Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies Internship Opportunity 2024

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies Internship Opportunity 2024

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is a not-for-profit, research organisation based in Pretoria, South Africa. Established at the request of senior policy-makers of the new South African Government in 1996, the organisation facilitates policy development and dialogue in pursuit of sustainable and inclusive growth in South Africa and the Southern African region.

TIPS has three main focus areas: Trade and Industrial Policy, Inequality and Economic Inclusion and Sustainable Growth. Its working model integrates research and analysis, policy development, disseminating information, capacity building, technical support, and programme design and management.

TIPS has one intern position available for an International Student (recently or about to graduate at masters level) that is looking to do work in South Africa in the field of Industrial Development.The internship post is available for either a period of six or 12 months and remuneration will cover basic costs of living in South Africa.
Successful candidates will need to cover their own travel to and from South Africa; and obtain the necessary visa.
The expected start date is 1 August 2024 (negotiable).
The aim of the internship is to give young researchers the opportunity to acquire work experience, improve their research skills and enhance their understanding of the South African economy.  The internship is structured to give exposure to issues of industrial development, trade and the green economy as well as work on policy orientated projects.

  • Perform economic research under the guidance of the line manager, and provide research input and data analysis
  • Participate in and present research at internal discussions and workshops / events
  • Publish research reports through the TIPS website, other publications, conferences, seminars, etc.


  • A Masters (completed or in final stages of completing) in Economics; Development Studies, Environmental Sciences, or a related field (with Economics III)
  • A passion for industrial policy, inclusive economic development and sustainable growth
  • A study background on trade, industrial policy, the manufacturing sector and Sustainable growth
  • Strong communication skills in writing, editing and presentation, with an excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Strong computer skills, with a proven ability to manipulate data in Excel and knowledge of Stata or SPSS
  • Teamwork and an ability to handle tight deadlines

To apply, submit short CV, a cover letter highlighting your interest for the position and how you match the requirements as well as a writing sample to Edmore
Closing Date: Wednesday, 31 May, 2024
Location: Pretoria
We can only consider applications with all of these components.
Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.
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