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


Itumeleng Mokoena is a researcher with keen interest in foreign investment, sustainable development and the developmental state. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a BA Honours in Politics and International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Johannesburg. He has completed his Masters coursework in International Relations with his thesis under examination at the University of Cape Town. His thesis investigated the role of private capital flows on South Africa’s developmental state agenda. Before joining TIPS, Itumeleng worked as an intern at Genesis Analytics, where he contributed to several projects including the phased reopening of South Africa’s economy.
Ntombiyesibini Matonana is a Master of Commerce in Economics (Research) candidate at Nelson Mandela University. Her thesis focuses on the growth convergence hypothesis within the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), examining the integration properties between Africa and its trading partners. Ntombiyesibini has authored a journal article "Convergence dynamics between South Africa and her main trading partners" to be published by the Managing Global Transitions Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Economics, both from Nelson Mandela University. Her research interests lie in trade and regional integration, economic transformation, and development economics.
Tsholofelo Setati holds a Master of Commerce (Economics) degree specialising in Development Economics from the University of Cape Town. His thesis investigates how changes in labour force status impact mental health in South Africa through the use of panel data. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree in Economics and Bachelor of Business Science (Honours) Cum Laude, both from Monash University. Prior to joining TIPS, Tsholofelo worked in research at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit.