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 :

Engineering

Ref: 1201

Established 1991, the company specialize in the field of Filling Equipment, Packaging Systems and Product Handling. The company is led by its founders - Paul (technical director) and Kathi (commercial director). Both have over 30 years experience in the design and manufacture of packaging equipment. Together they have developed a team whose prime focus is to provide the best possible filling and packaging solutions with customer support in the most cost effective manner. The company machines are custom designed for many unique applications. Applications Filling dry, semi-viscous and liquid products into stand-up pouches, glass bottles or plastic containers. The Machines are designed and manufactured for manufacturers and processors in general industry. Product Range Designs vary from a semi-automatic one-head filler to a fully automatic eight-head filling system, pouch systems, free standing fillers, bottle fillers and interpack.

Location: 25 minutes drive Cape Town City Centre
Car required: Yes
Dress code: semi casual

Duties 
A project will be set up for you according to your field of interests and expertise.  Ideal for writing a thesis in related field

Requirements
Studying forward engineering
related practical experiences preferable
Reasonable English language skills and should be highly motivated

Engineering

Ref: 1202

Electronic Systems Lab Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering The Faculty of Engineering near Cape Town is at the forefront of both basic and applied research, and enjoys international recognition for its work. By focusing on cutting-edge and inter-disciplinary research, the Faculty is experiencing strong growth in its research and postgraduate programmes. Research activities are supported by quality staff, world-class experimental laboratories, computational facilities and research infrastructure. The Faculty is research-intensive and is one of the largest contributors to near Cape Town's research income. Research and teaching in the five academic departments are augmented by six major research Centres/Institutes of international standing. Research groups in these units are funded by various industries and research council programmes such as those of NRF, Thrip, Innovation Fund, etc. Aerospace Engineering students will be based in the Electronic Systems Lab (ESL)working alongside Professor Paul who is the group head of all aero and space engineering. His group focus’s strongly on automatic airship control and are very active in satellite systems, airship systems as well as remotely piloted vehicles. They work intensely with industry, which gives interns excellent industrial experience and they will work alongside all the Master's students who are doing their research projects in the Aerospace field. The ESL is also the birth place of Africa's first satellite Sunsat-1 (developed by students and launched in 1999) and is the site for the satellite ground station, used to currently do the commissioning of SumbandilaSat (launched Sept 2009), built by SunSpace. Interns will also have the opportunity to work on the design of an autopilot for an 8 meter electric airship. Further plans include working on the improvement of the gondola design and controllers to automatically fly waypoints.

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

Duties
Duration of Internship: 17 Weeks Rough Estimation of Time: 1 Week Welcoming Initial Setup/Environment 3 Weeks Gondola Redesign 5 Weeks Additional Modeling, Controller Design, Comparison of results 4 Weeks Embedded Implementation on hardware, HIL simulation if time allows 3 Weeks Report 1 Week Vacation during internship if required. Internship will comprise of the following tasks: - Improvement and redesign of airship gondola for improved aerodynamics, to simplify mounting to airship, as well as provide easy access to batteries and avionics. - Additional modeling, including external disturbances such as wind to include in airship model. - Linear controller design for waypoint navigation using classical control techniques with focus on robustness. - Evaluation of controllers through simulation (Matlab, Simulink) and comparison to existing fuzzy logic controllers. - If time allows - implementation of controllers on hardware, possible hardware in the loop simulation. - Any valuable contribution to the project. - Written report to summarise internship work.

Requirements
Master students in electrical or electronic engineering or Aerospace Engineering
Strong background
Related practical experiences
Solid English 

Engineering

Ref: 1203

This company is a leading rigid plastic packaging manufacturer in South Africa, specializing in producing customized packaging Their customers include a wide range of South African national companies as well as a number of international companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Reckitt Benckiser, Alberto Culver, Distell, Sara Lee, Heinz, SC Johnson, Justine- Avon, Unilever and Woolworths to name but a few. This company was formed in 1972 and listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1987. They had a ten year compounded growth rate of 26% and a five-year compounded growth rate of 24%. Approximately 40% of the company is controlled by the directors of the company and they were honoured to be included in the Top 100 Companies on the JSE three times in the last five years, while being sector leaders seven times out of the last ten years. Their market capitalization is approximately R540 million. This company has two divisions of which Plastics is one. The other is the Quality Beverages bottling operation that produces niche soft-drink brands Jive, Dixie, Planet and Aqua Blue. This company specializes in producing packaging for the toiletry, cosmetic, household, pharmaceutical and food markets. They operate four manufacturing plants with a total area of 41000m2, two being in Cape Town, one in Johannesburg and a new facility has opened up in Durban earlier in 2009. This company has high levels of technical expertise for which they are renowned. This includes a mould design department and an extensive tool room, employing over 20 toolmakers. They utilize CAD/CAM facilities both in their mould design office and in the tool room.

