Location: Pretoria

Opportunity Type: Internship

Closing Date: 16 July 2021

Remuneration: Competitive Package

Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is a non-profit agency that facilitates policy development and dialogue in pursuit of sustainable and inclusive economic growth. TIPS works closely with a number of government agencies around its three main focus areas: Trade and Industrial Policy, Inequality and Economic Inclusion and Sustainable Growth. TIPS approach is to integrate research and analysis, policy development, disseminating information, capacity building, technical support, and programme design and management. To support these activities, TIPS researchers are expected to provide world-class quantitative and qualitative socio-economic analyses.

TIPS has three internship opportunities available for recently or about to graduate masters’ students.  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.

The internship is for 12 months. The intern will directly participate in projects carried out by TIPS.

TIPS also offers the opportunity to conduct individual research, in line with the priorities of the institution. Our research is on generating and analysing evidence-based options for industrial policy as the key to more inclusive economic growth. You can see more about our work at www.tips.org.za

As an intern at TIPS, you will:

  • 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.

You will need:

  • A Masters (completed or in final stages of completing) in Economics; or a Masters (completed or in final stages of completing) in Development Studies, Environmental Sciences, or a related field and should have also completed Economics III at undergraduate level; and
  • 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:

Send a short CV, a cover letter highlighting your interest for the position and how you match the requirements as well as a writing sample via e-mail to Edmore at Edmore@tips.org.za. We can only consider applications with all of these components. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.


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