Don’t miss these internship closing dates……..


Employer: What Could I Be?

Job title: Partnership Development

Closing: date 21/09/2015

Job description:

  • Research sector information including weekly update of news stories
  • Website updating
  • Social media activity
  • Organise and brief bloggers
  • Organise and send out partnership/membership packs
  • Administration support

Rate of pay is £250 a week (negotiable depending on experience), as part of The Stirling Internship Programme for SMEs, supported by Santander. There is also the possibility of some bonus payments.

Person requirements:

  • Organised
  • Computer programmes word, excel and powerpoint
  • Great communication skills (on phone, email, social media)
  • Good research skills

Company information:

We design and publish career education i-ZINES for 11-15 year old young people and their parents.

We are a social enterprise.

Accepted degree subjects: Any

Application information

Please send your CV and Covering Letter to the University Career Development Centre ( who will then forward them on to the company. To take part in The Stirling Internship, you must get your CV and Covering Letter checked before applying. Our bookable 15 minute appointments with the Duty Careers Adviser for this are on Monday – Thursday, 11am-3pm in Cottrell 3A1. If you have any difficulties accessing our service, please contact us on 01786 467070.


Don’t miss these internship closing dates – Stirling Internships – Bon Accord

Employer Bon Accord Life

Job title Financial Protection Executive – 3 vacancies available

Closing date 28/06/2015

Salary and benefits Competitive graduate salary (well above minimum wage)

Job description

There are three vacancies with Bon Accord in a  ‘professional telephone sales role’. Bon Accord is  Scotland’s leading life insurance broker where you will be provided with around 160 new customer leads per month through website enquiries or pre-screened customers passed directly through to you.

You will be required to complete client fact finds and narrow down the most suitable options from our vast product range. You will enjoy problem solving and finding a solution that will benefit your client by either saving them money or improving their cover.

As you grow your client bank you will be confident building rapport with a wide range of clients ensuring you become proficient at identifying further gaps in your clients protection needs.

Internship duration: 12 weeks

Proposed Start Date: 1st July 2015

Person requirements

Accepted degree subjects Any

Confident and assertive on the phone, you will thrive on achieving and exceeding both individual and team targets while possessing a resilient and positive nature. You will have excellent communication skills coupled with a strong determination to succeed and you will be results orentated, fixated on achieving your goals.

Must be a graduate or graduating student

Company information

Bon Accord Life is Scotland’s leading life insurance broker. Established in 2008 with a solid and reputable background in the financial services industry, we are expanding and moving to the Castle Business Centre, Stirling.


Application information
Please send your CV and Covering Letter to the University Career Development Centre ( who will then forward them on to the company. To take part in the Stirling Internship, you must get your CV and Covering letter checked before applying. Our drop in service for this is on Monday – Thursday, 1pm-4pm in Cottrell 3A1. If you have any difficulties accessing our service, please contact us on 01786 467070.

Events Administrator and Member Relations Internship

A fantastic opportunity has become available to join The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) team. ‘During your three month internship you will have immediate access to responsibility and be involved in an interesting range of tasks. By working with us and our 250+ members the STA will provide the individual with a better understanding of the sector and also develop practical skills for future employment.’

The role will provide support to the Business Support Manager and Business Development Manager and will include the following tasks:

  • Assisting with the co-ordination and planning of STA events.
  • Providing administrative support with the membership renewal process.
  • Maintaining the membership database.
  • Dealing with and responding to new membership enquiries.
  • Supporting the STA Business Support Manager with general finance admin when required.
  • Responding to general member telephone and email enquiries.
  • Other ad-hoc admin tasks as required.

Closing date: Tuesday 23/06/2015. Interviews are likely to be close to the week of graduation.

Salary and benefits: £1000 per month

Ross Wallace, intern, 2014

Ross Wallace, intern, 2014

Start date:– Monday 17th August for existing graduates and graduating students. They will consider a later start date of 1st September for completing MSc students.

