a graduate?

Graduates - why get involved?

 Increase your skills

 Enhance your CV

 Earn real wages

 Experience an industry first-hand

With a paid internship through Adopt an Intern you’ll get real responsibility, real work and real opportunities. You’ll also get a manageable project to complete during your time as an intern. It’s a perfect addition to your CV that will help you stand out when applying for graduate-level jobs.

Our internships are a great way to get a glimpse into a particular business, industry or occupation before committing to a full-time job. You'll also get exposure to key business connections, an important networking tool for your future.

Already got the experience? We offer permanent graduate jobs too!


an employer?

Employers - why adopt an intern?

 Skilled help for urgent projects

 Simple, flexible, paperless service

 Low-cost advertising, shortlisting and phone screening

 Fast access to talented graduates all year round

Adopt an Intern is graduate recruitment with a difference. As a not-for-profit organisation, we’re keen to help your organisation while bringing opportunities to struggling but highly-skilled graduates. We're personal, friendly and committed to widening your talent pool and connecting you with the best person for your business.

We'll make your recruiting life easier by doing all of the advertising and shortlisting, saving you both time and money, whilst ensuring that the only applications you receive are from the top candidates for the role.

Simple. Personal. Affordable.

Latest News

  • 5 Year Celebration and Inaugural Awards
    23 January 2015

    Adopt an Intern predicts a record year for internships in Scotland. 

  • Could you be part of shaping new services relating to mental wellbeing and employment?
    19 December 2014

    Our friends over at Snook are working on a brand new research project focusing on the relationship between mental wellbeing and employment. 

  • Museums Galleries Scotland Traineeship Programme Now Closed for applications
    31 October 2014

    Adopt an Intern is pleased to announce that we have a large volume of applications to sift through for the Museums Galleries Scotland Traineeship Programme!  The deadline for applications is now passed, and therefore we will not accept new applications.

  • Adopt an Intern partners with Museums Galleries Scotland for a second year
    10 October 2014

    Adopt an Intern is excited to announce its partnership with Museums Galleries Scotland once again in 2014 to recruit 20 individuals into the MGS Heritage Horizons Traineeship Programme, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund. 

  • Being an Intern in the Creative Industries Event
    09 October 2014

    On Wednesday 1 October we hosted our first 'Being an Intern in the Creative Industries' workshop, a networking event in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art.

  • Adopt an Intern at the Association of Scottish Businesswomen Business Awards 2014
    08 October 2014

    On Friday night our CEO Joy Lewis found herself in the company of many of Scotland's top businesswomen at the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB) Business Awards 2014.


Current opportunities

  • Woodland Surveyor Intern with Coille Alba
    28 January 2015

    Coille Alba is a small environmental charity, based in the north of Scotland, whose mission is to support the sustainable management of native woodlands for the benefit of woodland owners, local communities and the wider public.

    Location: Strathspey
    £7.85 per hour. Part-time, 24-30 hours per week for 8 -10 weeks
    Start date: 2nd or 9th March 2015

  • Marketing and Administrative Assistant Intern with Fashion School Ltd
    28 January 2015

    Fashion School Ltd runs training courses for both adults and young people which cover design, pattern cutting, working with fabrics, tailoring and more. Courses will be run by Jacqui Burke, international fashion designer who has shown in all the main fashion centres around the world  and designed for many high profile customers.

    Location: Dunbar
£7.85 per hour. Part-time, 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
    Immediate start

  • Research Assistant Intern with Perth & Kinross Council (Housing & Community Care Department)
    28 January 2015

    Perth & Kinross Council are the area's largest employer, providing essential services to over 140,000 local residents.

    Location: Perth
    £7.85 per hour, 35 hours per week for 12 months
    Immediate start date

  • Digital Content and Events Intern with Desk Union
    27 January 2015

    Desk Union operates customer-centric work hubs on behalf of corporate clients. They bring expertise in the setup, technology, operations and management of shared space and coworking space.

    Location: Edinburgh

    £7.85 per hour. Part-time, 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
    1 April 2015 start date


Adopt an Intern is a not-for-profit spin-out of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP). Learn more about the CSPP here.