Sustainability Reporting Research Internship in South Africa – a niche consultancy specializing in the provision of independent third party assurance over sustainability reports – is seeking to recruit up to 3 interns to participate in its third annual review of sustainability reports in South Africa. Requirements include a minimum of an undergrad degree, a penchant for sustainability issues, and a willingness to participate in volunteer activities.

The roles of the selected interns would include:

  •  Conducting research into sustainability reporting in South Africa. This follows on from the previous research reports published (go to to download latest report).
  • Participating in the writing of ‘King III & GRI +12: A review of sustainability reporting in South Africa’ with potential co-authorship mention.
  • Assisting with the project management of the launch event for the research report.

In exchange for their participation in the above, will offer:

  • Payment for each report reviewed, which could exceed R1 000 per day (based on the productivity of last year’s researchers, although the average was R800 per day or about US$100)
  • Access to opportunities to job shadow members of the team on client engagements
  • Opportunities to assist in socioeconomic development projects linked to the Soweto Marimba Youth League (SMYLe) Trust (, the Orlando Children’s Home ( and/or Cotlands ( all of which are entities supported by

The internship would start mid to late February, and would extend for roughly 3 months. Where necessary, assistance will be offered with respect to accommodation (to be discussed on a case-by-case basis).

Please submit your application directly to Michael Rea via

About the author: Mehrdad Nazari (MBA, MSc, LEAD Fellow) is a Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability Reporting & ESIA Advisor, and Director of Prizma. He was previously an environmental consultant with Dames & Moore, Principal Environmental Specialist at the EBRD and CSR Research Director at CoreRatings. Mehrdad is a GRI-approved trainer on GRI's sustainability reporting framework and a licensed AA1000 Assurance Provider.

2 Comments to Sustainability Reporting Research Internship in South Africa

  1. Michael H. Rea says:

    Thanks Mehrdad!
    I’ve tried working through a couple of Canadian universities, but they didn’t seem interested in getting the word out.
    I can’t understand it…as last year’s interns benefitted immensely from the experience.

  2. Lydia says:

    This sounds like a great opportunity – unfortunately, I’ll still be occupied with classes in February. Any chance for summer positions?

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