Internships are temporary employment opportunities that are designed to allow the intern to develop skills for their career progression. If you want to build your career and gain valuable work experience then an internship could be for you. You might be hoping to add to things you learned in previous employment or during your education, or you might be looking for a change of direction entirely. Being given responsibility for a specific project will help build your confidence and put you in lots of situations that you can refer to in future interviews. Our internships are always paid, and we support Deaf and disabled people throughout the process from applying to in work support.
Support is flexible and person centred. Previous interns have told us that feeling able to freely discuss their impairments in a work setting was a relief. These internships are exclusively open to Deaf and disabled people. We work with employers to make these internships available and as accessible as possible. Inclusion Scotland can help you make the most of your application and interview. If you get the internship we will encourage and support interns to identify and try out adjustments in the workplace. It may be fairly straightforward things that an employer can do. It could also involve Access to Work applications to pay for equipment, software or support workers that can help you in work. Interns should expect to meet with Inclusion Scotland at the beginning and end of their placement, with contact throughout as needed by the individual. You will also have the chance to meet other interns.
Our internships are open to Deaf and disabled people. Previous interns have had a variety of visible and hidden impairments, some personally defined themselves as disabled and some didn’t. If you have come up against barriers in work or education then you could benefit from this experience. You must also meet the following criteria
Please note you can only apply for internships when they are advertised, and they will be open for applications in the same way as regular employment. We cannot create internships for specific disabled people.
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This guidebook covers the important things you need to know when applying for work and going for interviews. Unlike a lot of employment advice available, it specifically addresses the need for adjustments and support. We hope you find it useful and welcome any feedback.
If you need support during the application process as a reasonable adjustment please get in touch. This may be help with filling out the application form if you face barriers to using a computer, proof reading if you are dyslexic, support from a BSL interpreter if you are Deaf. Please get in touch with us if you want to have a chat about this.
You can download all the forms and guidance you need on the job adverts. It is really important that you cover all of the points listed in the “person specification” section, and show us how this opportunity would make a difference to you. Employers use this to score applications, so if you miss points you will lose points in the scoring.
You can contact us by phone, using the Contact Scotland BSL service, textphone, by Skype or by email. Our contact details are below. We can also post out information in written format if needed.
Phone, ContactScotland or Textphone: 0131 281 0867
Text, WhatsApp or Skype: 07741655550
Our address is:
23 Lauriston Street
Please note we do not see people for drop in appointments. Please only use this address for written communication or pre-arranged meetings