Southern Hemisphere

{Southern Hemisphere}{Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street}{Cape Town}{8001}{Johannesburg}{South Africa}{(021) 422-0205}
Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street Cape Town, Johannesburg
Phone: (021) 422-0205

+27 (0) 21 422 0205

+27 (0) 21 424 7965

Messages From Past Interns

" I loved working at SH and if there was the opportunity to be employed for further work, I would definitely be interested. The internship is a great opportunity to gain experience and I felt like I learnt a lot within a very short time. This experience helped me to get my current job and has helped me feel confident in my work. The training was excellent and a highlight of my internship; I am very grateful I was able to participate in so much training." Kate Welsh (2015)

"Southern Hemisphere helped propel my career, by providing me the space and guidance to practice as a young & emerging evaluator (YEE). In this Decade of Evaluation, Southern Hemisphere- is walking the talk on the Eval4action campaigns in terms of supporting YEEs. Through Southern Hemisphere I had the opportunity to work as a researcher assistant under the guidance of seasoned senior evaluators to support two multi country assignments- the Strategy Evaluation and Landscape Scan of the Hewlett Foundation's Transparency, Participation and Accountability Global Initiative Programme – and Multi Country Evaluation of Light for the World 5-year Country Strategy for Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Burkina Faso. I gained the opportunity and valuable experience interacting with evaluation team members from the UK based On think Tanks, learning from other individuals from more than 20 different NGOs working diverse backgrounds in Africa, Europe and USA. Through the internal capacity building training courses such as the theory of change, programme design, monitoring and evaluation I gained practical skills that are necessary for one to function as a MEL specialist. I owe each and every member of the South Hemisphere team a great deal of gratitude- every member has a spirit of oneness that creates a supporting and caring work environment. 

Thank you, Southern Hemisphere."  Langton Moyo". 2021 

" Gail Smith was the very first intern at Southern Hemisphere and joined us straight after finishing her Honors in Sociology at the University of Cape Town. She liked her experience so much that she decided to stay with us for the next four years where she continued to work as our junior researcher until 2004 when she was awarded the Nelson Mandela Scholarship. She completed her Masters at the University of Sussex. She now works for the Department of Economic Affairs in the Western Cape Provincial Govenrment." Gail Smith - First intern ever!

" Southern Hemisphere supported me with guidance and resources, and with the knowledge I had gained from my initial project, I felt equipped to design workshops for youth that fit into the South African context."
Cheryl Schoenberg,
UNESCO Chair of Peace and Philosophy at Universitat Jaume I, Spain.

"Simon believes that the internship with Southern Hemisphere has helped him gain many skills that are necessary for the work environment. This internship program has definitely helped him in improving his communication skills, especially in learning how to effectively communicate with both clients and co-workers. Moreover, it gave him a grasp on what it means to actually be able to manage working simultaneously on different projects and tasks. Simon began working for the CSVRin Cape Town after completing his internship at Southern Hemisphere.."
Simon S. Vilakazi

" Being an intern with Southern Hemisphere was a fantasic experience an a great opportunity, which has opened the doors for a great future. The experince at Southern Hemisphere was great! From the start I was fully engaged in the projects, I was actually the project co-ordinator for a couple of them, I was involved with all the decision making processes and I was given the necessary tools to be able to grow professionally. After I returned to Italy, I was interviewed for many jobs, many of them were interested in my professional profile because of the experience I had made in South Africa."
Giorgia Varisco, UNESCO Chair of Peace and Philosophy at Universitat Jaume I, Spain

"As an intern at Southern Hemisphere you are given the opportunity to actively participate in work at all levels. I developed new skills in research in a wide range of areas. The job involved a high degree of accuracy, attention to detail, diligence, the ability to organise, assertiveness and communicating effectively. My experiences during this internship are invaluable. I learned the importance of making people your priority in any organisation or project (participatory approach). This was a great internship that I wish more university students could experience."
Christy Tawii, B Tech, Environmental Managment, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2008).

