Spotlight: Scottish Parliament Internship

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It’s no doubt that internships are often vital catalysts in a young professional’s career. But internships abroad—now that’s something to put at the top of any CV or resume! Our #ukiuceap Scottish Parliament interns are amongst the fortunate few who return to UC with not only an exciting, life-changing study abroad experience, but also real-world work experience in the political environment of another country and culture. Here are a few reasons to consider a #ukiuceap political internship abroad:

  • Receive academic credit for your internship. Not only will you gain hands-on training in the professional world, but you’ll gain UC credit whilst doing it! Use your internship to complete a variety of major, minor or general degree requirements back home.
  • Expand your global network. By working in a professional environment abroad, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with some pretty influential people from your host country. During your internship, you’re truly treated as a member of the team and this position is a great opportunity to build global connections whilst exploring the inner workings of a political office abroad.
  • Grow in new and exciting ways. Expect to be challenged. Expect to work hard. Expect to come out of the semester with some amazing memories and newly honed skills!
  • It’s fun. Edinburgh is a great place call home. As Scotland’s capital and the UK’s best city to live in (2014), interning here is sure to be filled with many amazing #ukiuceap adventures-both in and out of the office!

…but hey, don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our past Scottish Parliament Interns had to say about their experience:

Scottish Parliament Intern, Alyssa, with her MSP and former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond
Scottish Parliament Intern, Alyssa, with her MSP and former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond


“As interns, we were given remarkable professional and cultural opportunities – from research to networking to travel. I worked harder and learned more than in any other quarter at the UC. The international perspective I gained has inspired me to pursue an academic career in comparative politics. Additionally, the units I earned during the programme translated directly to my major and actually enabled me to graduate UCSB 2 quarters early and jumpstart my career in California politics.”

–Alyssa Hanou, UCEAP Scottish Internship Program 2011



UCEAP intern with Scotland's First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon
UCEAP intern, Uriel, with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon


“My study abroad experience has definitely given me more clarity on the science of politics, and has shone a light on what it is I want as a young professional. I now understand the importance of leaving comfort zones and delving into new experiences.”

Uriel Alejo, UCEAP Scottish Internship Program 2015




If you want to learn more about interning in Scotland, click here.