This is an opportunity for a Deaf or disabled person to work in the Committee Office at Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Role: Communications Development internship
Payment: £9.00 per hour
Accountable to: Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB)
Contract: 455 hours in total, either equivalent of 13 weeks full time or 6 months part time
Location: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Closing Date: 10.00 a.m. Monday 12th August 2019
Interview dates: Thursday 22 August or Friday 23 August 2019
For more information on the internship programme (including British Sign Language translation) please click here
The Scottish Parliament exists to define, debate, decide and legislate on issues of importance to the people of Scotland. It holds the Scottish Government to account and is answerable to the people of Scotland. The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) provides the staff, accommodation and services needed by the Parliament to carry out its work.
The purpose of the internship would be to gain an insight into the work of committees in the Scottish Parliament and to assist the Committee Office with its internal communications.
The intern would primarily work with the Committee Office manager to produce a communications plan for the office. They would work with colleagues in Committee Office and with other teams/office across the Parliament, for example Communications Manager in the Chief Executive’s Office, Web and Social Media Team and Media Relations Office. This internship would develop and build skills in communication establishing effective working relationships, using own initiative, working to deadlines and prioritising work.
Main duties and tasks
There are a number of different methods of communication used across committee office, from face to face contact to head of office emails. This internship will involve looking at these various methods of communication with a view to improving how we communicate. A committee office newsletter has been proposed on several occasions and, as part of the overall comms plan, the intern would be tasked to produce this. They would be asked to look at the information currently circulated, develop and produce a newsletter (considering what information should be contained in it) and then seek feedback to see how this could be improved (if any improvement was required).
- Able to write a clear report in plain English
- Ability to collate and analyse a range of information and draw together conclusions and recommendations in a clear and accessible way to share.
- Able to plan and manage your own work, with appropriate support, to deliver a project to agreed timescales
- Good IT Skills, for example, an ability to use word, outlook, basic excel and PowerPoint. An ability to carry out basic research including interviews and searching for relevant information on the internet.
- Good communication skills
- Have a clear need for the opportunity, and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals. (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long term health conditions. (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
To apply for one of the WeCanWork Internships you must define as disabled as under the Equality Act 2010 which defines disability as: someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
This may include:
- A physical impairment
- A sensory impairment
- A mental health condition
- A learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
- Learning disability
- Any other disability or impairment
- Diagnosed as HIV positive, or with cancer, multiple sclerosis or other long term chronic condition
You must also be unemployed, under-employed (meaning that your current employment does not match your skills or required working pattern) and demonstrate a genuine need for the internship opportunity. For more details please see the application pack.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity with the employer prior to submitting your application, please contact: Vikki Little by telephone on 0131 348 5202 or by email at Vikki.firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed applications to be forwarded by 10.00 a.m. Monday 12th August 2019 to:
By email: email@example.com
22-24 Earl Grey Street,
Telephone: 0131 370 6708
Please download and save the following documents:
Job Description: Communications Development internship
Candidate Privacy Notice: 2.5 Internship Candidate privacy notice
Equalities Monitoring Form: 2.4 Equalities-Monitoring-Form-2018
Internship Application guidebook: Accessing-Work-Guidebook-PDF