"I want to thank Southern Hemisphere for accommodating me in a nice conducive environment. It’s been a real pleasure for me to receive such good training and exposure to the world of work. Now I know what to expect from outside and inside in the working environment- because of you!" Andrew Mkhontswana, Honors degree in Development Studies and a BA in Public Administration, University of the Western Cape. 

" Southern Hemisphere, more than just a practical internship, has become like a family for me. Southern Hemisphere helped to better visualize the outcomes and practical results of global and macro level decisions into a micro and communities level practices. The internship program helped me put into perspective how decisions taken at the international level can influenced people's lives in a daily basis… And, if I'm here today in the UN, it's actually because of their trustiness and opportunity in South Africa.." Marcelo Rodriguez..

"Working with Southern Hemisphere was a great adventure that created opportunities for me to develop new skills in research and project management, while I diversified my career prospects. I was fully involved in projects, office duties and also worked as a projects coordinator and Fieldworker, which progressively transformed theory into practice. It was also an exciting experience for me to learn and interact with people of different culture in South Africa in their daily life while at work"
Hannah Muthoni Macharia, MA in Peace, conflict and Development Studies from the UNESCO Chair of Peace and Philosophy at Universitat Jaume I, Spain (intern 2006).

"It will definitely take some time to absorb and to process the fact that I won't be part of the SH team any longer. It's very sad when good things come to an end.  I don't think words can adequately convey how positive and valuable my time working with you all has been. I really consider myself privileged to have been part of a team of dedicated, powerful and brilliant women--and role models. This fellowship would not have been possible without my time here at SH, so I owe each of you a very big heartfelt thank you for investing so much in my learning and development and for exposing me to your high standard of work." Sarah Reckson

My experience at Southern Hemisphere
"Southern Hemisphere is one organisation that I would love to go back to given a chance. The organisation is well organised and the team creates an environment that is supportive and conducive for effective learning and personal growth. I would strongly recommend Southern Hemisphere to anyone who is thinking of pursuing a career in monitoring and evaluation as well as looking forward to improving their report writing and analytic skills.
Thank you Southern Hemisphere and keep up the good work. "
Freddy Lipeleke, 2015

"As an intern at Southern Hemisphere, I had the opportunity to do truly meaningful work on a wide variety of projects, ranging from maternal mortality in Zambia and Malawi to child protection in South Africa. The experience was extremely rewarding, and the consultants at Southern Hemisphere were great mentors. I learned an incredible amount about monitoring and evaluation in a very short period of time and am very grateful to Cathy, Dena, Nana, and Wilma for this opportunity. I am back in the States now working in international education, but my heart is still in Cape Town!Danielle Pagano. 2016/2017 

"I am proud to have been an intern and to be associated with Southern Hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere provided me with a range of skills and tools. As an intern I was allowed to engage with research projects at all stages. I appreciated that Southern Hemisphere provided a learning and participatory environment, and that the team supports and is vested in your career development. I will forever be indebted to Southen Hemisphere and it's fantastic team!" Toshca-Lee Gilliland. 2018 

"I will always be so proud and glad to have had the opportunity to intern at Southern Hemisphere and don't think I could ever properly describe everything that I learnt and was exposed to while there. It gave me a chance to discover so many different aspects of international development and figure out where my strengths lie. The working environment is supportive, nurturing and caring and I enjoyed working with the entire team, who are more like a family. I still recommend the internship to friends! 

