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Non-Profit Leadership in Scotland | Edinburgh, Scotland

More photos from this internship can be found here. Photo courtesy of ACOSVO.

Our partner in Non-Profit Leadership has been hosting interns from the USA and Europe for over 15 years.  IE3 Global Interns, based in Edinburgh, will help a small team connect and support over 500 non-profit leaders from across Scotland through the stages of their leadership journey – from emerging leaders to Chief Officers to those no longer working who wish to continue to support the sector. The host organization will work with you to tailor your internship to individual skill sets and needs, encompassing areas like member engagement, communication, service delivery, event management, and development of publicity materials.

As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a city full of culture and history.  It has easily accessible transportation links and is a great gateway to the rest of Scotland, offering interns the opportunity to explore on weekends and during leave, while still experiencing city life during the week.  Our partner in Edinburgh has a guide to help interns settle into the city that includes a list of places to visit and a humorous dialect reference sheet.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Fall: September 26
  • Winter: January 3
  • Spring: March 28
  • Summer: July 4

Duration of Internship:

  • 3 – 4 months

Vision: Excellent non-profit and charity leadership in Scotland.

Mission: Shape the future of Scotland’s non-profit and charity organizations by providing every leader with the opportunities to inspire, excel, and develop.

Purpose:  Provide services, networking, and events to encourage leaders to share ideas and best practice in a safe and confidential space.

Review the organization’s Member Services Video and 2019 Story Book, and 2020 Story Book for a closer look.

The host organization will work with you to tailor your internship to individual skill sets and needs, encompassing areas like member engagement, communication, service delivery, event management, and development of publicity materials. Some representative tasks include:

  • Support Member Services, Operations, and Events:
    • Assist with delivery of services, including: monitoring engagement; maintaining database records; sector and service analysis; presentation of findings in report form
    • Create infographics, animations, testimonial flyers, etc. to promote services and other offerings
    • Build personalized reporting CRM dashboards reporting real-time event and membership data
    • Assist the team with routine office support tasks as needed
  • Recognize and promote key drivers for: membership oversight and growth; service delivery; event management, marketing and communication; financial management; office administration
  • Learn about the non-profit sector in Scotland and challenges facing sector leaders through site visits and direct interaction with leaders
  • Contribute as a part of a small, close-knit team embracing organizational values, culture, procedures, and processes

Academic Background:

  • Candidates are encouraged to apply from a variety of academic backgrounds.
  • Ideal candidates will have an interest one or more of the following: non-profit program management, community-based development, leadership development, marketing, and event planning.


Interns are expected to demonstrate:

  • Responsibility, professional motivation, flexibility, and effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work without close supervision, taking ownership of delegated tasks, and prioritizing workload
  • Friendly, positive attitude; willing to learn

Language Requirements:

  • English is the language of communication. Interns must be capable of written and spoken communication at a near-native level in professional settings.

Visa Requirements:

  • Interns must be eligible for Tier 5 Visa and Work Authorization through BUNAC.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3 Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • International Travel: $1,000
  • Visa fees and Work Sponsorship: $1105*

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing: $650 - $950
  • Food: $500
  • Local Transportation: $70
  • Utilities, Phone, Internet: $160

*Fee amounts are calculated with an exchange rate from British Pound at the time of posting.

Interns arrange their own housing. The host organization is willing to assist interns in locating appropriate accommodation (especially in August during the Edinburgh festival and Fringe).

Learn more about past interns’ experiences below:


Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25
Fall: April 15
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- Interest in understanding leadership excellence and how to improve non-profit leader performance
- Ability to work independently as part of a small, close-knit team
- Have fun while learning about Scottish non-profit sector