Business and Economics Policy Research Internship with Business for Scotland

Location: Glasgow
£16,500-£18,000 p/a dependent on experience, reviewed at six months.
Full-time one year post with potential for extension
Immediate Start
Closing date: 9 October 2018, noon.

About the company

Business for Scotland campaigns for the business and economic policies that allow their members’ businesses to thrive and bring greater prosperity to Scotland. Business for Scotland publish articles that influence, providing expert opinion, evidence and advice to both the Scottish and UK Parliaments. As a pro-independence business network, they also organise networking events, conferences and dinners, and regularly produce impactful and unique research reports.

Here's what a couple of former interns have to say about working with Business for Scotland:

Working as a graduate intern at Business for Scotland was a unique opportunity for me to gain practical work experience within research. It gave me great insight into working within a leading business network and think tank, where I became involved in numerous interesting and challenging projects, such as writing research reports, preparing parliamentary evidence and producing infographics for the Scotland the Brief project.

I would highly recommend anyone interested in politics, policy and economics to apply for a position at Business for Scotland.
(Tonie - Internship between Aug 2016 - Aug 2017 - Employee till April 2018)

My internship with Business for Scotland provided me with valuable on the job learning across all areas of the business. My judgement was trusted and valued which helped to grow my professional confidence and capabilities. There was also plenty of opportunity to build on my own network, and connections made from my internship are still used by me today and have been integral in my career next steps.

I enjoyed the level of autonomy offered through the role, for me to develop and trust my own professional decisions whilst having the mentorship from someone who knows and deeply understands the Scottish political landscape.
(Rhona - Internship between May 2015 - May 2016 - Employee till August 2017)


The Role

Business for Scotland runs a highly successful graduate internship which has helped launch the careers of five past interns and they currently employ two graduate interns. They offer important and interesting projects to work on, a flexible, friendly, creative and positive working environment with real responsibility from day one. All past interns have been offered, and have accepted, full-time employment at the end of their internships and all have had successful salary reviews after 6 months.

The job is located in Glasgow and candidates must apply from an address within the Glasgow City Council area.

In this post, you will report to the Chief Executive, and your key responsibilities will be to:

• Research, analyse and present information for use in reports or infographics.
• Research and develop credible and influential economic and policy ideas and convey these into credible and well-written reports and articles for BfS’s digital media.
• Drive forward and lead projects from start to finish (research, analyse ideas, develop ideas, draw conclusions and present).
• Be involved in project administration, invoicing, event management and stakeholder communication for the projects they work on.
• Keep up to date with the economic and business news and use social media to communicate findings and articles.
• Monitor national and regional press for relevant information, commentary opportunities and research for reports.



The ideal candidate will be a graduate, preferably in economics, business, politics, journalism or a numerical discipline.

You will be able to

• Commitment to, and interest in, driving high-quality research.
• A good grasp of politics and society.
• Ability to critically analyse information.
• Excellent organisational and project management skills.
• Ability to use own initiative.
• Strong research and report writing skills.
• Strong numerical ability - a background in economics, finance/accounting would be advantageous but is not a requirement.
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and just to get on with it.

The following experiences would be beneficial:

• Some experience conducting primary research, including developing data collection, instrument (questionnaire) and preparing and analysing quantitative data.
• Experience of producing research outputs such as articles, blogs and reports.
• Experience of research and data analysis of economic and policy issues.
• Some experience of policy and economic development.
• Political/charitable volunteering experience would be advantageous.



Closing date for applications is Tuesday 9 October, 12 noon.

Please note the following criteria, which is non-negotiable. Please get in touch with if you have questions regarding this.

This role is part-funded through the Glasgow Graduate Guarantee Scheme and so applicants will have to apply from an address in the Glasgow City Council area, have graduated with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the last year, and have been underemployed or unemployed for the last 13 weeks.

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.
Successful candidates must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.