Opportunities you will not find anywhere else.

Getting off to a good start makes everything that follows so much easier, and getting your first job is no exception. You’ll want a job which is relevant to your interests and degree and this job should not only pay your rent but also have the potential to develop your skills and provide you with valuable experience.

We offer exclusive graduate opportunities to kick-start your career and/or support you out of unemployment and underemployment.  There are no age limits and our criteria is simple – we’re looking to help graduates build experience in their chosen field in real graduate-level positions.  Lots of graduates tell us that they have worked hard in supermarket chains, or in hospitality, to pay their way through university, but now need a more fulfilling and challenging role. Others are looking to secure their first paid employment. Whatever your background, we'd love to help you step up into the position you want.

Nitika Sharma, Marketing and Events Intern

Lewis McNeill, Architecture Intern

Daniella Dei, Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Olivia Pires, Scottish Government Intern

Joe Wyman, Social Media Intern

Nitika Sharma, Marketing and Events Intern at Mackay Hannah.

"It's my first time working in a practice so seeing how a practice is run has been very eye opening. It's been a really good and varied experience."

Lewis McNeill, Architecture Intern at Dress for the Weather. 

"My internship provided me with the perfect opportunity to expand my skill-set straight out of university. I worked on a diverse range of projects including the exciting Host City Volunteers Programme for the Commonwealth Games. I would definitely recommend Adopt an Intern to anyone looking to kick off their career in style."

Daniella Dei, Volunteer Placement Coordinator Intern at Glasgow Museums. 

"Adopt an Intern helped me find a dream placement in Government that enabled me to contribute my talents and develop new professional skills that will make me stand out in today’s competitive workforce."

Olivia Pires, Generalist Intern at The Scottish Government. 

Joe Wyman, Social Media Intern at the PR Machine. 

Natasha Charlton, PR and Communications Intern

Tom Forster, Logistics and Operations Intern

Serena Mariani, Marketing Intern

Daniel Jones, Commonwealth Games Legacy Intern

Laura Waddell, Literary Au Pair

"Every day as an intern is different and I feel that my input has really been valued. It was such a confidence boost to have an employer drawing on your skills and expertise without questioning your abilities… the positive feedback I have received throughout my internship has given me my drive and motivation back again.

Natasha Charlton, PR and Communications Intern at the Brunswick Group in Germany. 

"This job is exactly what I was looking for, but this experience in its entirety just goes beyond everything I could have possibly expected from an internship." 

Tom Forster, Logistics and Operations Intern at Rolls Royce. 

"Adopt an Intern is a great programme because it gives graduates like me a big boost in these hard times. Looking for a job was a nightmare and by interning, you can learn some basics skills and make connections with people in the sector that you would like to work. What I found most important about Adopt an intern is that by being paid as an intern, I was more motivated in working with the company, resolving issues for them, working on my own initiative and develop some of my ideas to them. I would definitely recommend it to all graduates."

Serena Mariani, Marketing Intern at CPP Seminars Scotland. 

"Working within the Commonwealth Games Division has given me a raft of new skills and helped me to build upon ones I had before. I know that, wherever my career path might take me after my internship is over, I will have a whole range of new skills and competencies to demonstrate to future employers.” 

Daniel Jones, Commonwealth Games Legacy Intern at The Scottish Government.

"Making space in industries which can be difficult for graduates to break into is really something Adopt An Intern do very well. The experience has been invaluable as well as leaving some room for me to develop my own initiatives in the workplace, and I feel very positive that my post-degree career has begun in such a fashion. I now have a much clearer idea of my strengths and how to move forward in my chosen field." 

Laura Waddell, Literary Au Pair for Sara Sheridan.

Applying for an opportunity through AAI is as easy as pie!

  • Go to our current opportunities page
  • Identify the role you’d like to apply for
  • Read through the role description carefully
  • Tailor your CV and Cover Letter accordingly
  • Hit the apply button
  • Fill out some basic information
  • Upload your CV and Cover Letter
  • Hit send and it’s done!

You will receive a confirmation email and be notified of the outcome of your application whether successful or not.

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Further guidance needed?
We do a weekly blog offering advice on interviews, CVs, Cover Letters and much more! If you’ve tried every avenue and are still struggling to find a job/internship,  you may qualify for a personal mentor.

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1. What is an internship?

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