women, are eligible and encouraged to apply for this enriching experience. Applicants in a debt repayment agreement for fees owed to the university may also apply. This opportunity is only available to South African Citizens and permanent residents). 

Employer: University of the Free State

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Location: Bloemfontein

Duties and responsibilities

•    Obtain practical workplace exposure and experience in their specified disciplines.

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Inherent Job Requirements

•    A Higher Certificate, Diploma, National Diploma, Degree or Postgraduate degree.
•    Graduates between the ages of 18 and 35.
•    Not studying full time, classes preferably after hours.
•    Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.

The following criteria apply to the selection of candidates:

•    Have not participated in any learnership / internship programme.
•    Willing to sign a learnership / internship agreement with the UFS.
•    Candidate must be available for a period of six (6) months, with a possible extension to one (1) year.Competencies

Key Competencies Required:

•    Computer literacy (MS-word, Powerpoint, Excel)
•    The ability to work with people and within groups. 
•    Good communication skills and a good listener.

Required Documents

Please ensure all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
*Certified copies must not be older than 6 months

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter
  • Certified copies of all academic records
  • Certified copies of relevant qualifications (please provide SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications)
  • A Certified* copy of your identity document
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable)
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable)
  • Two (2) testimonials.
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Assumption of duties: 
01 May 2022, or soon thereafter. 

A stipend of R5000 will be paid per month. 

How To Apply:

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 

Closing Date: 09 May 2022

For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 9848 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 7267 /9857 /9810 /9003 for assistance.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division. 

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at Equity Plan_July2017.pdf. For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

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The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position.  Applications that are incomplete or sent by fax or e-mail, will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.


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