Council for Scientific and Industrial Research: Finance Internship Programme 2024

Job Summary

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invites applications for the Finance Internship Programme 2024.

Closing date: 23 February 2024

Location: This position is based in Pretoria.

About CSIR

CSIR is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa.

The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

About the Internship

The CSIR has two vacancies for an Internship opportunity within the Financial Services portfolioThe purpose of the internship is to provide graduates with an opportunity to gain practical work experiencethrough performing accounting and administrative duties.


Under supervision, the Intern will be required to:

  • Process financial transactions under guidance and supervision to ensure the transactions are recorded accurately, in compliance with policies, processes, guidelines and legislation;
  • Perform financial account reconciliations to identify discrepancies or items to be actioned and ensure that all transactions are recorded in the correct accounting period;
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  • Prepare, obtain and attach supporting documentation for approvals before processing journals for correct allocation and accounting for income and expenses;
  • Follow up and resolve queries received from divisions, suppliers or customers, and where required, escalate to Senior Financial Officer or accountant for action.
  • Keep record of financial documents, e.g. journals, S&T claims and invoices, for future reference and audit purposes;

  • Assist follow up on the status of open orders and ensure accuracy for financial reporting and year-end accruals;
  • Assist with preparation of financial reports and provide allocation details of deposits received;
  • Assist with month-end and year-end processes to enable financial departments to meet deadlines and process all financial transactions before final closure.

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • A three-year diploma or bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance;
  • Ability to implement basic accounting principles;
  • Basic knowledge of VAT principles, Microsoft Office Suite and email;
  • Ability to function under pressure and manage stress;
  • Good office administrative and record keeping skills;

  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Good time management and planning skills;
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written);
  • Attention to detail and good interpersonal skills;
  • Sound work ethic and ability to work in large teams is essential.
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How to Apply

Closing date: 23 February 2024


For more info, please email us at Please do-not send your application to this mailbox, it is only for inquiries.


  • Katlego Malope

    Katlego is a final-year student at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from bouncing molecules against each other in the Chemistry lab, she loves curating job opportunites for fellow youth. Katlego is also quite a singer!

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