" Mishkah Abrahams. 2017 

"I completed my internship the year after I completed my MPhil in M&E. The internship at SH provided me with the practical experience that I desperately needed. The exposure I received in being part of both larger multinational projects as well as smaller local projects, provide me with a greater understanding of the practical monitoring and evaluation needs of clients as well as how to complete M&E in the real world. The experience provided by SH focuses on your personal development with a focus on mentoring and real work experience. The internship was one of my most meaningful work experiences to date." Danielle Lemmon. 2018 

"“I joined Southern Hemisphere at a time when l had just completed my MPhil in Programme Evaluation studies at UCT and needed a platform where l could get real world experience and also launch myself as an emerging evaluator. Through the SH internship I acquired a wide range of soft and hard skills. Some of my tasks included coordinating various evaluation projects, writing evaluation reports, providing facilitation support, and developing proposals amongst other work. All this experience helped to refine my leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. I think what made the SH Internship programme stand out from the rest is that it was tailored to meet my individual career goals through having an Individual Development Plan (IDP). Regular check-ins with Nana Davies, my mentor, were also very helpful during this time as she played a key role as my accountability partner. I have also had the privilege of continuing this journey with her as l find my feet in my new role as Researcher/Evaluator at Southern Hemisphere.” Brilliant Bhebe 2019 

"Southern Hemisphere’s internship programme is jam-packed, fast-paced, high-energy. SH is a small organisation working for big-time clients. The benefit of this is two-fold: 1. you are heard, noticed and engaged with the team and 2. you gain exposure to organisations making waves in the social development sector. What’s unique about this internship programme is that you are responsible for getting involved in projects that interest you and the skills that you want to grow in. Interns are never made to feel like a spare part in the team. It is a welcoming, engaging and inspiring work environment!" Natascha Minnitt. 2020 

"Interning at Southern Hemisphere was one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences. I joined Southern Hemisphere (SH) as Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Intern with an aim of putting M&E theory into practice and obviously to kick-start my career as an Emerging Evaluator. Putting theory into practice is not always easy but SH team made it possible for me to achieve that.

SH is not an ordinary consulting organization but it is also a learning institution, learning started from the time I joined the team until I left the organization. Interns at SH are trusted as valuable members of the team, and all Managing Directors and my co-workers were extremely helpful and supportive. Within six months of my internship, I had attended most of the internal training and I had been involved in various M&E projects. I was given an opportunity to put into practice the theory that I was taught at the university under the supervision of highly experienced professionals. More specifically, under the direct supervision of my responsible Mentor, Nana Davis.

The support from SH never ended the day I left the organisation but it carried on even afterwards. Being part of the SH team changed my life, each day I am grateful for an opportunity that was given to me. I see myself as SH Alumna, and I take pride in it. Thank you Southern Hemisphere."

Veli Mnqayi, 2015

"I joined Southern Hemisphere as an intern in 2018 after completing my MPhil in Programme Evaluation at the University of Cape Town. While being at Southern Hemisphere, I was exposed to evaluation projects of multiple initiatives operating in the social development space. Being exposed to so many initiatives and seeing the work they engage in solidified my interest in working in the development space. Working with the team on all aspects of the evaluation cycle was truly valuable in terms of refining my evaluation/research skills, professionalism and work ethic. The team is made up of strong, dymanic and highly skilled individuals/experts in the evaluation space. One of the things I found most valuable was that interns are given the opportunity to work with each of the managing members/partners. In so doing, interns can learn from the wealth of experience each of the partners have in evaluation, facilitation, strategy development and so forth. I found Southern Hemisphere's organizational/working culture to be supportive and learning oriented. The team also maintains a culture of pursuing excellence. I highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who wants to refine their skills, gain invaluable experience in evaluating programmes in the social development space, and to emerging evaluators looking for a platform to launch their careers."

Lara Minne. 2019 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in Monitoring & Evaluation, Southern Hemisphere’s internship is a great place to start. Interns curate their own internship – with so much going on, and endless invitations to participate, interns have a unique opportunity to not only learn M&E and consultancy in depth but also to focus on niche activities that align with their Independent Development Plan. I will miss most the light-hearted banter with my colleagues and the numerous learning opportunities made available to me - Sarah Duncan, winner of 'Best Pandemic Intern"  Sarah Duncan. 2021