Intern Programme

Each year the FW de Klerk Foundation hosts interns from South Africa and abroad. The Foundation has a long-standing relationship with the Graduate Leaders Program of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents. Through this program, graduate students are placed in high-level policy organisations and ministries - including the FW de Klerk Foundation - in order to gain unique exposure to significant leadership and gender-related policy. The Foundation has also hosted students from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as individuals who approach the Foundation in their personal capacity.

During an internship at the FW de Klerk Foundation, interns are given an opportunity to research and produce a paper on a topic of interest. Interns are also expected to write articles suitable for publication based on issues relevant to the work of the Foundation and its Centre for Constitutional Rights.

Other scheduled activities include visits to Parliament, and participation in Foundation activities, such as community service for Mandela Day, and assisting at, and attending, conferences and events hosted by the Foundation.

For more information, or to enquire about an internship, call +27 21 930 3622 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Current Intern Opportunities

The FW de Klerk Foundation is seeking an energetic, responsible intern to assist the Foundation with a specific project.

The project: Creating and building an FW de Klerk Foundation Online Constitutional Law Library

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Legal and constitutional law research;  
  • Sourcing, gathering and collating constitutional law, legal and related policy information and materials;
  • Working with other team members, including IT team members, to organize and structure the above information and resources;
  • Putting the above together in a coherent and user-friendly online platform/format that constitutes an online constitutional law library and information repository as a final product;
  • Manage databases and input information, data, and records;
  • Attend Zoom and, if needed, in person project team meetings.
  • Availability: 5 hours per week.

Intern Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in law, politics or similar field;
  • Excellent research, writing and organization skills;
  • Knowledge of and experience in constitutional law, politics, governance and/or related will be an advantage;
  • Fully proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Self-directed and able to work without supervision;
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas; and
  • Willing and able to perform work remotely.

Project parameters:

- Anticipated project inception and start date: ASAP.

- Anticipated overall project finish date: 31 March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

- Key project milestone dates and schedule: TBD.

- This is an unpaid internship subject to the following:

  1. If an in-person team meeting/s is required at the Foundation’s offices, traveling costs will be reimbursed; and
  2. Should it be required that the intern attend at a meeting, conference or event in line with the project’s parameters or goals, traveling and related costs connected thereto will be reimbursed.

More Information:

If you are interested, please apply by submitting:

1) A short expression of interest (not more than 500 words) and

2) Your CV.

Submit the above to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application deadline: Monday 16 November 2020.


Past Interns

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PHONE: +27 (0) 21 930 36 22
FAX: +27 (0) 21 930 38 98

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Cape Town, 7500, South Africa
P.O. Box 15785, Panorama, 7506, South Africa

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