Job opportunities and internships

Scottish Liberal Democrats SLDHQ Field Internship Programme 2014

Edinburgh and throughout Scotland

Salary - £15,912 per annum(pro rata)

The Scottish Liberal Democrats are offering an exciting opportunity to gain skills and knowledge to pave the way for a career in political campaigning.

The Field Internship Programme will give interns the opportunity to play a central role as part of the Campaign team in a key Lib Dem seat while also spending time at the Party’s Scottish HQ in Edinburgh.

The internships will be paid and participants’ travel costs for days spent at Party HQ will also be covered. The host local Parties will provide accommodation for participants if necessary.

By the end of this eight week programme, interns will have a strong grounding in the skills needed for a career in political campaigning with the Liberal Democrats. They will also receive training to develop general skills that can be used in any workplace.

We are committed to opening access to internships. That's why in 2014 internships on this scheme with the Party will be paid at the UK Living Wage - currently £7.65 per hour.

We particularly welcome applications from under-represented groups as we strive to make the Party's staff more representative of the UK as a whole.

Person Specification

The role is campaign-focussed and will involve working closely with campaigns staff and grass-roots campaigners. It is a unique opportunity to build connections and skills for a career in political campaigning.

Desired candidate qualities / experience:

  1. Demonstrable interest in politics
  2. Demonstrable track record of leadership and team work.
  3. Willingness to pitch in with local team, possessing an enthusiastic ‘can do’ attitude.
  4. Able communicator.
  5. Demonstrable ability to prioritise
  6. Ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines.
  7. Ability to take on new tasks with initiative.
  8. Ability to work with a range of stakeholders and work independently.
  9. Politically Astute.
  10. Sympathetic with the aims and values of the Liberal Democrats.

Application procedure

To make an application for one of our internships please submit: -

  • a full CV (no more than two pages and including contact telephone numbers and email address);
  • A covering letter (no more than one A4 page) setting out why you want this internship and how your experience, skills and interests are relevant to it;
  • a 500-word document outlining why you think people should vote for the Liberal Democrats in 2015;
  • Details of your current salary and two referees (including one from your current employer if relevant) - if you would prefer us not to contact them until a later stage of the selection process, please specifically let us know.

Your application should be sent to Emma Peall (HR Administrator) at emma.peall@libdems.org.uk and state clearly that you are applying for the Scottish LD Field Internship Programme 2014.

The deadline for applications is Monday 28th July 2014.