Science Internship Programme

In 2009, the BCRG in collaboration with Victoria Girls High School (VGHS) and a researcher at the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) started the Science Internship Programme which was then known as the Biology Internship Programme before other non-biological departments joined. Science departments involved in the programme are Zoology and Entomology, Geology and Biochemistry and Microbiology, the Pharmacy Faculty and SAIAB also accept a few interns. The programme aims to encourage environmental stewardship and interest in the sciences along with initiating a positive and productive relationship between a tertiary institution and surrounding schools and learners.

The Programme welcomes Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners into the University where they work alongside researchers from different science disciplines. The programme has grown from accepting 7 learners to accepting 23 learners as of 2016. The programme has been successful in the years that it has been going and has grown to include other schools such as Graeme College and Ntsika Secondary School while it continues to grow.

The programme generates a passion and interest in science, encouraging the pursuit of tertiary education. The learners also have unique experiences in a university setting and have the opportunity to build relationships with young students and academics.

Figure 5: The Biological Control Research Group's Interns doing miniSASS

Figure 6: Interns at SAIAB doing a DNA Workshop

Last Modified: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:27:40 SAST