Tailoring the Future: The stepping stones to creating your Tailored Internship Programme | SIOPSA

Tailoring the Future: The stepping stones to creating your Tailored Internship Programme

SIOPSA celebrates the Youth in South Africa this month.

Inviting all prospective student psychologists and emerging IOPs to this introductory session on how to tailor your internship



19 JUNE 2021, 10:00-11:30

This is a complimentary online event for students during June as part of our Society’s commitment towards the upcoming IOP students.  During June we also acknowledge the importance of the youth in the future of our country.

Register to receive your Zoom link here: https://forms.gle/mRwbVrkGBHLC9QLdA

16 June 2021 is National Youth Day in South Africa.

More about the panel members who will facilitate the event:

Dr Marissa Brouwers is the 2020/2021 SIOPSA Past-President (2019/2020 SIOPSA President) and Senior Lecturer of Work and Organisational Psychology at the North-West University in South Africa (PC). She was also the former programme leader for Research at the School for Industrial Psychology and Human Resource Management. Academically she has completed a Doctorate degree in the field of Industrial Psychology, specialising in the work-family interface. Marissa also holds a Master of Arts, an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology, an BPsyc degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, which were obtained from the North-West University (all cum laude) at the top of her class. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a psychologist (category: Industrial). Marissa is also registered as a member with the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA) and registered as a Charted HR professional – Generalist with the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP). She has been part of the SIOPSA North-West Regional Branch Committee for 5 years and served as Branch Chair for 3 years. Marissa has extensive experience within the tertiary education environment (as lecturer, researcher and community work). She has published articles (on topics such as work-family interface, conflict management and organisational culture) in various scientific journals and presented at various national and international accredited conferences. Marissa’s research interests lie within the work-family interface, flourishing, organisational well-being, toxic leadership and toxic work environments. She also has experience within private and public sectors as consultant. Marissa has a great passion for the profession and also specifically for developing students and emerging I/O Psychologists.

Kim-Lee Ricketts is an ambitious, professional and dynamic are just some of the many adjectives that have followed the reputation of Industrial Psychologist and Public Speaker, Kim-Lee Ricketts. Having attended both the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town, she obtained her Master’s Degree in her respective field of industrial psychology and has paved her professional path through corporate heavy-weights namely KPMG, Deloitte, Department of Agriculture and recently Old Mutual.

Growing up on the Cape Flats, Kim-Lee was exposed to many social ills such as substance abuse, gangsterism and poverty where she witnessed the youth in her community fall prey to these elements. It was her will and perseverance that propelled her desire to not become a statistic, but to instead, rise above and become a strong, educated and talented woman of colour who challenges and changes narratives. Kim-Lee’s passion for people development saw her register her non-profit organization called KHANYISA WORX (Khanyisa meaning “light” in Xhosa) with a focus on developing and upskilling youth and women.

Romisha Singh is a registered Industrial Psychologist, co-creator of YR Industrial Psychologists, recent survivor of the IP tailored internship format and student at heart. Even though my interests and curiosity span many spectrums, I have special interests in helping shape the thinking minds of the future and in developing awareness to occupational mental health and wellbeing.



Yolande Holloway is the co-creator of YR Industrial Psychologists.  Having taken the tailored internship route to becoming a registered industrial psychologist, I know the struggle in setting up and navigating the process. I have special interests in coaching the next generation of IP professionals, in the role of the IP in counselling and deciphering optimal professional functioning from a wellness and wellbeing perspective.




Shiwe Thekiso is a manager at and partner at Thekiso Psychological Services from 2002, which later became Cerebro Optimus Inc.  and currently busy with internship in Industrial Psychology with People and Culture – NWU (Wellness), from 2020.  Graduated master’s degree in Industrial Psychology.  Worked for FNB (Potchefstroom Branch) from 1999-2001 as a Bank Teller then promoted after a year to a Liaison officer. A partner and manager at Cerebro Optimus Inc, focusing more on operations management. To finally be a practising Industrial Psychologist will be one of my greatest achievements, and the road leading there has been bringing me nothing but inner joy!