Observation & Research in Scotland

Observation & Research in Scotland

Gain valuable internship experience, boost your resume, and spend 6 weeks in beautiful Scotland.

Our programs in Scotland have been developed with an experienced university specialist who has secured student internships in Scotland and throughout Europe for almost 20 years. Placements are within prestigious Policy Centers and Academic Institutions and Private Veterinary practices.

Applying early is strongly encouraged, as only a limited number of spots are available within each field. 

SEE PLACEMENT DESCRIPTIONS BELOW. These placements are all located in and around the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, which is the best base to both live in and to explore Scotland during your days off. Summer provides better weather to experience the beauty and history of this off-the-beaten-path location – stunning countryside, beautiful lakes and mountains and picturesque villages can all be reached easily by bus or train.

Don’t lose your spot!  Get the ball rolling by applying now for an Observation & Research program in Scotland.



May 17 – June 27, 2020

Placements are limited. Apply soon to secure your spot.

Adelante’s Observation & Research in Scotland aims to match serious students with academic observational and research assignments in a variety of different sectors. All program assignments are full-time hours: 32-40 hours a week. Weekends are free for candidates to travel and explore the beauty of Scotland.

6 Week Summer Programs are currently available in the fields of:

  • Agricultural Business (2 spots)
  • Ecology and Conservation (2 spots )
  • Horticulture & Gardening
  • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (2 spots)
  • Psychology (4 spots, 1 spot filled for 2020)
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences – Speech Pathology (2 spots)
  • Private Veterinary Practice & Surgery (1 spot)
Important News

What's Included in Your Scotland Program?

Our program includes some specific key features, here are just a few of them:

  • You will be met at the airport when you arrive in Scotland and taken directly to your housing. In the morning, all Scotland Summer participants will attend an in depth Orientation.  This is intended to allow the Research Observation candidates to get to know the Equine and Ecology study abroad students.
  • There are a variety of housing options for our Scotland program and these are dependent on the chosen research assignment. Candidates may live in shared student housing in the Edinburgh city center or in college dorm-style Residence Halls – all are fully furnished with updated amenities.
  • Observational Research Assignment – all assignments are full time hours, 32-40 hours a week, in a Scottish company, university or organization.
  • Academic credit available – check with your university.
  • Letter of Recommendation may be available upon request towards the end of the program prior to leaving Scotland.

To see a more comprehensive list of what’s included in this and all programs click here.

Is This Program Right For You?

Answer the following questions:

  • Are you an independent-minded individual?
  • Are you willing to ask questions, offer suggestions, and seek out additional research studies or projects if needed?
  • Will you be 18 years of age or older by the time you begin your program?
  • Do you speak fluent English? (This program is open to candidates worldwide)
  • Do you desire the opportunity to live and work alongside local people abroad?
  • Are you flexible and open to situations outside of your comfort zone (i.e. public transportation, new environment, different customs, and approaches to academic research and studies)?
  • Are you looking for a program duration of 6 weeks?

If you answered YES to these questions, then this program is right for you!

Please keep in mind that certain fields may have specific requirements for prior experience or studies. Our program works, for the right candidate, even if you haven’t yet begun your international travels.

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Application Process

The application deadline is 60-90 days prior to your chosen start date.

Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.

Application Deadline - March 17, 2020

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List of Fields Available in Our Madrid Internships


New student research observation opportunities are available with one of the fastest growing international provider of risk services for the food and drink supply chain. The business offers a complete range of compliance solutions for farms, fisheries, food processors, restaurants, and retailers. It operates in 40 countries across six continents and conducts over 35,000 audits and inspections each year, in addition to a range of tailored services aimed at protecting customer’s brands.

Students will have the opportunity to review and observe a variety of projects that provide quality assurance for farmers to implement. Students also will observe current work to identify, market and deploy a business plan to expand their agriculture customer base within the UK and internationally.  Students will learn about the company’s agricultural division, its research projects, case studies and various market development plans to increase food trace-ability and improve food assurance. Activities may change at the time of the student’s arrival, depending on summer priorities.

