15 March 2018

SAHA Archival Internship Opportunity


The South African History Archive (SAHA) is looking for recent South African graduates with a keen interest in activism and struggles for justice and accountability in South Africa to apply for an internship opportunity at SAHA.


The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting, supporting and promoting greater awareness of past and contemporary struggles for justice through archival practices and outreach, and the utilisation of access to information laws.

To learn more about SAHA, visit http://www.saha.org.za


All SAHA internships are based at the SAHA offices at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis for at least 6 months (up to a maximum of 12 months) and will receive a modest monthly stipend for the duration of the internship.

To learn more about what previous interns (and volunteers) have said about their time at SAHA, please visit: http://www.saha.org.za/about_saha/volunteers_interns_at_saha.htm


The archival internships at SAHA provide a unique learning opportunity within a well-established and respected activist archive.  In the course of the internship, interns will support the work of the archival team at SAHA by:

·         Accessioning, processing, sorting and maintaining physical and digital archival materials according to archival standards;

·         Updating and standardising metadata relating to SAHA collections;

  • Assisting in the implementation of various special projects, including digitisation, publication development, and exhibition preparation, as required;
  • Responding and assisting researchers who consult the archive.


In order to be eligible for the SFJP SAHA internship, applicants must:

  • Hold a qualification in information studies, history or heritage management (or a related qualification that you are able to motivate relates to the work of the archival programme at SAHA);
  • Be a South African citizen under 30 years of age;
  • Be able to commit to an internship of six months in duration;

  • Be recently graduated with no prior full-time work experience - preference will be given to applicants who have not previously benefitted from an internship opportunity within a South African NGO;
  • Have a demonstrable interest in human rights advocacy and constitutional issues and an interest in building a career in civil society in South Africa;
  • Have some experience of working with archival collections, and an understanding of the need for careful handling of archival material and artefacts;
  • Be able to plan, prioritise work, meet deadlines, and work independently;
  • Be systematic and thorough in their approach to work, with excellent attention to detail;
  • Be competent in Microsoft Office software;
  • Be fit and able to lift archive boxes and move loaded carts.



 To apply, please prepare a one-page letter of motivation (no more than 500 words) that addresses the following:

  • What is the relationship between archives and human rights? (250 – 300 words)
  • SAHA's central mission is to recapture lost and neglected histories and to record aspects of South African history in the making. Which SAHA project do you think fulfils this mission? Please provide reasons for your answer. (150 – 200 words)

Submit this letter of motivation with your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and the contact details for at least 2 referees.

Applications should be submitted by email to recruitment@saha.org.za. The subject line of your email must include: Archival Internship 2018 – [Your Full Name].

Only complete applications submitted through the above email address as directed will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The closing date for applications is 27 March 2018 at 5pm

Interviews will be conducted at the SAHA offices in Johannesburg between 4-6 April 2018