Safer Connected Communities’ Policy Intern (Participatory budgeting and Community participation) with Stirling Council

Stirling_Logo.jpegLocation: Stirling
£8.51 per hour
Full-Time fixed term contract for 12 months
Immediate Start
Closing date: 14 February 2018, 12 noon

About the Company

Stirling Council's area lies at the very heart of Scotland. It covers 220,000 hectares from Tyndrum and Crianlarich in the southern highlands to the villages of Killearn and Strathblane in the south-west and the former mining villages of Plean, Fallin, and Cowie in the east. The 83,000 population splits 50:50 urban to rural, with the urban population centering around Stirling, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. The council employs over 3,000 staff and the HR team are in place to ensure that the workforce is supported in the most effective ways possible.

The Role

The Safer Connected Communities service is looking for a graduate student intern to work directly with the Safer Connected Communities team. The intern will focus primarily on participatory budgeting and community participation.

They will work with the team to carry out research, policy duties, and project status reports. They will assist with data management and analysis for community participation linking qualitative and quantitative data.

Your main responsibilities will be to:
• Assist with the implementation of participatory budgeting, policy analysis, writing, and editing reports and assist with other projects as/when relevant
• Manage and analyse large community planning‐level datasets
• Monitor legislative priorities
• Write blog postings and assist with social media postings
• Assist with data requests from stakeholders and media
• Other necessary tasks as they arise


The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level in a Business Management/Finance related discipline. It is essential that you are organised and able to work to deadlines independently and as part of the team. You will be professional, discrete, and thorough in your data handling work.

Demonstrating that you meet the following criteria is essential:

• Possess a keen interest and curiosity in social policy research and analysis
• Experience of writing policy document and proofreading
• Experience working with Excel spreadsheets and/or databases
• Experience conducting basic statistical analyses (means, percentages, confidence intervals, standard deviation etc.
• Experience conducting literature reviews and other background research for specific topics
• Organised and detail‐oriented while working on a wide range of tasks
• Strong organizational, social, written, proofreading, and oral communication skills.

The following experience would be looked on favourably:
• Political awareness
• Project management
• Experience working with GIS mapping software


Closing date for applications is 14 February 2018, 12 noon.

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.