Scottish Parliamentary internships for young disabled graduates

Published: January 30, 2014

Are you a disabled person aged under 30 and qualified to HND level or above? Are you passionate about politics and current affairs? Are you well organised and able to prioritise your work to meet strict deadlines? Do you have experience of carrying out research, writing for different purposes and making presentation?

If so, you might like to know that Inclusion Scotland has just received funding to deliver a very exciting pilot project, placing 7 interns in the Scottish Parliament over the next year. Internships are acknowledged as an important route into the world of politics and this will be a fantastic opportunity to experience it first hand, and to gain general skills and experience that should help with future employment.

Interns will work in the office of a host MSP, carrying out a range of administrative tasks, drafting briefings and so on. They will also get experience different areas of parliamentary business and will carry out a project to be agreed with the MSP.

They are now looking to recruit the first intern, to start as soon as possible. If you would like to apply, please e-mail: or phone: 0141 559 5013.

Deadline for receiving completed applications: 10.00am Monday 17 February

Payment:               UK Living Wage of £7.65 per hour

Accountable to:     Host MSP (employer) or, in their absence, a member of their office team

Contract:               35 hours per week for 13 weeks (3 months) or part-time over a longer period

Location:               Based at Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh 

This is part of a wider Scottish Government programme aiming to provide internships to disabled people and those from ethnic minority groups from across Scotland.  The support will be provided to host organisations and interns by BEMIS (Black and Minority Infrastructure Scotland and CEMVO (Convention of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations) and by SDEF (Scottish Disability Equality Forum) and Inclusion Scotland.

The internships will be targeted at unemployed graduates aged 18 – 30 from Further and Higher Education who are less than one year unemployed (ie not on the Work Programme) or who have completed the Work Programme and not moved into employment. The internships would be available across all 32 Local Authority areas and across a range of sectors including social care, conservation and community recycling.

To find out more read the press release here on the Scottish Government website:

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