Speak Out Intern (Campaigns and Communications) with Church of Scotland

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Church and Society Council on national campaigns in the run-up to the Scottish Parliament elections. 

Location: Edinburgh
£7.85 per hour. Full-time (35 hours per week) for 9 months
Immediate start

The Church of Scotland have over 400,000 members, and work with numerous communities around the world. Within the organisation, they have around 800 ministers serving in parishes and chaplaincies, supported by more than 1500 professional and administrative staff.

Please see website for more information: http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us 

The successful candidate will contribute to the work of the busy Church and Society department in its work of policy development on public issues and communicating and relating to key supporters, especially through the Speak Out project.  Assist with the co-ordination and development of campaigns social justice issues, and share news, events and ideas through a variety of media.  Working as part of a close-knit team, you will also help with event planning and support the Church’s engagement in the run up to the 2016 Holyrood elections and assist with events around the Church’s General Assembly. Other responsibilities include:

  • Regular production of the Church and Society E-Newsletter
  • Maintaining and developing Church and Society’s social media presence
  • Co-ordinating the design and production of new printed publicity
  • Liaison with local church and presbytery representatives
  • Helping to record information and enter data gathered as part of the Speak Out project.
  • Assisting with the delivery of events around the General Assembly, including Church and Society’s participation in Heart and Soul, as well as through Assembly fringe events and an exhibition stall.
  • Contributing to the shared work culture in the department



The ideal graduate will have a background/experience in a social studies or public policy environment as well as interest in politics and public issues. You should be proficient in IT, including knowledge in using Microsoft Excel and Word; social media sites (Facebook and Twitter); and online research. The friendly intern will manage several projects at the same time and must have the ability to assimilate information quickly. Being able to write clearly, effectively and with accuracy is essential. You should have a positive attitude and be able to work to tight deadlines.

Graduates with an understanding in the work of the Church and Society Council; and aims of the Church of Scotland will have an advantage. Applicants with good oral communication skills, experience of contributing to a team and an understanding of the structures of the Church of Scotland are desirable.



Closing date for applications is 25 October 2015, 12 noon.

Interviews to be held on 30 October 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.