Our highly sought after Parliamentary Internships have returned! If you have an interest in research, politics and making a difference to people across Scotland then we may have the opportunity for you. Our internships offer disabled people a chance to see the inner workings of the Scottish Parliament, get a foot in the door with a political party or elected member, and take ownership of a piece of research they will write a report on. Topics on research will vary between roles, but each will be highly valuable to the work of the MSP. There will also be opportunities to network with the other interns in the Parliament and outwith, and access to training and all the usual Inclusion Scotland internship support. You can read about former interns’ time in Parliament by clicking here.
Inclusion Scotland believes that decisions affecting society are best made when our the people who make them reflect the population. It is estimated that one in five of the working age population is disabled, but this is not reflected in elected office. Internships are a great way of encouraging disabled people to get experience in Parliament and possibly pursue elected office in the future.
Vacancies will be advertised here and will be open for almost four weeks to give you time to apply, and also to get in touch if you would like any advice or adjustments before submitting the form. We will support Deaf candidates who wish to apply with the assistance of an interpreter. If you would like to apply in an alternative format, such as video please contact us on the details on the application form.
Please note you can apply for more than one internship, please note this in your email to us when you submit. Applications should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org
So what are you waiting for? Applications close on Monday 16th October 2017 at 10am
You might be wondering if you are what we are looking for. Our interns come from all walks of life, so do not worry!
The process is similar to a regular recruitment process for most jobs. We ask that you complete our application form and send it back to us by the closing date. If you would like any advice on completing the form then please get in touch and one of our team who is not involved in shortlisting and interviewing can assist you. We can also advise on adjustments that might be helpful to you for submitting the application.
Inclusion Scotland will do an initial shortlisting of applications and invite successful candidates to a first stage interview. This interview will be fairly informal and will give you an opportunity to ask us about the programme, and we can give you feedback on your interview technique so that when you interview with the MSP for the second stage you will be best prepared to impress them! The MSP will have the final decision on who is selected as the intern, but we will advise while they decide.