Speech and Debates Officer Intern with English Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union Scotland works closely with fellow ESUs around the world to co-operate with other organisations in offering a range of cultural and educational programmes.

Location: Edinburgh
£18000 pro rata. 35 hours per week for 6 months. Includes some evening/weekend work
Immediate start

In Scotland, the ESU’s activities include speech and debate training and competitions for young people, and training for teachers; English language classes for non-native speakers; and a number of professional travel scholarships. Membership support is crucial to the ESU’s work. Members are involved in judging and supporting the debating programmes, as well as a number of social events throughout the year, including public debates, lunches with speakers, and the annual Burns Supper.

The ESU is looking for a Speech and Debates Officer, who will assist with the organisation and management of all aspects of the speech and debates programmes for schools and universities.
This will include:

  • Providing support for debates competitions, including setting motions and running a debating tab if possible,
  • Delivering debates training for teachers and pupils (including designing and writing training materials),
  • Managing a new debates outreach project, starting up mentor-led debates clubs for schools,
  • Seeking funding for our ongoing debates work,


The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level, from a range of degree disciplines. Previous experience of being involved in or running debating and public speaking competitions or activities will be highly regarded, and knowledge of a debating tab is desirable.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of writing and designing educational/training materials for a variety of audiences and purposes, and preferably have some experience of teaching or running workshops or training sessions. You will have experience of event management, and the ability to communicate effectively and work with both large and small groups of all ages.

You should be a strong team player with the ability to work well within a very small team and cope well under pressure whilst prioritising your workload. You will have experience of working with young people, as well as networking with a variety of stakeholders.


Closing date for applications is 7th October 2014, 5pm. 

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.