Careers Service

Information for students

The Employ.ed for PhDs programme offers unique work experience designed to enhance your skills, attributes and employability. It will also help widen your professional network and provide an insight into a different workplace, discipline or industry.

Internships will be project based fixed-term contracts. Usually lasting between 4 and 12 months; no more than 9 hours per week for a full-time student. The University will employ full-time PGR students for no more than an average of 9 hours per week across the academic year (as per its policy).   We recommend that you discuss the internship with your supervisor, as well as with your employer, before committing your time.

All interns are recruited on entry level, Grade 5 on the University's pay scales.

Further information on the average 9 hours per week limit


The job itself has been a welcome relief from the daily intensity of doing research as a PhD student, whilst also giving me a chance to use my research skills for a different purpose. The flexible working hours have allowed me to work round the demands of my PhD. It has been an ideal way to earn some money, under flexible and supportive working conditions within a university setting, applying some of the research and organisational skills I possess.

Geetha Marcus2nd year PhD in Education completing an Employ.ed for PhD internship in the Careers Service

Type of Opportunity

The Careers Service works with departments across the University who have projects suitable for a PhD student. Previous projects have included:

  • Communications PhD Intern – Institute for Academic Development
  • Technology Transfer – Edinburgh Innovations
  • Sustainable Business Models for Online Learning – Information Services
  • Research Impact Tracking – Moray House School of Education & Sport

How to apply

This Employ.ed programme is open to all matriculated University of Edinburgh PhD students. Opportunities are advertised on MyCareerHub under each host University department. Search opportunities for ‘Employ.ed for PhDs’. Before you apply, read our advice on writing effective applications

Support for your personal development

We have created a number of resources to help you at all stages of your internship. From finding the ideal role, to reflecting on what you have learnt.  Click the link below to browse our resources.

PhD Intern Resources

Hear from a previous intern, Mehdi Zeinali.

Further information

For more information about PhD internships please contact the Internships and Work Experience Team:

0131 651 5119