Project Assistant and Research Intern with East Renfrewshire Council

East Renfrewshire Council has a unique opportunity for a graduate to develop both project management and research skills. This will involve the management of East Renfrewshire’s Graduate Internship Programme as well as conducting economic research to support the Economic Development team.

Location: Thornliebank
£7.85 per hour
35 hours per week for 6 months (with possible extension for 1 year)
Ideal start date: 10 August

Working as a Project Assistant and Research Intern key tasks will fall under two areas:

Graduate Internship Programme
Since 2011, East Renfrewshire Council has run a successful Graduate Internship Programme, matching graduates to specific projects within Council departments as well as local private and third sector organisations. The programme has been recognised for its excellence, winning the silver award at the COSLA Excellence Awards in 2014. Key tasks are likely to include:
• Co-ordinating recruitment processes.
• Benchmarking and developing the Programme against other Local Authorities and Graduate Intern Programmes.
• Supporting graduates and managers with any queries or issues they may have.
• Evaluating and recommending potential training options to offer graduate interns.
• Monitoring the quality of internships delivered to ensure that each intern receives the same high standard across the Programme.
• Making recommendations for the overall development of the Programme.

Economic Research
The successful candidate will also be involved in a variety of tasks leading on specific research tasks as directed. In the past this has included research relating to Third Sector development, Employability, Welfare reform, and future project feasibility. Key tasks are likely to include:
• Undertake both primary and secondary research and analysis
• Inform Economic Intelligence, Policy and Strategy Development
• Assess the economic implications of various projects
• There is potential for wider scope of work depending on individual strengths, skills and experience.
• Providing support to the Economic Development team


The successful candidate should:
Be educated to degree level in a relevant subject e.g. Economics, Social Science, Business or research.

And should have:
• Experience conducting primary and secondary research
• An enthusiastic approach and the ability to work as part of a team
• Good IT skills with experience using excel for data analysis
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, experience of data-analysis, preparation of reports and presentation of findings.


Closing date for applications is 21 July 2015, 5pm

Interviews will take place between 27 and 31 July 2015

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.