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.
Rapula Diale is an economist from Garankuwa, Pretoria. He holds a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg, and a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Economics Honours Degree with Distinction from Rhodes University. He is pursuing a Masters of Commerce Degree in Economics at the University of The Witwatersrand. His thesis on Capacity Building In Post-Apartheid South Africa: Lessons from Industrial Policy Design and Implementation investigates capacity building processes in industrial policy. Other research interests are in the areas of competition and regulation, and development. Ultimately Rapula hopes to  contribute to social equity through meaningful economic…
Kiara Muthusamy joined TIPS as an intern in September 2021. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Applied Economics and an Honours Degree in Economics with a dissertation focused on the marginal cost pricing in ports in South Africa from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal. She is completing a Master's Degree in Economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a dissertation focused on the relationship between price stability and financial stability in South Africa.