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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.

Internships Open Call

Competition runs twice a year in January and June. Intern with the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and more.

Student-led Internships

Opportunities for students to design their own internships with a partner of their choice. Allows students who already have a potential host to align with us to secure funding and support with the set-up.

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​