The South African National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) produced an official statement on 31 May 2017, announcing vacancies for graduate interns. The programme seeks to address a shortage of substantial job opportunities for graduates in and around Cape Town, Western Cape. Setting the tone for the opportunities these internships could create is the implementation of NSFAS’ Student-Centred Model (SCM) throughout 26 Public Universities and 50 TVET Colleges.
The internship programme also links to an active effort to incorporate concerns of the Fees Must Fall movement into the realistic needs for hard costs of tertiary education to be covered. Interns will be involved in the fields of Corporate Services and Organisational Development, crucial areas for the SCM’s successful execution. To ensure that the internships feed into empowerment of communities, one of the strict criteria is that all applicants must be currently unemployed.
Other criteria include that applicants, themselves, must have been funded by the NSFAS and must have successfully completed a three-year Degree or Diploma. Working experience held by applicants must be no more than one year, perpetuating a positive cycle of empowerment for those in need of such opportunities. The programme is also open to individuals within a host of fields of study, ranging from Industrial Psychology, Human Resources and Public Administration to Occupational Health & Safety and even Event Management,
With all this being said, there is also a responsibility for applicants to pull their weight. A strong sense of commitment is required, and the ability to work well under pressure. Applications are still open, until the 5th of June in fact. Click here to view the full vacancy listing, or share this article to spread the good news and the great opportunity.
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