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.

Other News

  • 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.

  • Germany Interns: Meet and Greet
    07 October 2014

    Emily Cook (at Euro London Appointments) and myself, (at Brunswick Group) are two interns currently taking part in the Adopt an Intern Germany-Scotland Exchange.

  • Adopt an Intern at the National Business Convention 2014
    02 October 2014

    Carly MacKay, an adopted intern at Transport for Tongue was one of 5 lucky graduates who joined Adopt an Intern at this year's National Business Convention 2014. Read some of her highlights of the day. 

  • September: A New Season
    22 September 2014

    It's all new here at Adopt an Intern with our brand new website and lots of new internship opportunities cropping up. But September always feels like a bit of a new season anyway...

    What little sunshine and good weather we get over summer in the UK seems to be drawing...


Current opportunities

  • Research Intern with the Cattanach Trust
    24 October 2014

    The Cattanach Trust funds charities across Scotland for projects which support children from pre-birth to three years old, who are affected by levels of relative deprivation.

    Location: Edinburgh, home based

    £7.65 per hour, 3 days per week for 12 weeks.
Immediate start.

  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environmental Advisor with AEL Distributors
    24 October 2014

    AEL Ltd are leading electrical distributors in Aberdeen, supplying hazardous area electrical equipment and wholesale electrical supplies to Industrial, Marine, Offshore, Panel Builders, Distilleries and Petrochemical Industries in Aberdeen, the UK and worldwide
    Location: Aberdeen
    £16,000 p/a. Full-time for initial 6 months, with the possibility of a permanent role
    Immediate start

  • Policy, Communications and Database Intern with GALVmed
    24 October 2014

    Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) is a non-profit organisation that works with key partners to make a sustainable difference in access to animal health products for livestock keepers in Africa and South Asia. 

    Location: Pentlands Science Park, Edinburgh

    £8 per hour. Part-time for 12-16 weeks (not including 2 unpaid weeks off from 22nd Dec to 2nd Jan)
Starting November

  • Marketing and Media Intern with Canary Dwarf
    23 October 2014

    Do you want to work in an exciting modern industry with opportunities to learn new skills? Canary Dwarf are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter to get involved with our media and marketing projects. 

    Location: Moray

    £7.65 per hour. Part-time, 20 hours per week (this will be reviewed with the successful candidate) for an initial 12 weeks.
    Immediate start.


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