This article provides an overview of the nature and quality of research supervision and mentorship practices
employed by supervisors and mentors of interns in a South African research council in an attempt to
increase the pool and change the face of researchers in the country. Through a series of studies conducted
by the research council, the success of this intervention is investigated. The article provides insight into
the difficulties of attaining the goal of increasing researchers from this group through internships. The
practices viewed as being generally successful in supervision and mentorship of master’s and doctoral
research interns inside and outside SA, are highlighted. From this analysis, models of effective supervision
and mentorship of research interns are identified.