SDS Internships for Care Experienced Students


Summer Internships at Skills Development Scotland

Employer: Skills Development Scotland

Contract Type: 8 weeks paid summer Internship (5 July to 27 August 2021)

Eligibility: Must be Care Experienced and have an anticipated pass of 3rd year of undergraduate degree

Location: Flexible – working from home

Salary: £20,324 per annum (pro-rata)

Hours of Work: negotiable, from 17.5 to 35 hours per week

Closing date for applications: 23 May 2021

How To Apply: Contact or 07484 089832.

Roles Available

Who Cares? Scotland is working with our partner Skills Development Scotland  (SDS), who are offering 3 different paid summer internship opportunities within their organisation:

  • Human Resources Intern – is an opportunity to work within the HR Assistant team sitting in the HR Directorate. During the internship, you will contribute and support all aspects of effective administration of the employment contract throughout the employment lifecycle and through the appropriate application of HR processes and procedures.

(See Human Resources Intern Job Description here)

  • Communications and Marketing Intern – is an opportunity to work in the Communications and Marketing team. During the internship, you will get exposure to and an opportunity to contribute to a mix of colleague engagement and external communications, including branding, events, email marketing, managing our corporate website ( and their associated social media channels on Twitter and LinkedIn.

(See Communications and Marketing Intern Job Description here)

  • Business Support Intern – is an opportunity within the Business Support team. During the internship, you will learn about the governance of SDS systems and processes, support development and delivery of test scripts and conduct testing and develop training on systems and processes.

(See Business Support Intern Job Description here)

To find out more about these internships and duties that each role would undertake and learning outcomes available please see the attached job descriptions.


You must be available to work from 5 July to 27 August 2021, on a full time or part-time basis. You must have an anticipated pass of your 3rd-year undergraduate degree. Applications are welcomed from all degree disciplines, however, a related subject would be advantageous. These opportunities are open to Care Experienced undergraduates only.

About SDS

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body. We contribute to Scotland’s sustainable economic growth by supporting people and businesses to develop and apply their skills. We work with our partners to provide services that deliver the very best outcomes for Scotland’s people, businesses and economy.

At SDS we are ambitious about equality, diversity, and inclusion. If you’ve got the right skills for the job, we want to hear from you. We encourage candidates who are disabled, from a minority ethnic community and those who are Care Experienced, due to under-representation in our workforce. We are a Stonewall Top 100, Stonewall Top Trans, Disability Confident, and Carer Positive employer. We also hold the Investors in Young People Gold Award.

If you require this advert in another format, please email or call us on 0300 013 5119.

Our Offer

These opportunities are open to 3rd-year undergraduates from a Care Experienced background. These opportunities are within our HR, Business Support and Marketing & Communications departments.

This s an 8-week paid work experience programme. You will be paid £20,324 per year, which equates to £3,127 for 8 weeks.

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, all employees are working from home. SDS will provide the necessary kit to ensure you are able to work effectively.

Our working week is 9AM to 5PM Monday to Friday, however, we will consider flexible working patterns from 17.5 hours to 35 hours per week. Your salary will be reduced pro-rata if you work less than 35 hours per week.

About Our Summer Internship Programme

This programme offers a fantastic opportunity for you to gain relevant experience in a working environment and apply and build on the knowledge & skills you have gained at university.

From your first day, you will be an integral part of the team you join. Supported by your mentor and line manager, you’ll have a clearly defined role and responsibilities. You’ll receive on the job training, and complete learning to enhance your knowledge and skills.

You’ll participate in a personal development programme designed to enhance the soft skills required to succeed in the world of work. You’ll attend a series of workshops including communication skills, managing yourself, and employability. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with other employees on the young talent programme and meet with a Careers Adviser to discuss your future career aspirations.

This programme offers you first-hand experience of SDS as a supportive employer and successful candidates will be offered a guaranteed interview for our graduate internship programme in 2022.

To Apply

Our partner on these opportunities is Who Cares? Scotland. For more information or support with your application please contact Zoey Hillman on:  or 07484 089832

Closing date for applications is 23 May 2021.

Interviews will take place week commencing 1 June 2021.  

Anticipated start date is 5th July 2021.

We’re a Disability Confident Employer

At SDS we are committed to ensuring that candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. Should you meet the minimum essential criteria and be invited to the next stage we are able to make reasonable adjustments to the selection process. Please use the Personal Statement section on the application form to highlight your needs. This information will only be used by HR to support you through the process and will not influence shortlisting.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities, funding partners and donors who make our work possible.