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SCVO’s Business Growth Graduate Internship Programme is an exciting programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which aims to support micro businesses and SME’s to grow their businesses.

Employers will predominately be third sector organisations across all parts of Scotland.

The programme will enable micro businesses and SMEs to employ a graduate to undertake a 13-week or 6-week paid internship to complete a specific project designed to aid organisational growth and provide the opportunity for a graduate to utilise their skills and qualifications.

What is a “Business Growth Graduate Internship opportunity”?

There is no legal definition of an intern, however a good guideline is that interns should develop their professional skills and understanding of a profession by undertaking work of value for an employer.

Internships are short-term positions that offer mutual benefits to the host organisation and the intern. An internship provides a work-based learning opportunity for individuals who wish to develop hands-on experience in a certain occupational field.

Internships should be clearly distinct from other opportunities that may be available in your organisation, such as job roles, work experience, apprenticeships or volunteering.

All Business Growth internships will be temporary positions delivering a specific, discrete piece of work/project focused on business growth “providing the organisation with a short term resource to deliver this meaningful work which is of value to the organisation and at the same time providing the intern with a satisfying work experience”.

Internships will vary in nature depending on the specific project. However for the purposes of this programme the following applies:

  • Digital internships should be for 35 hours per week for a total of 6 week
  • All other internships should be for 35 hours per week for a total of 13 weeks (For interns on the Disability Equality strand there may be some flexibility to do a reduced number of hours over a longer period if it is deemed to be beneficial for the intern and the employer i.e. the 455 hours could be spread over a longer period of time.)
  • All Arts and Creative Industries, Digital & Disability Equality Interns should be paid a minimum of £7.85 an hour (Living Wage)
  • All specialist interns should be paid a minimum of £6.50 per hour (NMW from 1/10/14)
  • Interns should be provided with a job title and clearly defined role
  • All interns have an employee/employer relationship with their host organisation. They must legally become an employee of the organisation and be issued with a contract of employment and terms and conditions of employment as well as being subject to all existing organisational policies (e.g. health and safety, equalities etc.).The intern must be paid via the organization.s payroll
  • All interns should be supervised, and in the case of internships within the arts and creative industries, by a member of staff who is an arts or creative industry professional