Sgoil Cheumnaichean Saidheans Sòisealta na h-Alba

Scottish Government Internship Scheme

Projects starting Spring 2020 onwards

Application Deadline:  Monday 24 February 2020 at 5pm

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. 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.

The internships

There are 37 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).

See the table below for project titles and numbers (which you’ll need to include in your application). Full details of all of the internships can be found on this internship brief document.

No.

Host Area

Project Title

Project Contact

 

Any

Analyst Pool

Rik Kay

1

C&F

Analysis of sources collecting data on child sexual exploitation

Catriona Rooke

2

Ch&F

Child Mental Health and Wellbeing – Realigning Children’s Services

Anniek Sluiman

3

Ch&F

Evaluation of Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative

Franca MacLeod

4

Communities

Scottish Household Survey: using data visualisation to develop data dissemination

Emma McCallum

5

Constitution &ExA

Constitution and Inter-Governmental Relations

Donna Easterlow

6

Constitution & ExA

Elections and Freedom of Information

Gillian Cruickshank

7

Constitution & ExA

International

Eva Kleinart

8

Constitution & ExA

International Data

Eva Kleinart

9

Constitution & ExA

International Futures Internship

Louise Halpin

10

Constitution & ExA

Making Sense of Brexit

Simon Wakefield

11

Constitution & ExA

Population and Migration

Sophie Ellison

12

Constitution & ExA

Promotion of Franco-Scottish relations (with time spent in Paris)

Lucy Sterne

13

Digital

Developing a transformation programme for Data Standards

Shona Nicol

14

Environ

Biodiversity Duty Reporting – analysis

Gita Anand

15

Health

Contributing to a minimum data set of outcomes for adult support and protection – feasibility study

Christine McGregor

16

Health

Diet and Healthy Weight

Eilidh Shearer

17

Health

Mental Health Policy Mapping

Niall Kearney / Carol Brown

18

Health

Promoting pharmacy services in the community: monitoring the extended Pharmacy First service

Fiona MacDonald/ Emma Milburn

19

Health

Scotland’s Cancer Strategy: exploring its development process with key stakeholders

Debbie Sagar

20

Health

Stigma in perinatal mental health

Rebecca Macpherson/ Carol Brown

21

Health

Understanding Younger People with Drug Problems  – Literature review

Maggie Page

22

Justice

Fire and Rescue Policy in Scotland

Eilidh Currie

23

Justice

Guidance to Strengthening Fire Safety in High Rise Domestic Buildings in Scotland

Connie Smith

24

Justice

Veterans: Improving the Evidence Base

Hannah Davidson

25

Learning

Bringing together evidence on implementation of the national Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy

Wojciech Hupert

26

Local Govt

How do we build capacity for Collective Leadership across public service?

Keira Oliver

27

Local Govt

Public Service Reform and the Third Sector Research

Liz Ravalde

28

Marine

Review of Barriers to Entry, Retention, and Progression of Women in Scottish Aquaculture

Peter Greene

29

OCEA

Employability: outcomes achieved by support participants

Neil Davidson

30

OCEA

Enterprise & Skills Analytical Unit – Understanding the drivers of productivity and inclusive economic growth in Scotland

Suzanne Motherwell

31

OCR

Deliberative Democracy in action: Researching Scotland’s first national Citizens’ Assembly

Evelyn Bowes

32

OCSPA

Social capital and societal wellbeing

Ben Cavanagh

33

PSO

Strategic Insights Unit

Aileen McIntosh

34

Rural

Equalities and Rural/Island Data

Brendan Nisbet

35

Tourism

UEFA Euro 2020 Legislation

Lucy Carmichael/ Derek Bearhop

36

RESAS

Developing a tool to analyse the Scottish Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Agriculture

Richard Haw

37

Constitution & ExA

Implementation of Scotland’s Arctic Policy Framework

Francesco Bertoldi