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INTERNSHIPS - Information for students

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science internship scheme is open to PhD students at Scotland’s universities in their second and third years of study.

Our internships present opportunities to work outside the topic area of a student’s PhD to develop a range of transferable skills, enhance employability and provide the experience of working within a public, private or third sector organisation. You will be based within the host organisation for up to three months to deliver a specific project or piece of research, enabling you to make a difference outside the academy whilst developing your research skills, networks and CV to take you to the next stage of your career.

Internships are full time paid positions (commensurate with Research Council doctoral stipend levels). You will pause your PhD work for the duration of the internship and will receive an extension at the end of your research period.

Public sector internships

Our public sector internships competition runs twice a year in Summer and Winter. This highly successful programme is one of the foundation stones of the SGSSS and has seen more than 250 PhD students placed since 2013. We also work with Skills Development Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, and SPICe at the Scottish Parliament.

  • You must be a PhD student registered at a Scottish university in any social science discipline.
  • You must be in 2nd or 3rd year, and with more than 6 months left of your PhD at the date of the start of the internship.
  • You must be eligible to work in the UK on a full time basis (those on Tier 4 Visas are currently not eligible to apply).

Innovation internships offer students the opportunity to design their own bespoke internship with a private sector business (open to all including recently completed and Tier 4 Visa holders). Click here for more information.

PhD students interested in keeping up to date about future internship opportunities can sign up here to receive information about opportunities as soon as they come available, as well as news and updates about the scheme.

Time frame

Summer Call 2019

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Internships advertised

11 June 2019
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Deadline for applications

29 July 2019
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Recruitment and selection

August 2019
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Internships start

September 2019 onwards

Winter Call

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Internships advertised

25 November 2019
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Deadline for applications

17 January 2020
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Recruitment and selection

January/February 2020
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Internships start

March 2020 onwards

The internship has changed my perspective on future career plans. I now understand that there are other environments where you can utilise your research skills outside academia. I’ve really enjoyed working in government and would now definitely consider this as a good option for a future career.​

– PhD Intern with Scottish Government​