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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!

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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

  • Brand New Project with Scottish Council on Archives
    15 June 2015

    Adopt an Intern are delighted to announce a brand new project in partnership with the Scottish Council on Archives. As part of the Opening Up Scotland's Archives project, this will provide the opportunity for 6 trainees from a range of backgrounds to spend a year working on real-life projects whilst learning...

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  • The #AdoptAnInternAwards and 5th Birthday
    04 May 2015

    Adopt an Intern announces the award winners at its inaugural awards night held at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, 30 April 2015.

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  • Adopt an Intern Awards - Celebrating Our Talented Graduates
    27 April 2015

    Adopt an Intern looks forward to welcoming over 300 guests at its Inaugural Awards reception to be held at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, 30 April 2015.

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  • Which of Scotland's big employers do graduates most want to work for?
    21 April 2015

    We all have aspirations of what we want to do in our early years - mainly because every parent, relative and family friend asks it of us. As we grow older career guidance can instigate a course of action and this may involve further education.

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  • Nominations Now Closed for April's Adopt an Intern Awards
    01 April 2015

    Adopt an Intern is finalising the shortlists for its inaugural awards evening at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 30 April 2015.

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  • A Day in the Life of a Graduate at the SCDI Forum
    31 March 2015

    In March 2015, Adopt an Intern attended the SCDI Forum with 18 keen graduates. Kat and Ben share their story about a day at the SCDI Forum.

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Current opportunities

  • Project Coordinator Intern with Dawnfresh
    03 July 2015

    Dawnfresh are a vertically integrated aquaculture and fish processing business, supplying leading UK retailers and specialist independents, in branded and private label categories. Export markets include USA, Europe, Middle East and Far East, delivering quality products from high end to value.

    Location: Uddingston
    £18,000 per annum pro-rata
    Full-time (8.30-17.00, Monday to Friday) until April 2016 with a strong potential for a permanent role
    Immediate start

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  • Policy Intern with SCDI
    03 July 2015

    The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with their ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland.

    Location: Glasgow
    £7.85 per hour
    3 days per week for 3 months
    Immediate start

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  • Development Coordinator / Project Assistant with Nairn Economic Initiative
    02 July 2015

    The Nairn Economic Initiative has been established to enable Nairn’s business communities to lead and become involved in local economic development matters of common interest. 

    Location: Nairn, in the Highlands
    £8 per hour, 25 hours per week for 12 months
    (Please note – additional hours may be available through consultancy work to make up to full-time hours)
    Ideal start: August 2015

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  • Projects Organiser Intern with Young Company Finance (YCF)
    02 July 2015

    YCF Scotland produces a monthly journal reporting details of investments in early stage companies in Scotland, and other publications including a Guide to Finance for Young Companies.

    Location: Home-based with regular meetings in Edinburgh
    £10 per hour
    20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks
    Immediate start

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