ECOLOGY (2 to 3 spots)

Ecology internship positions in Scotland involve a wide range of duties and opportunities, and candidates gain real, international hands-on experience. Candidates work with the faculty and doctoral students in the Environment and Countryside Department at a prestigious public College.   Some project examples include badger surveying in the Edinburgh countryside – surveillance of setts, mapping and reporting and tagging.  Salt Marsh Sampling – profiling of vegetation around the Forth Estuary, trying to link to anthropogenic pollution.  Collecting and processing samples with the aim of correlating geochemistry with vegetation data, then comparing with the recorded history of pollution-causing activities, such as mining. Successional relationships on contaminated salt marshes – Armeria maritima and Plantago maritima both occur within salt marshes.  The student will then grow these plants in artificially contaminated mediums to provide further evidence. Sewage sludge trials – conducting experiments on artificially polluted aspects on a field ecosystem. The student will collate previous data, as well as collecting additional information on plants, invertebrates and soils to determine relationships.  Crop yields and environmental mitigation – Beetle banks and field margins have been promoted to farmers as a means of not only increasing wildlife, but also as a way of saving money by reducing pesticide applications. However, the impact on crop yield is largely unknown. The student will conduct analyses on the benefits (or not) of these agricultural mitigation measures upon crops using transects and stratified sampling to measure predator and prey populations. CANDIDATES LIVE ON CAMPUS, IN DORMS – ALL HAVE THEIR OWN ROOMS –  FOR THESE PLACEMENTS


Students will participate in a variety of experiences in horticulture, plants and gardening at either a college or at a public garden, if available, in the Highlands.  The college placement is in the countryside outside of Edinburgh.  Students at this location will assist with the setup and displays related to Gardening Scotland, the premier Scottish National Gardening Show in Edinburgh. Students may review current summer projects, which could include the effectiveness of a compost tea system. The student will observe and assist the head gardener with any new projects, as well as typical estate duties, including the care of plants and landscaping. Students will have hands-on activities with plants every week.  Visits to local gardens and meetings with head gardeners at other estates or historical gardens also may be arranged during the student’s visit.

In the Scottish Highlands, candidates may be placed at a unique public garden dedicated to the early Scottish plant hunters. If the Research Observation is available, the student would observe and participate in various garden procedures and activities. Hands-on plants every day is part of the visit, including the traditional projects of maintenance, irrigation, mulching, planting, and labeling. Candidates also will have the opportunity to visit private and public gardens throughout the Scottish Highlands, including Gardening Scotland, one of Scotland’s major horticultural expositions.

Research placements are now available with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which operates the Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. RZSS is an international organization supporting a wide variety of research and conservation projects throughout the UK and around the world.

Situated on 82 acres and located just three miles to the west of Edinburgh city center, students accepted will observe and assist the Head Gardner with a variety of projects focusing on animal nutrition, plants that animals eat, such as bamboo, and creating plant profiles.  There are many other on-going research projects related to the RZSS, but it’s important to note that candidates would not be directly handling animals for health and security reasons. RZSS also has a strong education component, including a “Wild about Scotland” traveling bus, that goes to schools and community events.  The Zoo’s Wild Genes Laboratory works on cutting-edge genomic research.

This placement provides a unique opportunity for plant science and horticulture students as well as students in animal nutrition, zoology and habitat management.

PSYCHOLOGY (4 spots, 1 spot filled for 2020)

Research placements at a major university in Edinburgh are available for psychology students in a variety of studies that focus on forensic studies, eyewitness identification, visual-spatial working memory relating to short-term retention and manipulation of information.  Students also may have the opportunity to observe studies in the area of social and educational psychology, including social inclusion, bullying and peer rejection, depending on staff availability. Research relating to these areas of study may include but are not limited to on-going student projects, research design, review of existing research and literature review.


**New Observation & Research in Scotland** – 2 spots in Speech Pathology at a prestigious university in their graduate lab.

Calling Speech and Hearing Science students: Continue your interest in Speech and Hearing Sciences in Scotland. Six-week educational research visits are available on a competitive basis with faculty at a major university in Edinburgh. Studies include normal and disordered speech and hearing, including stuttering and stammering; memory and speech production; and hidden speech phenomena. Apply now, spots will go fast and we are first-come, first serve.


Placement at local veterinary practice & surgery involves the running a private veterinary practice and all that entails, including care of healthy, sick and injured animals, primarily dogs, cats, and some exotics.  The student here would observe a variety of veterinary surgeries and consultations, including the day-to-day duties of the clinic.  Services provided are grooming, surgeries, consults, medicine dispensing, urgent care and of course, cleaning, which is a major part of keeping a safe and professional environment. A perfect assignment for those wanting to go into private practice.  The placement is for four days a week, and the practice is a 30-minute train ride from Edinburgh.

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