Social Impact Research Intern with School for Social Entrepreneurs - Scotland

The School for Social Entrepreneurs has supported over 1000 social entrepreneurs in setting up community ventures since 2002.

Location: Edinburgh/Lothians/Fife with option for some home-working
£7.85 per hour
Part-time, 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
Immediate start

School for Social Entrepreneurs - Scotland students often start by operating in niche markets, filling gaps and solving difficult social problems, bringing strong emotional commitment as well as first-hand knowledge and local know-how to provide solutions that really work.

Their impact on the people they work with is impressive and their ventures have real staying power as well as economic benefit.
The School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland offers an array of support programmes for both individuals and communities, and as a newly formed social enterprise in 2012, 3 years on, it is now time to carry out some research into the impact of its programmes.

Working as a Social Impact Research Intern the main purpose of this internship will be creating a Social Impact Study (incorporating all programmes previously delivered and bringing this to fruition in the form of a booklet for distribution to funders, partners, stakeholders).

The successful intern will join a motivated team of individuals and bring a host of skills to the organisation. As a result they will be working in a supportive environment, increasing their skills and experience.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Scotland are seeking a motivated individual to work with us over the coming months who will:
• contribute to the achievement of “The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Scotland’s” overall organisational objectives and targets. These are centred around initiatives that support the trading activities of organisations with a social purpose.
• Support the Chief Executive in evidencing, the social economic and environmental benefits of supporting an enterprising third sector through its action learning programmes.
• work as a member of a small team to undertake a programme of research based on interviews, telephone conversations, perusing reports/activities for existing and emerging social enterprises who have contributed/been accepted on their action learning programmes.
• prepare reports and statistics on activities for Trustees/CEO.
• be a confident and comfortable writer and, with support, prepare our first ever social impact study and eventually bring it to publication.
• such other tasks as may be required which are consistent with the duties and responsibilities of the post.


The role will require the following experience, knowledge and competencies:
• A background in Market Research, Community Learning and Development or a related subject.
• Highly organised with excellent research and writing/editing skills plus strong face-to-face communication skills and a professional telephone manner.
• A can-do attitude, punctuality and reliability plus the ability to work to deadlines.
• Proactive, self-motivated and able to work both on your own and as part of a team.
• Strong IT skills and a proficient user of Microsoft Office and the Internet.
• An understanding of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors and the current key issues.
• Well-developed negotiating skills and the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively across all sectors.
• Ability to problem-solve and develop solutions
• Well-developed time management skills


Closing date for applications is 30 September 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.