Scottish Government Internship Scheme
Projects starting Autumn 2022
Application Deadline Extended: Friday 26 August at 12pm
In July 2022 we will be launching the call for our Autumn Term internships. Subscribe to our Weekly Digest or follow us on Twitter to be notified when the call is launched.
The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland and has a range of responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.
Government social science research aims to provide high quality evidence and advice for Ministers and Scottish Government officials to inform policy development, implementation and evaluation. Analysts in government help generate new ideas and open debate, challenge assumptions, beliefs and attitudes, test policy ideas and develop a deeper understanding of issues as they affect Scotland.
The core functions of researchers in government include:
- the interpretation of evidence and the provision of research based advice
- engaging with the academic and wider research community to bring expert knowledge into the policy making process
- commissioning external research projects
- undertaking research such as reviews of the existing evidence base
- disseminating research findings and encouraging their wider use
There are internships available with social research, economist, statistician or mixed teams, which all tend to work alongside each other in ‘Analytical Services Divisions’ in the Scottish Government.
The Office of the Chief Researcher (OCR) in the Scottish Government is responsible for central co-ordination of this internship scheme.
There are a number of advertised internship projects available, in addition to the ‘pool’ (applicants to the pool are considered for unfilled advertised projects or others which may later arise in any area of the Scottish Government).
It is anticipated that the majority of placements will commence in October/November 2022 and finish in January 2023. Each internship will have a tailored timeline which will be discussed with the host during the application process.
When live, you can browse the projects below, clicking through for full details of each one. Please pay attention to the reference numbers which you will require when making your application. You can also download a PDF of all of the placements and their details.
SGSSS will host a Q&A session on Tuesday 19 July, 1pm- 2pm. Registration link to be provided shortly.