Selection of Positions

Random selection of Internship and Volunteer position, projects, thesis in Cape Town, Somerset and Stellenbosch where Magister had people in the past or/ and presently open. Please notice that names and exact locations are changed or deleted. Even if you don't find your desired position or is not available for your desired period, Magister is still able to supply you with an suitable professional alternative. To apply please fill in the application form. A listing of most internship and volunteer positons and descriptions are stored in the Magister South Africa database. Here you find few examples in following fiels :


Ref: 9001

This company, started in the 1940’s, markets their large range of products and brands in some 26 countries worldwide and prides itself on offering a comprehensive service to it’s distributors and clients. The Company established the Health Foods industry in South Africa and remains the market leader today, with it’s Head Office in Cape Town, a sales and distribution depot in Johannesburg, Durban and Sydney along with agents in the Eastern Cape, Free State and numerous countries around the world. The manufacturing capability extends to the production of soft gelatine capsules and tablets; including vitamins, dietary supplements, aromatherapy oils, phytotherapy creams, rooibos tea, fruit and herbal teas, health foods, botanicals and herbals. Companies Food trademarks are registered in most countries worldwide including the comanyl Health Foods, Natrodale and Burgess & Finch brands. Keeping abreast of latest developments in the international health industry, the company Foods conforms to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), has TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia) approval and complies with MCC (Medicines Control Council of South Africa) standards in terms of all its regulations.The Quality Assurance (QA) Department has a Quality Control (QC) section as well as a Stability testing section. The Research & Development (R&D) Department reports to the Marketing Department, in keeping with the company philosophy of being a marketing driven company. The R&D Department recently moved into it’s own formulation and analytical laboratories in order to function as a separate business unit in the future.

Location: 30 minutes Cape Town City Centre
Car required: Yes
Dress code: Semi-casual

The R&D Department consist of 2 sub-groups: the Formulation group and the Analytical Chemistry group.
- The Analytical Chemistry group would be interested in a Chemistry intern to assist with the analytical method development, troubleshooting and validation of various methods required to ensure quality of new proposed products. This will also incorporate stability testing according to a scheduled protocol. Analytical techniques used range from physical wet-chemistry techniques to specialised instrument techniques like, HPLC, GC, NIR and AAS. The prospective student will be involved in project teams that will see the product through from inception until the 3-month test station of Stability. At the end of the internship, the student should have a good working knowledge of the laboratory testing requirements of food supplements and pharmaceuticals in South Africa, and will have been exposed to the regulations and the testing procedures required to ensure high quality standards.
- The Formulation group is responsible for the development of new products for the company, as well as third party clients. The product format is primarily focussed on soft gel capsules, but also include tablets, syrups, emulsions and food products. The Formulation Chemists are involved with the identification of suitable raw materials, proposing theoretical formulations, the manufacture of trial batches in the laboratory and/or factory, as well as scale up batches for routine production. Formulation Chemists are also involved in process optimisation projects in the factory to improve current manufacturing procedures and to increase production yields with problematic products.

-Studying towards a degree or a related degree in Chemistry.
-Laboratory experience
-Good analytical skills
-A strong interest in food supplements and pharmaceuticals


Ref: 9002

This company is a leader in advanced solutions that focus on enhancing vehicle performance, improving vehicle stability, and reducing harmful emissions. Their products are part of virtually every vehicle on the road today. They ranked as the 12th largest automotive supplier in the United States, and as the 16th largest supplier in the world. Their diverse portfolio includes revolutionary emissions technologies; industry-leading drivetrain systems and components; and a comprehensive line of apertures and undercarriage products for light vehicle, truck, trailer and specialty equipment OEMs and the commercial aftermarket. The Cape Town branch, with a staff of over 420 people, focuses on Light Vehicle Systems, and more specifically Air and Emissions Technologies and catalytic converters. The current site was established originally as an LVA facility producing shock absorbers in 1982, and now produces catalytic convertors (LVS) as well. They are one of the leading multinational automotive component suppliers based in Southern Africa, providing engineering, design and cutting-edge manufacturing and aftermarket solutions. Awards achieved in South Africa include "Top Supplier to Volkswagen A" – 2004, “ISO 14001" – 2005, amongst many others.

