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Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Internships 2024 New Application

DIRCO offers dynamic internship opportunities for motivated individuals seeking hands-on experience and insight into the multifaceted world of international relations and diplomacy. This internship program provides a unique chance for aspiring professionals to gain practical knowledge, develop essential skills, and contribute meaningfully to the department's operations.

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  • Support various divisions within DIRCO, including but not limited to diplomatic services, international agreements, consular services, and protocol.
  • Assist in conducting research, drafting reports, and analyzing international developments, contributing valuable insights to ongoing projects.
  • Aid in administrative tasks, including documentation, correspondence, and logistical support for high-level meetings, conferences, and events.
  • Collaborate with departmental teams to facilitate effective communication and coordination across different units.
  • Engage in cross-functional projects aimed at enhancing diplomatic relations, promoting bilateral/multilateral engagements, and supporting South Africa's foreign policy objectives.
  • Participate in training sessions, workshops, and seminars to expand knowledge of international relations, diplomacy, and relevant socio-political issues.
  • Enrollment in or recent graduation from a recognized university program in international relations, political science, law, public policy, or a related field.
  • Strong interest in international affairs, diplomacy, and global geopolitical developments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in research, analytical thinking, and problem-solving.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a diverse, fast-paced environment.
  • Adaptability and willingness to learn while contributing innovative ideas.
  • Previous experience in related fields, volunteer work, or extracurricular involvement is advantageous.
Job Benefits
  • Hands-on Experience: Gain practical knowledge and real-world experience in the field of international relations and diplomacy, contributing to personal and professional growth.
  • Mentorship and Guidance: Receive mentorship from experienced professionals and diplomats, providing valuable insights and guidance in navigating the world of diplomacy.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with a diverse range of professionals, diplomats, and experts, fostering valuable connections within the field and potentially opening doors for future career opportunities.
  • Skill Development: Enhance essential skills such as research, analysis, communication, and problem-solving, crucial for a successful career in international relations.
  • Exposure to Diplomatic Processes: Get firsthand exposure to diplomatic processes, international negotiations, and the workings of a governmental department involved in global affairs.
  • Contribution to National Interests: Contribute meaningfully to South Africa's foreign policy objectives, participating in projects and initiatives aimed at advancing the nation's interests on the global stage.
  • Certificate and Recommendation: Receive a certificate of completion at the end of the internship tenure, acknowledging your participation and dedication. Additionally, receive a recommendation letter highlighting your contributions and skills developed during the internship.
  • Learning Opportunities: Attend workshops, seminars, and training sessions aimed at expanding your knowledge base on international relations, diplomacy, and related socio-political issues.
  • Exposure to Multilateral Engagements: Contribute to cross-functional projects that involve promoting bilateral/multilateral engagements and diplomatic relations between South Africa and other nations or international organizations.
  • Resume Building: Enhance your resume/CV with valuable experience and skills gained through working in a prestigious governmental institution dedicated to international relations and cooperation.
  • Diverse Work Environment: Experience working in a diverse and multicultural environment, fostering an understanding of global perspectives and diplomatic etiquettes.
  • Potential Career Opportunities: Gain insights and experiences that may open doors for future employment within governmental departments, international organizations, think tanks, or non-governmental organizations working in the field of international relations.
  • Check for Internship Opportunities: Visit the DIRCO official website or the designated governmental portal where internship opportunities are posted. Look for specific announcements or listings regarding internships within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
  • Review Requirements and Eligibility: Read through the internship description, requirements, and qualifications carefully to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. Note the specific qualifications, documents required, and any other prerequisites mentioned in the internship posting.
  • Prepare Application Documents: Gather the necessary documents, which commonly include a cover letter, resume/CV, academic transcripts, and any additional materials requested in the internship posting. Tailor your documents to highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and passion for international relations.
  • Submit Application Online: Follow the specified application process outlined in the internship posting. This typically involves filling out an online application form and uploading your application documents through the provided portal or email address. Ensure that all required fields are completed and that your documents are properly attached.
  • Keep Track of Deadlines: Note the application deadline mentioned in the internship announcement. Submit your application well before the specified cutoff date to ensure it is considered within the application period.
  • Follow Up if Necessary: After submitting your application, you may or may not receive a confirmation. If there's an option or contact information provided, consider following up via email or phone to confirm receipt of your application and express your continued interest in the internship opportunity.
Employment Type
Duration of employment
3 Months
Government Administration
Job Location
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, 0001, South Africa
Working Hours
Date posted
May 11, 2024
Valid through
January 10, 2028
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