Development Management Intern with Children’s University Scotland

Children’s University (CU) is a critically acclaimed, extra-curricular learning programme which takes education outside the classroom by encouraging 5-14 year olds to try new experiences, develop new interests and acquire new skills.

Location: Edinburgh - some travel across Scotland
£7.85 per hour
Full-time for 12 months (subject to successful 2 month probation)
Ideal start: Mid-August

Children’s University Scotland is an independent charity established two years ago to manage the development and roll out of the programme in Scotland: their goal is to be operating in at least 80% of Scottish local authorities by 2020. Fully committed to improving educational outcomes and, longer term, the life chances of school pupils across Scotland, the first local Children’s Universities were launched in Glasgow (with the University of Strathclyde) and East & Mid Lothian (with Queen Margaret University) at the beginning of the 2013/14 academic year. The next phase of development will focus on Aberdeen (with the University of Aberdeen), Dundee (with the University of Dundee, Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College), West Dunbartonshire and Fife.

For more information visit the Children’s University website:'s-university-scotland/about-cu-scotland/

Working as a Development Management Intern, this internship will be flexible and adapted to play to the strengths and capabilities of the successful candidate. Their main tasks will be drawn from the list below and will be a balance of administrative, office-based tasks, as well as the development of specific over-arching projects.

• Development and organisation of office systems and procedures
• Creating and maintaining database of contacts
• Responding to day-to-day enquiries from parents, schools, learning destinations, local CU centres
• Administration of the E-passport system
• Developing and maintaining social media and web presence
• As a follow-up to the strategic buy-in from partner organisations, provide support for local CU centres in the early stages of their development: delivering presentations to teachers, parents, pupils, encouraging use of E-Passport amongst all CU members, supporting monitoring and evaluation processes
• Research, identify and validate public learning destinations, negotiating access to a wide variety of interactive and engaging learning opportunities
• Developing and implementing (either stand-alone or in partnership with key stakeholders) special projects – competitions, online resources, working with specific target groups such as looked-after children, CU Learning Festival, mobile learning destinations
• Raising the profile of CU Scotland through generating positive PR, case studies, media features
• Identifying and following up potential funding opportunities to ensure long-term sustainability



The ideal graduate can come from any degree discipline but must be highly-organised, able to work independently and manage a varied workload. You will need to be an excellent communicator, with good interpersonal skills and strong IT capability. A background/expertise in marketing, business administration or education would be a strong advantage. Candidates would be expected to share the principles and the ethos of the Charity and have an interest in working in the third sector.

The Chief Executive is currently the only employee of CU Scotland; working with partner organisations (universities, FE colleges, schools and local authorities) who are responsible for local delivery of the programme. This is a unique and challenging opportunity to contribute to the development of a national charity at an exciting stage in its development.



Closing date for applications is 19 July 2015, 5pm. 

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.