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ARC : x20 Unemployed Agricultural Graduate Internship May 2018

Closing date  08 May 2015.



The ARC-Central Office (ARC-CO) – Smallholder Agricultural Development Unit seeks to appoint 20 unemployed agricultural graduates that are based on the following provinces:

  • Mpumalanga,
  • Limpopo,
  • Eastern Cape and
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and foster innovation in support of the agricultural sector. It provides diagnostic, laboratory, analytical, agricultural engineering services, postharvest technology development, agrochemical evaluation, consultation and advisory services, food processing technology services as well as various surveys and training interventions. Through its wider network of research institutes and experimental farms, the ARC provides a strong scientific base and a broadly distributed technology transfer capacity to the entire agricultural industry in South Africa.


The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) operates within the National System of Innovation. With funding support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Smallholder Agriculture Development unit of the ARC has an innovative programme to train and mentor unemployed agricultural graduates as Agricultural Development Knowledge Brokers. In this project, the ARC intends to develop the capacity of the selected candidates through exposure to research, training, development methodologies, research management and e-agriculture initiatives to support smallholder agricultural development in South Africa.


  • Internship Opportunity for 20 Unemployed Agricultural Graduates The call is for dynamic young unemployed agricultural graduates between the ages of 18- 35.
  • Only South African Citizens are invited to apply.
  • Successful candidates will be based on the above mentioned provinces and work with the local communities.
  • These smart minds will be trained and mentored over a one-year period to provide assistance to smallholder farmers in their respective communities as Agricultural Development Knowledge Brokers.
  • During the training, graduates will work under mentorship of the ARC, based specialized commodities. If and when applicable, graduates may be expected to attend some courses offered by the ARC or its partners.


  • Must have Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Agriculture or related fields
  • Provide evidence of significant academic achievement in previous studies.
  • Appreciate diversity and facilitate change in the agricultural development extension environment.
  • Passionate about working with smallholder farmers
  • Excellent Intrapersonal and interpersonal skills with good professional conduct
  • Be completely dedicated to the mentorship process
  • Be able to cope with pressure and to interact effectively in sensitive situations.



How to Apply

All applications should be accompanied by covering letter, detailed CV (including certified copies of certificates, academic records/transcripts, identity document, and details of 3 contactable referees,

Should be forwarded to Mr Siviwe Magidigidi at the ARC-Central Office, PO Box 8783, Pretoria 0001, or hand delivered at the reception at the ARC Building at 1134 Park Street, Hatfield.

Applications can also be submitted by email to [email protected]

Enquiries: Mr Sandile Ngcamphalala on (012) 427 9822

SAQA evaluation report must accompany foreign qualifications. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The appointments will also be subject to positive security clearance and reference checks. Applications who do not receive any response from us 4 weeks after the closing date must regard their applications as unsuccessful. The Agricultural Research Council is an equal opportunity employer but is committed to the principles and processes of Employment Equity. The Company has the right not to appoint. Further information on the ARC is available on the ARC website: htt: //www.arc.agric.za