The Synergy Team

We achieve more when we work as a team, both with our clients and other stakeholders – towards a common vision.

Alucia Masia

Project Coordinator | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Athenkosi Nzala

Senior Trainer | South Africa

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Brooke Parkin

Senior Consultant | United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1865 558811

Dan Sonnenberg

Associate Consultant | South Africa

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Edward O’Keefe

Director | United Kingdom

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Elaine Pypers

Training Project Coordinator | South Africa

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Hilton Johnson

Principal | New Zealand

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Laura Bores

Junior Consultant | France

+33 (0) 6 59 45 39 95

Mdongwazi Mathye

Consultant | South Africa

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Mercy Tochukwu Christopher

Consultant | United Kingdom

+44 (0)7510270053

Michelle Eatwell

Finance Administrator | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Nondumiso Bulunga

Consultant | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Paul Kapelus

Director | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Robin Lenahan

Senior Consultant | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Sam Choshi

Principal | South Africa

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Sophie Mestchersky

Senior Consultant | France

+33 (0) 6 59 45 39 95

Thandiwe Chidzungu

Associate Consultant | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Tom Huxley

Operations Director | United Kingdom

+44 (0) 1865 558811

Xoliswa Khumalo

Consultant | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Yakhuluntu Dubazana

Junior Consultant | South Africa

+27 (0) 11 403 3077

Yaowen Deng

Junior Consultant | United Kingdom

+44 (0)7510270053

Internships

Synergy’s Internship Programme is designed to enhance professional experience in the world of work and to continue training and development.

What is the Synergy Internship Programme?

Synergy’s Internship Programme is designed to enhance professional experience in the world of work and to continue training and development.

Interns are likely to be in the early stages of their career and will be working to broaden and deepen their experience of social performance consultancy including building a specific area of expertise. An integral part of the team and entrusted with responsibility early on, our interns are enthusiastic, reliable, and enjoy working in a team. They have a strong interest in our work, approach and values, a high level of English, have strong written and communication skills, are highly computer literate, and have strong organisational skills and good research background.

Synergy has offices in Oxford, Paris, Johannesburg and Cape Town and internships are offered in all these locations.

Why should I do an Internship?

• To gain practical professional experience and build my CV
• To verify that a career of interest is “for me” and gain “insider” knowledge
• To begin building my network of professional contacts

How long do our Internships last?

Synergy’s internships programs offer flexible engagement ranging from three months to one-year. In addition, both part time (from a few hours per week) to full time internships are available.

In the UK, Synergy regularly offers internship opportunities through the Oxford University Careers Service Internship Office (www.careers.ox.ac.uk), including micro-internships (for one week) and Summer Internships (up to three months)

What experience will I gain from doing an internship?

The Internship Programme is designed to develop young talent, striving for personal and professional development. The Synergy Internship Programme offers interns real opportunities to gain high quality work experience, undertaking meaningful projects or tasks that will benefit both Synergy and the intern. The programme is designed to tap into student’s knowledge and fresh ideas, and for interns to gain an interesting and useful introduction to the workplace which will help their future employment prospects. Internships will be tailored to fit individual intern learning outcomes as well as Synergy’s dynamic work environment.

Synergy prides itself on being a learning organisation and our supportive team dynamic will ensure that interns will enhance their learning and achieve their desired outcomes. Interns will attain knowledge of Synergy as a global business and you will learn how to deliver on high business demands, enduring proactive and result driven outcomes within a diverse workforce and high-performance culture.

Synergy will more specifically improve your:

• Technical expertise including data analysis, research and report writing skills, presentation development and in-depth expertise in a specific areas
• Teamwork dynamics and skills;
• Office and administration skills including internal business systems, budgets, participation in meetings, stakeholder engagement;
• Prioritisation and project feedback and involvement;
• Facilitation and presentation skills;
• Communication skills and general office etiquette; and
• Setting of development objectives and targets and ways of monitoring and evaluating progress.

All interns are paired with a mentor who will be responsible for their professional and personal well-being in the company, including setting of development objectives and targets, and evaluation of progress. The programme will be guided by the Synergy Internship Workplan and Career Development Plan, progress reports, and exit interviews.

All interns that successfully complete the programme will be issued with a Synergy Internship Certificate.

Synergy will offer you the following opportunities:

• To gain workplace experience in an international social performance consultancy;
• To develop business and leadership skills; and
• Development offering that could assist with career development and career paths.

Can I have a paid internship?

Yes, at Synergy we offer internships rates guided by living wage dependent of country of origin.

What is the criteria?

• Proficient in English speaking and writing – additional languages an advantage
• Excellent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
• Historically Disadvantaged South African (in the case of South Africa)
• Citizen, permanent residency or valid visa for United Kingdom and France

How do I apply?

We invite university students and graduates in any field related to the work of Synergy, including Social and Human Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Economics and Communications. Apply if you are inspired by the work of Synergy, have a strong work ethic, are willing to learn and be exposed to a dynamics team of professionals that will challenge you.

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