Careers Service

Employ.ed for PhDs

This programme gives your organisation access to high-level research and analytical skills, as well as knowledge and skills relating to your industry. These part-time paid internships are designed to fit around students’ research commitments.

The benefits of recruiting a PhD intern:

PhD students can bring expertise and insight to your organisation. As experienced students they require minimal supervision and can be given ownership of projects. Their vast and in depth range of skills and knowledge suit a range of projects such as:

 
  • Participation in the delivery of time-constrained projects
  • Critical analysis of projects
  • In-depth market research
  • Review of current workload and processes, recommendation for improvements
  • Support for research and development
  • Development of technical solutions

Case study

“Having the support of a PhD intern has meant that a project, which would not otherwise have been able to be taken forward, has been realised ahead of schedule. I was very impressed by the standard of the PhD students who applied for the internship and this reinforced my belief that PhD students are a hidden resource."

(Employ.ed for PhDs hiring manager)

Support Available

The Internships and Work Experience Team are experts in helping employers to recruit students and graduates. We can help you to:

  • Scope your project and internship design
  • Advertise your opportunity to relevant PhD students 

Please note that the University will employ full-time Postgraduate Research students for no more than an average of 9 hours per week across the academic year, and recommends that PGR students apply this limit to employment outside the University.

Further information on the average 9 hours per week limit

How to apply

To discuss a potential project with us contact the Internships and Work Experience Team

 employ.ed@ed.ac.uk