Scheme due to mark fifth birthday
Intern programme predicting record year
Since is launch in 2010 Adopt an Intern has placed more than 850 interns in companies as diverse as Blipfoto, Rolls-Royce and Social Bite.
It mark the milestone in its growth with a celebration and awards event at the Scottish Parliament on 30 April.
The company was created in response to high levels of graduate unemployment and a lack of paid, meaningful internship opportunities.
Joy Lewis, chief executive and founder (pictured far left), said: “Our 5th anniversary celebration is a crystallisation of what the Adopt an Intern team has focused on and we want to get our message out to as many of Scotland’s employers as we can.
“The young talent of Scotland is the lifeblood of much of Scotland’s economic success. It is key both from a personal and corporate perspective that this is embraced.
“In a year which will be dominated by the politics of the economy, it is essential that Adopt an Intern maintains its focus on our core mission – creating economic opportunity for talented young graduates and supporting the economic stability and growth of participating businesses.”
She said that the Parliament was the most appropriate place to celebrate this mission, alongside Ministers who support Adopt an Intern with its core funding.
“I am very confident that we can make significant strides over the course of 2015 and predict it will be a record year in terms of interns placed,” said Ms Lewis.
She developed the idea of Adopt an Intern while she was working with the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP), an independent think-tank. It was considering the idea of helping unemployed college leavers but did not know how to go about it. She decided to launch it herself.
The CSPP continues to support the venture, mainly through promotions and introductions. Analysis has shown Adopt An Intern adding £10 million to the economy.