Internship Programme

Industry Skills Development & Training PASA/FP&M SETA Internship Programme

Intern Demographics

Black Males
Black females
Coloured Males
Coloured Females
Indian Females
Indian Males
White Females
White Males

Goals and Objectives of the Programme

The publishing industry recognises the need to expand its current employment profile and has committed itself to introducing new blood and perspectives through the implementation of a black empowerment internship programme for graduates.

The PASA Internship Programme is aimed at unemployed black graduates wishing to gain entry into the book publishing industry. It includes a practical workplace experiential learning component and a theoretical learning component which will be integrated to provide interns with a solid foundation of skills for employment in the book publishing industry.

The internship primarily focuses on the development of key skills needed within the publishing industry and is structured in such a way so as to maximise learning opportunities for interns.

In the long term it is hoped that such a transfer of skills will also improve the quality of books published in South Africa, contributing to transforming South Africa’s reading culture and developing our multi lingual society in the academic, economic, scientific and cultural spheres. A particular contribution can be made to increasing and developing publishing in African languages.

Stakeholders of the Programme

FP&M SETA: Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing and Packaging Sector Education. Training Authority.

FP&M SETA is an Authority established in terms of section 9(1) of the Skills Development Act 1988. The prescribed core business of the FP&M SETA is the Development and implementation of a Sector Skills Plan by identifying and developing Learnerships and Skills Programmes by which Discretionary Grants are allocated to fund the Internship Programme.

As the Industry body PASA acts as the custodian of the project and undertakes co-ordination of the necessary components of the programme to ensure the successful completion of the project.

Individual Publishing Houses provide the practical workplace experience.

The MA in consultation with the custodian (PASA) finalise the required deliverables and assessment criteria to ensure that current industry standards are applied, and that the training is of a regulated quality.

The Interns are committed to the Goals and objectives of the Internship Programme and the willingness to learn by way of successfully meeting the requirements of the learning outcomes at the end of the programme.

For more information call PASA Office
021 762 9083

Internship Positions:

Book Publishing Workplace Experience Placements

Available in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape

The Publishers’ Association of South Africa is offering exciting internship opportunities for individuals who want to develop their career in the Book Publishing Industry. The programme is funded by FP & M Seta (Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education Training Authority).


  • Development of human resource capacity in the publishing industry;
  • Addressing the needs as articulated in the Fibre, Processing and Manufacturing SETA (Sector Education & Training Authority) with regard to the demographics of the country; and
  • Increasing the employability of unemployed, qualified graduates.


  • The Internship Programme is a structured placement programme administered by the Publishers’ Association of South Africa.
  • Duration: a year (1 February 2024 to 31 January 2025).
  • Interns will be paid a monthly stipend.
  • The internship will be with contracted publishing companies which are in the Education, Trade and Academic Sectors. People trained in video production are encouraged to apply.
  • Interns will sign a contract which will commit them to the period and conditions of involvement and employment.


  • Individuals who want to pursue and develop a career in publishing;
  • A tertiary qualification;
  • Individuals who are:
    • eager to learn
    • proactive
    • independent thinkers
    • assertive and
    • enjoy language and communication.

Applications to be submitted to

Closing date: 31 October 2023


  1. The internship appointments will be in accordance with the employment equity requirements of the FP&M SETA.