Graduate Internship (Research or Business) with Business for Scotland

Location: Glasgow
£16,500 p/a (dependent on experience, reviewed at six months)
Full-time, one year post with potential for extension
Immediate start
Closing date: 23 August 2019, 12 noon

About the Company

“Business for Scotland (BfS) 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 – Research Stream Internship between Aug 2016 – Apr 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 – Business Stream Internship between May 2015 - August 2017)”

Find out more about BfS here

The Role

Business for Scotland runs a highly successful graduate internship programme, which has helped launch the careers of five past interns and it currently employs three graduate interns. The internship programme offers important and interesting projects to work on, a flexible, friendly, creative and positive working environment with real responsibility from day one.

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

There are two internship streams available:

a) Research Internship Stream (reports to the Head of Research)
In this post, you will report to the Head of Research, 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, event management and stakeholder communication for the projects they work on
• Follow national and regional press for stories and news, to produce short stories and blog posts for BfS’s digital media

b) Business Internship Stream (reports to the CEO)
In this post, you will report to the CEO, and your key responsibilities will be to:
• Manage projects such as training programs
• Manage events such as monthly hot topic lunches with speakers and the BfS’s training programmes
• Organise major events such as BfS’s annual dinner and some London and other city-based events
• Manage marketing projects and events, as well as invoicing and communication with external stakeholders
• Assist in quality checking, fact checking reports


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

You will be able to demonstrate:
• 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

The following experience would be beneficial:
• Some experience conducting primary research, including developing data collection, instrument (questionnaire) and preparing and analysing quantitative as well as qualitative data
• Experience of producing research outputs such as articles, blogs and reports
• Some experience of event management
• 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

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as doing so may negatively impact your employment opportunity.


Closing date for applications is 23 August 2019, 12 noon.

Please note the following criteria, which is non-negotiable.

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 tailored Cover Letter through the Adopt An Intern online application form on our website. Examples of what we expect in an application can be found HERE. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date.

State A) your availability and B) relevant experience and demonstrate how your skills match the specific requirements of the job description.

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.