Person requirements

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with the following skills:

  • Attention to detail
  • Sound knowledge of MS office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good telephone manner
  • Able to work on own initiative
Having a “can do” attitude is essential, and a good understanding of Scotland’s geography and sound knowledge of the tourism proposition desirable.

Company information

The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) is the leading ‘voice of the tourism industry in Scotlandand the “guardian and co-ordinating arm” of Scotland’s national tourism strategy– Tourism Scotland 2020

Formed in March 2012, the STA has gone from strength to strength and grown from 100 to 255 members (May 2015) strengthening its credibility within the industry, government and public agencies as the body that “Leads on Industry Matters”. The STA is an independent trade body comprising of trade associations, individual businesses, marketing services and local area tourism groups who earn their living from tourism or have an active interest in tourism.

Accepted degree subjects Any

Location Stirling

Working hours Full-time

Contract Fixed term

Application information

Please send your CV and Covering Letter to the University Career Development Centre ( who will then forward them on to the company. To take part in the Stirling Internship, you are advised to get your CV and Covering letter checked before applying. Our drop in service for this is on Monday – Thursday, 1pm-4pm in Cottrell 3A1. If you have any difficulties accessing our service, please contact us on 01786 467070.

Santander Internship Programme

The University is participating in the Santander Intern Programme, connecting talented graduates with some of the UK’s fastest growing, most exciting small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Santander is part-funding 3 Month internships for final year students and recent graduates. If you would like to kick-start-your career and build valuable experience fast, this is a great way to do it.

Company information
Based at Pacific Quay, BiP Solutions are an award-winning, experts in facilitating business between the public and private sector.

Reporting directly into our Global Services Senior Executive, an exciting opportunity exists for a Marketing graduate to assist deliver an initial 3-month project aligned to our flagship eSourcing service.Working in collaboration with a multi-disciplined team in both our Glasgow and London offices, you will have the opportunity to be involved in the full product life cycle from development to launch.

They are looking for a recent Graduate who will combine their marketing knowledge with strong business acumen; a creative flair; strong presentation skills and an enthusiastic approach.

How to apply

Please send all application to with the Reference ‘Stirling’
Closing Date – Friday 30th November 2012

Before applying, we advise you to visit the Career Development Centre (Corell 3A1) to get your CV checked. Wehave a drop-in service between 11am – 3pm, Monday to Thursday

5 tips for your new job

Now that final exams  have passed, thousands of  fresh graduates will head off for their first internships or full-time jobs.If you’re one of them, you’re lucky. Recent statistics indicate that one in two new college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. And while many of you will have had part-time jobs, this new position can be an incredible learning experience and a stepping stone for your long-term career.

But it’s also a struggle. For some of you, it may be your first experience in a business environment. I remember feeling lost in my first few experiences after university (we all do). Surrounded by so much new information, I constantly felt like I was falling behind my more experienced colleagues. I didn’t know who to look to for advice, and I never felt like I was doing my job well enough.

So as you prepare for your new role — and the challenges you’ll face in that position — I’d offer five pointers I’ve seen work for people along the way.

1. Don’t “fake it until you make it.” Many new workers try to appear more knowledgeable than they really are. They don’t ask questions. They think they need to have answers to be valuable to their organizations, and they can’t admit to a lack of experience or understanding. They compensate for their lack of confidence with overconfidence. But here’s the secret: They’re not fooling anyone! No one expects you to know everything in your first job, and you learn and grow faster when you seek real understanding, ask questions, and petition for help. Rather than faking it, make it by acknowledging the skills and experience of your colleagues at work and using your first job or internship as a learning experience.

2. Never eat lunch alone. One of the best things about a new job is the incredible learning experience it provides. Every single person you’ll work with in your new position — from the receptionist to the CEO — can teach you something valuable, and each of them can be a friend and mentor in your career. Many of the happiest and most successful people I know constantly ask questions and seek guidance from everyone around them, and research even shows that people with stronger social networks live longer. Your office is full of intelligent, thoughtful, and experienced people. Get to know them. Treat them with respect. Ask them questions. Learn from them. And have fun in the process.

