Membership & Communications Intern with the Centre for Scottish Public Policy

The Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP) is looking for a creative, bright and social media savvy graduate to support their membership and communications activities. 

Location: Home-working
£7.65 per hour. Part-time, minimum 2 days per week for 3 months (additional paid hours may be required) with the potential extension beyond 3 month
Immediate start

CSPP is Scotland's only membership-based cross-party, independent think tank. For over a decade it has influenced public policy in Scotland and has spun out two companies from its activities - the Adopt an Intern programme to combat graduate unemployment; and Scotland’s Towns Partnership – a membership organisation and the voice for towns in Scotland.
Today, CSPP continues to challenge orthodoxies by proposing practical and holistic policy solutions, under the banner of People and Place, specifically in the areas of cities/city regions; public service reform; and town centre regeneration.

The Centre is currently led by Chair, Professor Richard Kerley, recognised policy expert and media commentator.

Nature of Work:

Membership Management and Development
• Routine communications with renewing members and new members. Ensuring members details processed and kept up to date in systems.
• Development and fulfilment of a marketing campaign to encourage new members.
• Following up all general enquiries, and researching leads through social media activity, newspapers, other media and networking events.
• Developing and improving the membership benefits offering.
• Conducting annual satisfaction survey.

• Updating website.
• Proactive and Reactive social media communications.
• Basic analysis of web and social media activity to assess where/how CSPP is making connections.
• Write & publish news bulletins and press announcements.
• Update contact management system.
• Attendance at events, which can involve late evening meetings, overnight stays and breakfast starts. (Additionally compensated for as required)

The ratio of membership management and development versus communications may fluctuate dependent on internal demands but it is anticipated that it will be 50:50.

Additional Events Development and Support Opportunities
Aligned to membership and communications, it is important that CSPP runs a range of public and private events. Working with our events organisers, we anticipate that there will be an opportunity to expand your role to help with the development and organisation of such events. This would be additionally compensated for at the same rate as the main role.


• Friendly positive outgoing manner, comfortable in liaising with current members and promoting the benefits of membership to potential audience. Confident in networking environment.
• Excellent writing skills, grammar and spelling.
• Up to date knowledge, ability and creativity across digital media platforms. Capable of working creatively across all social media channels, keeping the CSPP website lively and updated (currently migrating from Joomla CMS to NationBuilder) and coordinating a monthly (sometimes more) e-bulletins.
• Experience of drafting press releases.   
• Capable of undertaking routine essential administrative tasks.
An interest and good awareness of the political and policy context is preferred.

The individual must be capable of undertaking a number of tasks/projects simultaneously; well-disciplined and able to work autonomously whilst mindful of reporting guidelines; be well presented.

As the post will require the candidate to work from home, experience of working from home may be advantageous.


Closing date for applications 25 February 2015, 5pm.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.