Location: 20 minutes drive from Cape Town City Centre
Car required: preferable 
Dress code: Semi casual

Chemical Engineering students will be given projects according to their study level and university requirements. Working for such a dynamic and international firm will provide you with excellent skills and enhance your technical background. The company are leaders in staff training and will ensure that your internship is a rewarding and challenging one, where you achieve the most benefit from your stay in South Africa.

- Engineering, Technical, Business or Manufacturing Background
- Have strong technical, organisational skills and/or Business background 
- Previous work experience, and a hard working and motivated individual


Ref: 9003

This consultant services in all fields of civil and structural engineering for over 88 years, and our core values of experience, quality and integrity have stood the test of time. Today This consultant has offices in most major South African centres and has worked throughout Africa, offering the full spectrum of engineering and associated disciplines through the various companies in the Group. The firm, which initially specialized in rail and road transportation, now also includes specialist companies that operate in the fields of geotechnical and environmental services,  water management and social development. Their in-house experts provide a comprehensive environmental service to the civil engineering and mining industries, infrastructure developers, government departments, municipalities and NGOs. On specific projects they add to our own expertise with that of specialists in the fields of chemical engineering, botany, archaeology, zoology, freshwater ecology, marine ecology and environmental law. This consultant prides itself on the continuing development of staff and has mentors who are registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa. This assists in the commitment to ensuring that graduates obtain professional registration in the shortest possible time, without compromise with regard to quality and experience.

Location: 15 minutes Cape Town City Centre
Car required: No
Dress code: Semi casual

Chemical Engineering students will work on a variety of tasks that could include substance and chemical analysis, water testing, environmental analysis, contamination studies etc. You will participate as a fully functioning member of the team, your duties will be very varied and you will gain excellent experience in your field and get the opportunity to interact with a very diversified team and external consultants. This consultant have received several awards for excellence in service so you will leave your internship having been exposed to cutting edge technologies in the field.

A background in Chemical Engineering/ Environmental Engineering or a related field
Previous work experience preferred
Enjoy team work and would like to make a significant contribution to the Department.
Good English communication skills
Able to interact well with individuals from different cultures


Ref: 1204

The company  is the leading manufacturer of cigarettes in South Africa. The company has an estimated 65% share of the total tobacco market in a country where one in every four adults chooses to smoke. It is part of the BAT Group that has a business presence in over 180 countries and is the largest stock market listed tobacco group by market share outside the USA. The company believes that its success can be attributed to the attitude and talent of its human capital. It invests more than 6% of its payroll in development and training, which makes the company one of the top investors in employee development in South Africa. The tobacco industry generates some R6bn in taxes for the South African Government annually. It also sustains over 53,000 jobs. But it can also be a controversial industry. The company, believes that the only meaningful approach to corporate social responsibility is one that does not duck the big issues around tobacco. They acknowledge the significant responsibilities that go with their business and their wider role as a corporate citizen and they take these responsibilities seriously. Their key areas in social responsibility are Community Development; Education; Environment; AIDS; Job Creation; BEE and Crime Prevention.

Location: 50 minutes from Cape Town City Centre
Car required: Yes 
Dress code: Casual

Interns with a chemistry background or studies will work in the Product Support Services department in the Test Laboratory, this is a South African National Accreditation System accredited Testing laboratory Interns will first receive training in Chemical and Physical Analysis in order to understand all the relevant chemical processes and be able to perform them effectively. Tasks might include the following: -Determination of total particulate matter -Determination of nicotine in smoke condensate – Gas chromatography -Determination of water in smoke condensate – Gas chromatography -Determination of carbon monoxide in the vapor phase of cigarette smoke -The measurement of weight, circumference, pressure drop and ventilation of cigarette using Filtrona Quality Test Modules (QTM)

Study background or strong interest in Chemistry 
Will need to be an energetic person with strong analytical skills.
Highly motivated and able to work as part of a dynamic team.