Master’s Research Intern

Company HSRC
Reference # MRI ESD-HEDA 10/17
Published 05/10/2017
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Location Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
The Education and Skills Development (ESD) Research Programme conducts research in primary, secondary and tertiary education and skills development, giving attention to access, quality, relevance and equity in education. The Higher Education and Development in Africa (HEDA) unit in particular, focuses its research on three key themes: (1) the student experience, student lifecycle, student politics, student well-being and engagement for success, (2) the staff experience and staff lifecycle, well-being, academic and service staff development and professionalization, and intellectual cultures, and (3) the polity, politics and policy of post-school education, and the PSET landscape more widely.
A particular expertise in the unit are studies of higher education politics and governance at systems and institution level, and the role of key stakeholders in decision-making (such as students). A core research project in the HEDA unit is the project “The new South African student movement: From #RhodesMustFall to #FeesMustFall” which is a collaborative, multi-year, multi-institutional partnership.
ESD seeks to appoint a Master’s Research Intern on a 24 months contract to be based in the Cape Town office. The research intern will work on projects in the higher education and skills development teams. The required intern should be in the social sciences in general with specialisation in information and communication studies or media studies.

In addition to working towards the completion of their university degrees, interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with staff on research projects. Successful candidates will develop their research expertise by working with experts and project specialists. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team.
Job Functions Training
Industries Research
The Master’s Research Intern will participate in the following activities under supervision:
•Provide research support to ESD research projects, including but not limited to the project on the new SA student movement
•Provide technical support for social media analysis of historical and current social media data
•Develop and maintain web portals and social media sites and develop and coordinate web portal content and social media content for research projects
•Establish and maintain various databases linked to research projects
•Participate in setting up research-related activities (team meetings, etc.)
•Participate in data collection (desktop, fieldwork, etc.), as well as data processing work (qualitative and quantitative)
•Participate in the preparation of project reports, research reports and journal articles and other literature
•Participate in disseminating project-related information and research findings through meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences and various media platforms including social media, websites and blogs
•Assist in the coordination of various publishing initiatives
Applicants should:
•Be in the possession of an Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, media studies, information studies)
•Be registered for a Master’s degree or be prepared to register for a Master’s degree within 6 months of appointment
•Have experience working with social media data and other web content. Experience in analyzing social media content is an advantage.
•Have knowledge of and demonstrable working experience in working with a diversity of social media platforms, website platforms, blogs, etc.
•Have a good understanding of the new South African student movement and experience in working in the South African higher education sector
•Possess data management skills, in addition to competence in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Competence in other relevant computer applications (e.g. SPSS, Nvivo) is an advantage
•A sound academic record
•Be curious and enthusiastic about a research career
•Be able to work independently as well as in a diverse team
•Be able to operate against strict specifications and within tight deadlines
•Be prepared to work as part of multi-year, multi-institutional partnership projects between the HSRC, government departments, universities-based stakeholders, local communities, grant-makers and other partners

Job Closing Date 26/10/2017
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