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

Duties
The student will receive diverse exposure and will be placed in different areas, these being primarily in the Packaging plant with development and manufacturing and secondly in Business development with costing and development. Students knowledge and skills will be used to utmost advantage to ensure that the internship is mutually beneficial for both the student and the company. According to student study requirements, Student will be given a suitable project and will be required to report back continuously on progress made. The student should be systematic in your work and enjoy being part of a dynamic and innovative team. Perfect for writing thesis in related field

Requirements
Strong Engineering, Packaging or technical background
Project management experience
Previous work experience, and a hard working and motivated individual
Keen to make a worthwhile contribution

Engineering

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

Duties 
As an Engineering student a project will be set up for the student according to their field of Engineering and specific study requirements. Therefore great for a thesis

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

Engineering

Ref: 1205

This institution acts as a central point of entry for the general field of renewable energy. Some contract research projects are completed within this institution while others end up in the other academic departments or research entities of this institution.The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy was formed to execute the mandate of the Programme: The Centre plays a coordinating role for a variety of contract research projects where specialists from various disciplines participate to investigate renewable energy resources, conversion technologies and applications. The Centre has a staff of four engineers, all with masters’ degrees, specialising in renewable energy that assist with the technical work. In addition the Centre can call on the expertise of the wider institution community as well as other experts, even from abroad, should they be required to work on the project. The Centre is driving three national, flagship projects: -South African wind Energy Centre  -Solar Energy Map of Southern Africa -Concentrating Solar Power Pilot Plant and Research Facility

Location: 50 minutes drive from Cape Town City Centre
Car required: Yes
Dress code: Semi casual

Duties
The student will be provided with a project description according to students university requirements and field of interest and fitted into a research group

Requirements
Be studying towards a degree in Wind Engineering or Sustainable Energy
Have a strong technical and organisational background
Previous work experience preferred
Good English writing and speaking skills 
Excellent attention to detail
A positive attitude, enthusiastic and motivated
Lots of energy and drive, good team player and willingness to learn

Engineering

Ref: 1206

This automotive company manufacture and distribute top quality automotive components to OEMs and the automotive aftermarket in southern Africa. Their locally manufactured brands: Gabriel, Echlin, Acsa-Mag, AutoExel, MAG-Brakes, Autosave and Autocom are well known, established brands which have become synonymous with quality and reliability in the automotive aftermarket in South Africa. Based in City Deep in Johannesburg, CI Automotive employs some 250 people dedicated to their marketing, warehousing and distribution operations, serving a network of wholesale distributors, to South Africa and into the rest of Africa. They are also the direct suppliers to the South African OEMs (in various fields including BAE, Bell, DTV) and supply their P&A operations. Their manufacturing facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town employ a further 400 people dedicated to efficient production, according to the highest standards of ISO, TS and SABS certification. In addition, leading international brands have been selected carefully and procured from accredited sources, subjected to their quality and supplier development initiatives.

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

Duties
Apply automation skills to old plant machinery 
Document a control system for all welding parameter settings 
Document a control system for all software control programs, PLC’s, Robotics, CNC’s  
Time studies for plant processes/operation
Plant Capacity & line balancing
Assist with process improvement to reduce cycle times. 

 

Requirements
Strong technical and organisational skills 
Previous work experience, and a hard working and motivated individual 
Previous experience independent and reliable. 
Conduct themselves professionally and represent the company in a presentable way.

Engineering

Ref: 1207

This company is an international medical device company which is committed to establishing itself as a market leader in interventional products. By combining biomedical engineering expertise with clinical understanding, the company is focused on supplying cardiologists with appropriate world-class vascular products. Company specializes in design and manufacturing of medical implants for the treatment of arterial disease. They are currently developing hardware to monitor, control and take electronic records of certain production steps. Job cards with product data are being read into the system and production parameters are being set automatically according to pre-set parameters from their  database.

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

Duties
Programming with hands on electronic background that can develop and refine the production software required to interact with the operator, read from and write to Access as well as read from and write to the hardware.  

Requirements
Experience in programming with Delphi,
Experience with PC board controls and data acquisition hardware (incremental sensors, etc).
Hardworking, selfmotivated individual
Enjoys a challenging environment
Reasonable English language skills.