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 150 PhD students placed with our long term partner the Scottish Government since 2011. We also work with Skills Development Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS Health Scotland, and SPICe at the Scottish Parliament.
**NB** Please note that students with Tier 4 visas are not eligible to apply due to the full-time working requirement of the internships currently available.
We also offer bespoke opportunities throughout the year with a range of partners from the public, private and third sector. Click here for current opportunities.
Register your interest
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.
Winter Call 2018
Summer Call 2019
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