Department of International Relations (DIRCO): Human Resources Internships 2024

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The Department of International Relations in collaboration with Imbumba Aganang and PKF Octagon Incorporated invite applications for the Human Resources Internship Programme 2024.

Closing date: 14 January 2024

Duration of Programme: 24 (twenty-four) months
Commencement date: 1 April 2024
End date: 31 March 2026
Number of Learners to participate in the programme: 8

Stipend: R 7 043.31 per month for National Diploma, Bachelors/Honours Degree & R 8 584.36 per month for Master’s Degree. The Intern will receive a stipend according to the level of qualification obtained.
Centre: Pretoria.


The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is the foreign ministry of the South African government. It is responsible for South Africa’s relationships with foreign countries and international organizations, and runs South Africa’s diplomatic missions.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is entrusted with the formulation, promotion, execution and daily conduct of South Africa’s foreign policy.


Imbumba Aganang Private Party (RF) Proprietary Limited is a special purpose entity incorporated to facilitate the financing, design, construction and operation of head office accommodation for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (“DIRCO”) through a service concession agreement.

Both Parties have formed a partnership agreement with PKF Octagon Incorporated and formed an extensively tailored learnership/internship programme.

Imbumba Aganang in collaboration with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and PKF Octagon Incorporated are inviting applications for a thirty-six (36) and twenty-four (24) months Learnership/Internship Programme as a contribution towards Skills Development as well as giving unemployed graduates an opportunity to gain experience in various areas.


Benefits of a Learnerships/Internship as a unique vehicle to skills development:

1. Increase access to employment opportunities
2. Assist in Career-Pathing and Self-development
3. Provide a monthly stipend to learners while they learn
4. Serve as an entrance into the industry for unemployed learners


Requirements: Minimum NQF 4 (Matric) / NQF 5 upwards will be beneficial
Advantageous qualifications:  Human Resource Management/Development, Public Administration, Labour Relations


  • Only first time Learnership Programme participants will be considered.
  • Successful candidates must be willing to sign an oath of secrecy with the Department.
  • Applicants will be expected to be available for selection and interviews at a predetermined time, date and place.

  • Leaners will be placed within the Department of International Relations and Cooperation at the Head Office in Pretoria. It is, therefore, required that candidates should have their own transport and accommodation.
  • Only South African citizens between the ages of eighteen (18) to thirty-five (35) years old are eligible to apply for the learnership programme.

  • All appointments are subject to the verification of citizenship, reference checks and security vetting.
  • If you are in possession of foreign qualifications, an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must accompany your application.
  • Failure to submit the required documents/information will result in your application not being considered.

  • No late applications will be considered / accepted.
  • Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only; should you not be contacted within three (3) months after the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.
  • Please note that successful learners will be expected to sign an Learnership Contract/Agreement with the Department.
  • Interviews will be conducted via an online platform.


The Department of International Relations and Cooperation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with clear employment equity targets. Qualified women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Note: Candidates who have already participated in an Learnership Programme in any Government Department will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 14 January 2024

ONLY shortlisted applicants must print, scan, sign and submit the Z83 form before the interview and it must be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, certified copies of qualifications (including academic transcripts), reflecting compliance with the minimum requirements as well as a copy of your ID.


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