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Parliamentary Research Programme 2024

A full-time, four-month placement as a researcher for a political party at Parliament in Cape Town.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung supports internships in the South African Parliament called the Parliamentary Research Programme. This programs aim is to enable participants to learn how politics and parliament function. As part of the programme, participants work within a political party's research and communications team in Parliament.


Applications close on 21 June 2024! To apply, click here.


What is it?

A full-time, four-month placement as a researcher for a political party at Parliament in Cape Town (5 August - 13 December 2024). KAS pays a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses and funds airtime and required travel. The stipend amount is at internship level.

Who is eligible?

Individuals with tertiary qualifications in economics, law, politics, media, communications, journalism and related fields. Law and economics are particularly encouraged.

What are the prerequisites?

Outstanding academic performance, personal suitability, political and social commitment. We expect candidates to have a broad general education and a strong interest in political issues, a positive attitude towards democracy and human rights and to exercise tolerance with regard to different-minded people. Strong writing skills and ability to work under pressure are of particular interest, as is the ability to work in a team in a fast-paced environment.

Applicants must have at minimum graduated from a 3-year degree, have the right to work in South Africa and be available full time (40 hours a week).

What can the programme do for me? 

  • Increase familiarity with structures, processes and people in Parliament.
  • Improve writing and time management skills.
  • Generally deepened knowledge of the political sector.
  • Join the KAS alumni network.


If you are interested in the programme but not available in 2024, then please apply next year. The call for applications will be published on our social media channels, so please follow us there!


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