3. Set boundaries to prevent burnout. Most jobs are never fully done. In school, your tests, homework assignments, and group projects have defined due dates. Parents and teachers will help you balance your life, and you have frequent, built-in breaks to help you recharge. But a job is different. It will be hard to do perfectly (or even well!). You’ll be anxious to over-perform, and many bosses are all too happy to have their new employees work long hours if they want to. There’s something to be said for putting in extra effort. But you also need to learn, early on, to set personal boundaries that allow you to maintain balance and avoid burnout. Burnout can make you less productive at work, and certainly makes you less happy. And in the absence of a caring community looking out for your well-being, you’ll need to take ownership of your boundaries. Map out your lifestyle goals ahead of time. Build short breaks from work into your schedule, and learn early to seek balance in your work and life.

4. Serve your colleagues and customers. A common view of Millennials is that they are entitled and narcissistic. And a common mistake young people make is to competitively climb their career ladders rather than humbly seeking to serve their colleagues and customers. But if you want to earn the respect of those around you and defy your generation’s stereotypes, the best thing you can do is bring an attitude of service to your job. Proactively seek out ways to help your colleagues. Think ahead for new ways to please customers. Jim Collins has written about how the greatest leaders often combine humility and fierce resolve. And humbly serving — staying focused on others — can be a great way to develop leadership and amass the support of your coworkers.

5. Work hard and show up on time. It’s been well-documented that hard work can be at least as important as talent to professional success. The 10,000 hour rule, for example, maintains that to truly master a skill, a person must put in 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. And nothing signals seriousness to your employer like promptness, perseverance, and dedication. Over the long run, diligence will earn you the respect of your colleagues, and hard work will give you the mastery and self-discipline to succeed in the future. The basics are simple, but easy to forget: Work hard and show up on time.

Following these suggestions will make for a more worthwhile experience for you, while balancing some of the stress and struggles of a brand-new work environment. What are you worried about heading into your first job or internship? What advice would you give to new workers?

Courtesy of Harvard Business Review

Graduate Placement Projects

Securing a graduate placement can be one way of kick-starting your career. A placement opportunity such as offered by Talent Scotland  can give you the chance to:

  • get valuable ‘hands-on’ work experience
  • prove yourself to an employer
  • build your confidence
  • make contacts in your chosen industry
  • see whether a particular role or organisation is right for you
  • boost your future employment prospects

I have included information from the talent Scotland website for you to have a look at and the link takes you directly to the placement vacancy pages – do have a look to see if any of these opportunites interest you:

 Talent Scotland

The Talent Scotland graduate placement programme can offer an opportunity to work on a short-term project with an established business or social enterprise.

Organisations of all sizes participate and you receive a minimum salary of £14,000 (pro rata) whilst on your placement. A supplement of £1,500 is included to placements based in the Highlands and Islands.

Participating businesses are dynamic, growth-oriented and located across Scotland, within the private and voluntary sectors. Projects last from three months to one year and must be quantifiable and measureable.

Graduate placement projects

Projects can cross a range of disciplines including

  • New product design and development or product adaption for overseas markets
  • New process development and implementation
  • Strategic marketing, target marketing and market research
  • Targeting new international markets
  • Exporting and increased international participation
  • More effective use of ICT and e-business to improve business performance
  • Improved environmental management to achieve business benefits
  • Developing effective human resource policies

For placements of more than three months, you will also receive a minimum of two days off-site training, specifically designed to develop additional innovation and business skills.

Who is the programme open to?

The programme is open to all graduates who

  • Have graduated at degree or postgraduate level from a higher education institution within the past two years
  • Have up-to-date visa documentation if required — international graduates only
  • Have good English language skills appropriate to a business environment
  • Have no more than one year’s relevant (graduate level) work experience

If you meet these criteria and have the skills for the job, you can apply.

How do I apply?

Visit the placement page to view and apply for graduate placement opportunities


If you have any questions about the Graduate Placement Programme email the TalentScotland Graduate Placements team

For enquiries regarding placements in the Highlands and Islands region please email or phone 01463 244 332