Adopt an Intern Targets 500th Placement

Wednesday 10th July 2013: Adopt an Intern Targets 500th Placement

Adopt an Intern (AAI), the independent, not-for-profit company that facilitates paid internships for recent graduates and postgraduates, is targeting its 500th placement by the end of 2013. To date the company, which emerged in 2010 from the Centre for Scottish Public Policy think-tank, has placed 350 individuals with a wide range of private, public and third sector organisations throughout Scotland.

AAI has also launched a ‘corporate fostering programme’ focusing on corporate sponsorship of start-ups and social enterprises to take on graduates. The company believes such a unique ‘feeder’ system could be of great benefit in talent development and retention. In its first three years the AAI programme, where graduates are paid on average £7.50 p/hr, has had great success. Surveys carried out by Adopt an Intern show that:

  • 76% of graduates who used the service gained a full-time job soon after completion.
  • All responding interns believe their internship helped them gain their subsequent employment
  • 97% went on to positive destination (employment, further internships, higher education)

Joy Lewis, Chief Executive of Adopt an Intern, said: “We have had a hugely positive first three years driven by the exceptional commitment, belief, hard work and enthusiasm of the small team at AAI and the Scottish Government and other funding we have been granted. Our next 3-year period will see us upscale our position significantly and we are now targeting our 500th paid intern by the end of 2013. Whilst stretching our current run rate, I want this as our base to start 2014.”

AAI was established in 2010 in response to the growing need among graduates for paid, professional-level work experience. It is a free service which sources talented and motivated unemployed graduates to match businesses throughout Scotland and internationally. AAI has a graduate exchange with Germany and has placed an intern into Mary’s Meals in Malawi.