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The SGSSS runs two main Internships Competitions each year. The next round of internships will be advertised in June/July 2021 to start in October 2021.  

Placements are regularly available with key partners including the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland
. Placements can be three months (full-time) or six months (part-time). Each placement is paid at UKRI doctoral stipend levels. 

Why complete an internship in 2021?

  • Completing a research project outside the academic environment gives a valuable insight to different kinds of research career and activity; 
  • Internships help to develop transferable skills and sector knowledge that will be crucial if you are considering non-academic careers; 
  • It provides an opportunity to step back from your PhD thesis and make a meaningful difference in a new context.  

Please keep an eye on our current opportunities page for full details as internships become available.

Former interns say… 

“I feel everyone should experience doing research beyond academia. For me this opportunity, although it was challenging at times and really fast-paced, opened a new career pathway that I never thought I would have been interested in before.”

“It was an incredible experience. Completing the internship developed my CV and professional capacities both for academia and for a life outside it. It gave me an alternative avenue for career development, making me a much better rounded individual.”