Internship FAQs

Internship FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the MISA Regional Secretariat Internship Programme

When do MISA’s internships start?
How long will it take to find out if my application is successful?
Where will I be based?
Hmm, I’m not sure I want to move to Namibia…
I don’t live in Namibia; can I still intern with MISA?
How long is the internship?
How many hours will I work each week?
What will I be doing?
What should I wear?
Will I be paid?

When do MISA’s internships start?

Positions are available throughout the year but usually run in six-month blocks from January to June and again from July to December.
Please try to suggest dates within these blocks when applying to help us ensure there is enough office space to accommodate you. However, we can be flexible on start dates if these do not correspond with your semester.

How long will it take to find out if my application is successful?

Once you submit your application, it will take at least three weeks for us to process your application and let you know if you have been successful or shortlisted.
Please note, we can only offer you an internship if you are eligible to work in Namibia and have complied with all relevant immigration requirements.

Where will I be based?

The information on this website is for people interested in becoming interns at our Regional Secretariat office in Windhoek, Namibia. However, you will frequently have to work with people in our offices across southern Africa, using phone, email, skype and other tools to keep them informed on the progress of your work.

Hmm, I’m not sure I want to move to Namibia…

If you are not eligible, or do not want to work in Namibia, you can check out our National Chapter websites for opportunities to intern with MISA in other southern African countries.

But don’t underestimate how lovely Namibia is!

I don’t live in Namibia; can I still intern with MISA?

Yes. We have had many international interns and volunteers working in both our Regional Secretariat and National Chapter offices.
But please note, we can only offer you an internship if you are eligible to work in the country you are applying to and have complied with all relevant immigration requirements.

If you are associated with a specific tertiary institution or international volunteer or internship organisation, we are happy for you to contact us to discuss how we might be able to facilitate an internship with MISA.

How long is the internship?

We usually ask interns to sign a six-month contract, however we are happy to discuss other timeframes if you have specific requirements for your university course.

How many hours will I work each week?

Unless otherwise agreed, our interns work on a full-time basis and you can expect to work 40 hours per week. Our office hours are 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday with a one-hour lunch break.
At times, we may ask you to work in the evening or over a weekend for a specific event or activity.

What will I be doing?

As an intern at MISA you will be a valuable member of our team, helping us promote and defend free expression in southern Africa. To the best of our ability, we will work with you to design a work plan that meets your university or research requirements as well as your professional development goals.
However, we are a small office, often operating with minimal staff so you need to be aware that we will also call on you to help us with administration from time to time.

Depending on your background and interests, your specific duties might include:

  • Helping to prepare research papers and studies;
  • Monitoring media violations and the state of media freedom in southern Africa through various media channels and contacts within our network;
  • Drafting policy papers on substantive legal issues and helping to prepare background research for grant proposals;
  • Assisting with office administration, such as organising meetings and preparing minutes;
  • Assisting with event logistics such as seeking quotes, booking venues and flights and drafting event programmes;
  • Preparing media and promotional materials including press releases, website articles and online newsletters; and
  • Assisting with information management including maintaining our contact lists and databases.

What should I wear?

You don’t need to wear a suit, but we are a professional organisation and expect you to wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate in a professional atmosphere where you may be representing MISA in meetings and at public events.

Our internships are unpaid, however MISA will provide approximately N$1000 per month to cover your travel costs.