TIPS Interns

TIPS offers internships to qualified people to gain professional experience in the economic policy challenges and responses in South Africa and the continent.

Candidates should have the following:

  • A Masters degree in Economics (or be in the process of completing one).
  • A professional or study background on themes related TIPS's focus areas. Specifically, prior research pertaining to technology and innovation, manufacturing value chains, natural resources and/or network infrastructure would be an advantage.

Applicants should also meet the following requirements:

  • A sound knowledge of Excel and a proven ability to handle a data analysis package.
  • Proven writing and presentation skills, with excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Proven ability to work with others as well as independently and to adhere strictly to deadlines.

Internships are for a period of three to six months. For questions and general information about the programme please contact Edmore Nyanhonga at


Struan Robertson joined TIPS as an Intern in October 2016. He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Industrial Sociology and an Honours degree in Economics, both from Rhodes University. He is working toward a Masters degree in Economics, also from Rhodes University, on strategies and guidelines that may help societies that wish to develop and thrive. Struan is an alumnus of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/University of Fort Hare Autumn School programme on Social Democracy and Political Economy. In 2013, he worked on a report on the economic and cultural impact of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. His research…
Siphosethu Tetani joined TIPS in October 2016 as an Intern. She has a double degree in Economics and Development Studies from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is completing her Masters in Economics Degree, with her thesis titled “The causal relationship between exports and economic growth in South Africa’’. Siphosethu previously worked for the Department of Trade and Industry as an Intern in the Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division. She has also authored a research paper for the Economic Research Advisory Network inaugural conference on the role of the state and private sector in promoting inclusive growth.