ABOUT Robben Island Museum:

Robben Island Museum (RIM), established by the Department of Arts and Culture in 1997, is a public entity responsible for the management, maintenance, presentation, development and marketing of Robben Island as a national estate and World Heritage Site.

RIM is also responsible for managing and maintaining the Islands assets, including the Medium and Maximum Security Prison Complexes, Robert Sobukwe’s House, Curio shops, Village Shops, the Village Precinct and related recreational facilities, as well as the Helipad and runway on the Island, World War 2 memorials, power generation and water processing plants, Jetty 1 and the Nelson Mandela Gateway the Mayibuye Archives, the 3 ferries that transport people to the Island and buses used by tourists on the Island.

Guided tours take place every day, Monday to Sunday, of the island’s prison including lime quarry where prisoners labored & Mandela’s cell. The Robben Island experience starts at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town at 4 allocated times each day.


Locations: Robben Island Museum, Cape Town, Western Cape
Positions available: 2
Stipend: R70 715 per year
Contract term: 12 months

Robben Island Museum are inviting suitable candidates to join their 12 month Internship programme at Robben Island Museum, in the Heritage and Research Department. Interns will be responsible for ensuring the Heritage Assets are correctly maintained, according to the Heritage Conservation and Preservation Principles, Collections Management Policies, and are accounted for according to the Standards of Generally Recognized Accounting Practice on Heritage Assets (GRAP103).

Duties and Responsibilities of the role:

  • assisting with Heritage Assets process verification
  • assisting with monitoring movement of collections
  • assisting with new collections, and the accessioning and processing thereof
  • assessing conditions of collections and reporting any deterioration to coordinators
  • assisting with preservation duties, supervised by Archivists
  • assisting with developing metadata and entering the data onto the Atom Database
  • assisting Archivists to ensure GRAP 103 compliance
  • assisting Archivists with relevant designated tasks


Before applying, please ensure that you meet ALL of the following minimum entry criteria – failure to satisfy all the requirements will result in your application being disqualified:

  • Must have completed a Degree or Diploma in one of these fields: Anthropology / Art
  • History / Heritage Studies / History / Library Science / Photography or equivalent
  • Must pay close attention to detail and work accurately
  • Must be able to work under pressure
  • Must be computer literate and have experience working in Ms Package (advantageous)
  • Must be a team player
  • Must have good communication skills


Applications must be submitted via email to: [email protected]

Attach the following documents to your application email:

  • Certified copy of your South African ID document
  • Certified copy of Degree or Diploma qualification
  • Full detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Covering letter
  • Contactable and traceable references

(Please ensure that attachments are not larger than 10MB)

RIM is an EE & AA employer and reserves the right not to make fill the position if a suitable candidate is not found. If you do not hear from RIM within 30 days, please regard your application unsuccessful.


For any queries related to this programme, please contact the Robben Island Museum directly:
Telephone number: 021 409 5100