An internship is an opportunity for you to work with an employer for a fixed term (with Adopt an Intern internships this usually last between 2 and 12 months) on a specific project. Internships offer you practical experience of the industry, which not only helps you determine if you have an interest in a particular career but also gives you crucial experience for your CV. ALL of our internships are paid.
Adopt an Intern was created to provide a pathway into graduate-level employment for underemployed and unemployed graduates. Therefore the majority of our internships are aimed at those who have not held a graduate-level position since graduation. We also welcome applications from those who are considering a career change or those finding it difficult getting a graduate-level position after a period of not working.
Due to funding restrictions, some internships are only open to graduates who have attended a Scottish school or university.
Do I have to have graduated in a particular year?
No! You could have graduated in 1979 and still apply.
I was a mature student, can I apply?
The majority of our internships do not have an age restriction. In fact, our interns have ranged from 21 to 54 years old!
You can apply for as many internships with Adopt an Intern as you are interested in. However, CVs and cover letters must be tailored to each internship as we won't accept generic applications that fail to address the requirements of the specific vacancy.
Once you have been successful in gaining an Adopt an Intern internship you can still apply but we recommend candidates complete a maximum of two internships. After this point we encourage you to put your experience into practice in a graduate-level job.
However we cannot provide repeat positions for either interns or employers on internships funded by Scottish Government. If you are wondering whether this will affect your application, please contact us to check.
We work with cross-sector organisations across multiple industries meaning we offer internships in almost anything! We've placed interns in big transport firms, whiskey distilleries, social enterprises and charities, startups, local councils, national government and more. Check out an Intern Story or two to see some great examples.
Yes! We wholeheartedly believe that every intern is entitled to get paid. We will never advertise any internship that is unpaid or only covers the cost of expenses/travel. In fact, all of our internships are paid at least minimum wage, with the majority earning living wage or above. An increasing number of our interns are earning up to and above £25k per annum.
Interns completing a funded internship through Adopt an Intern are paid the UK Living Wage. When the Living Wage increases Adopt an Intern will increase the rate for NEW posts. Interns already in place will be paid the rate on which they started. This is in line with the Living Wage Foundation guidance. For more information view the Living Wage website.
Very! 77% of our graduates go straight into permanent, graduate-level work within 3 months of completing their internship. Many others return to education or have continued interning. Only 3% are actively looking for work 6 months after finishing their internship.
Will my employer keep me on?
We do not require employers to keep their interns, however after having one of our incredible interns in place many of them find they simply can't live without them! Of our previous interns in grad-level jobs, over half are employed permanently by their Adopt an Intern employer.
Not anymore! We also offer graduate level jobs if you've already got the experience and are looking for something more permanent. All of our current opportunities will state in the advert whether they are for a fixed term or a permanent contract.
Please address your tailored cover letter to our Internship Manager, Tim Street at Adopt an Intern,℅ Digby Brown LLP, Causewayhouse, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR.
Oh and make sure it’s tailored to the specific role (we won’t accept generic cover letters that fail to address the requirements of the individual vacancy).
After the closing date our experienced HR team will sift through all the applications and draw up a shortlist of the top candidates. We’ll then pick up the phone and have a quick chat to make sure you’re still available and that the application matches its owner!
Shortlisted candidates are forwarded to the employer and recommended for interview. We email all unsuccessful candidates to let them know the outcome of their application, so you’ll hear back either way. All of this should happen within about 2 weeks of the closing date.
We know how frustrating it can be when you apply and never hear back. We’re committed to always informing every applicant, successful or not, on the outcome of their application as soon as possible. If you have been unsuccessful, we are happy to provide feedback where we can.
We also offer one-to-one Graduate Mentoring and small training workshops throughout the year designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to secure future internships and graduate jobs. See the Mentoring section of our website to find out more.
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