ICT Policy Analyst with the Association for Progressive Communications - South Africa

Internship Opportunity

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Host organization: Association for Progressive Communication (APC)

APC is both a network and an organization. APC members are groups working in their own countries to advance APC's mission of "empowering and supporting organizations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability." APC currently has 58 organizational members active in 60 countries, the majority of them in developing countries. Alternatives has been a member since 2002.

Required skills: The candidate must have a technical diploma or university degree in a field related to journalism, media, communications, ICT or any other relevant training. He or she must speak English and have good writing skills. Knowledge of telecommunications, including telecommunications regulatory/legal frameworks and economic models, is desirable. 


The intern will support APC’s policy and advocacy work by undertaking research, analysis and outreach tasks in the context of ongoing activities related to global internet governance and internet-related human rights. The intern will work with APC staff, as well as members and partners, to develop positions on internet policy issues that impact on human rights and gender justice. The intern will also support the implementation of policy advocacy strategies in regional and global human rights and internet governance processes, as well as at the national level, in particular in South Africa.

Main activities:

  • Support APC’s policy advocacy work through conducting desk research on internet policy and human rights issues, in particular their impact in South Africa.
  • Prepare policy briefs, meeting reports and other informational materials related internet policy and human rights issues.
  • Contribute to implementing the APC policy advocacy strategy, including supporting submissions to global and regional policy processes (such as United Nations human rights mechanisms, among others)
  • Monitor relevant UN meetings (online) for internal tracking purposes and publishing outcomes.
  • Support communications needs around APC engagement in policy processes (assist in coordinating statements, social media content, etc.)
  • Provide general support to the Global Policy Advocacy Strategy function (coordinate policy advocacy meetings, notes, and action items, help maintain the global policy advocacy calendar and assist the team in meeting deadlines).
  • Provide general support to the APC Global Policy Advocacy Lead and the Global Women’s Rights Policy Advocacy Lead.
  • Provide specific support to the Community Networks project including:
  1. Attending and reporting on events in Johannesburg related to the CN movement in South Africa
  2. Supporting national, regional and global policy submissions related to CNs.
  • Document and evaluate the work completed.


Other prerequisites: All trainees must complete a training program in Montreal before their stay abroad. Alternatives will cover the travel and accommodation costs of interns living outside of the Montreal area. 

Length of stay abroad: 6 months

Pre-departure training: July 2019

Expected date of departure: August 2019


To be eligible for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP), the candidate must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Have a post-secondary diploma and have obtained a degree or diploma from a university, college, post-secondary technology school, post-secondary institute or CEGEP (general education college and professional in Quebec);
  • Be between the ages of 19 to 30 when the final selection is made (when the contracts between the trainee and Alternatives are signed);
  • Have never participated in the IYIP.


To apply, fill out the form below.

More info: psij@alternatives.ca