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

  • Adopt an Intern partners with the Scottish Business Awards
    24 July 2015

    We’re proud to announce a brand new partnership with the Scottish Business Awards inaugural daytime networking event the ‘Festival of Entrepreneurship'.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Current opportunities

  • Parliamentary Reporter with Newsdirect
    29 July 2015

    Newsdirect are based in offices on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and in Cardiff Bay, close to the devolved assemblies that they report on. 

    Location: Edinburgh
    £7.85 per hour
    Full-time: 08.00-16.30 Monday- Friday
    September–December 2015

  • Revenue Junior Analyst with Abellio (x2 roles)
    28 July 2015

    Location: Glasgow, with flexibility to travel to other locations in the UK
    £20,000-22,000 p.a. pro rata

    Full-time, 40 hours per week for 6 months, with potential for permanent role for the right candidate. Access to various employee benefits, including pension scheme
    Ideal start: ASAP


  • Membership and Events Assistant with the Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL)
    28 July 2015

    The Scottish Association of Landlords (SAL) is looking for a keen graduate to join their Membership and Events team.

    Location: Edinburgh
    £16,500 p/a
    Full-time (35 hours per week). Permanent role
    Ideal start: ASAP

  • Food & Specifications Technologist at Campbells Prime Meat Ltd
    27 July 2015

    Campbells Prime Meat Ltd is Scotland’s leading fish, meat and delicatessen supplier to hotels and restaurants.

    Location: Linlithgow
    £20-25,000 per annum
    Permanent roleFull-time (Monday-Friday 8.30-4.30, with some Saturdays mornings)
    Immediate 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.