• Added Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a CGIAR Research Center, is seeking applications from enthusiastic students who are looking to gain professional experience in the field of event planning and coordination at IWMI's Southern Africa office in Pretoria, South Africa.

Scope of internship

This internship opportunity is within the CGIAR Initiative on Diversification in East and Southern Africa to support various events across the region. The intern would have an eye for detail, excellent organizational skills and a creative flair. It would be a perfect opportunity for the intern to contribute to cutting-edge event planning within the research field and work with an international and diverse team of experts in the field of water management. This will also give them an insight into working with people from a dynamic and multicultural work environment.

The intern will assist in the following areas:

Assist in coordinating and executing various events, from concept to completion. Collaborate with the events team on event design, logistics and work with industry professionals representing IWMI. Assist with event marketing and promotional activities to attract attendees and create a buzz. Help create visual content such as infographics, videos and photos to support IWMI's communication efforts. Conduct research to stay up to date with event industry trends and emerging technologies. Support on-site event management ensuring seamless execution.


A graduate with a diploma /degree in Event Management, Hospitality, Marketing or related fields. Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, multicultural environment and manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal. A genuine interest in event planning and a desire to learn and grow within the industry. Excellent organizational abilities and a keen eye for detail. A genuine interest in event planning and a desire to learn and grow within the industry. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).


IWMI will provide a monthly stipend to the selected candidate during the internship period.

The duration of the initial internship contract will be for 6 months with the possibility of extension based on performance, requirements of IWMI and the availability of funds. This is a nationally recruited internship and only citizens of South Africa are eligible to apply.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is an international, research-for-development organization that works with governments, civil society and the private sector to solve water problems in developing countries and scale up solutions. Through partnership, IWMI combines research on the sustainable use of water and land resources, knowledge services and products with capacity strengthening, dialogue and policy analysis to support implementation of water management solutions for agriculture, ecosystems, climate change and inclusive economic growth. Headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, IWMI is a CGIAR Research Center with offices in 14 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries. www.iwmi.org
To apply, visit www.iwmi.org/jobs. Applications must be submitted by 12:00 (SAST) on September 11, 2023 (Monday).

IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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