Observation & Research Assignments in Scotland
6 WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM
May 20, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Placements are limited. Apply soon to secure your spot!
APPLICATION DEADLINE – MARCH 1, 2018
Gain Experience and Travel with an Internship in Scotland
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, 5 days a week. Weekends are free for candidates to travel and explore the beauty of 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. There is also an incredible opportunity we have created for all things Horticulture / Historic Gardening / Landscape in the idyllic town of Pitlochry – see description below. 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 Observation & Research in Scotland.
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New student research observation opportunities are available at the fastest growing provider of risk services for the food and drink supply chain. The agency 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. This agency offers a complete range of compliance solutions for farms, fisheries, food processors, restaurants and retailers. Summer placements are available in the following areas:
-Assist staff to develop ways to provide assurance for farmers to implement good practice to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance (hot topic in Europe at the moment with antibiotic use in farm animals and resistance development growing in people)
-Developing higher welfare livestock assurance modules for use in livestock work
-Assist staff to identify, market and deploy a business plan to recruit Hill and Upland beef and lamb farmers in England
CHILD DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION
CASE BY CASE basis for 2018: this means you must apply and then we submit your application to the placements in Scotland below. They will take at least 4 weeks to confirm or deny acceptance.
CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION (2 places available): Participate in a childcare program for children age 3 months to 12 years. Candidates will assist in several aspects of the program including program development and training, assisting at clubs, helping with camps. (Background check required – this can be secured either pre-program or once abroad in Scotland)
This international internship assignment takes place at a well established childcare organization that runs a wide variety of childcare facilities in Edinburgh and the Borders region. They also provide services for children with special needs. The staff manages traditional in-school and after school clubs, breakfast clubs, activity camps and traditional play programs. An excellent placement for those looking to open their own childcare facility or for developmental education majors.
ECOLOGY, CONSERVATION & HORTICULTURE
ECOLOGY (2 to 3 places available)
Ecology internship positions in Scotland involve a wide range of duties and opportunities, and to gain real, international hands on experience. Some 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. Sucessional 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.
HORTICULTURE (1 to 2 places available)
Candidates are placed in a unique public garden, in the Scottish Highlands, next to a theatre, where they will learn its history while observing and participating in various garden procedures and activities. Hands-on every day, this is hard work! Interns will assist full-time in the traditional projects of maintenance, irrigation, mulching, planting and labeling. Candidates also will have the opportunity to visit a number of private and public gardens throughout the Scottish Highlands, including Gardening Scotland, one of Scotland’s major horticultural expositions.
EQUINE CLINIC, with Equine Veterinarian
EQUINE CLINIC, with Equine veterinarian (1 spot available)
Candidates will shadow an Equine Vet located in a Riding Stable and Barn, that travels to horse owners and other stables when their horses are injured or unhealthy – this Equine Vet will take 1 candidate of ours only. Called “an ambulatory equine veterinary practice” in Edinburgh, the clinic provides service to horse, pony and donkey owners. Students would have the opportunity to observe a complete equine veterinary practice using state-of-the-art veterinary medical technology.
ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND (RZSS)
ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND (1 to 2 places available)
NEW !! Research placements are now available with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). RZSS operates the Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. This is an international organization with protection programs in place in China, Brazil, Uganda and Nepal. In Scotland the RZSS has locations in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.
Students accepted will work with the Program Leader whose main mission in all projects is to promote awareness and conservation of rare and endangered animals, and their care, including what they eat. Main projects where our interns will be assigned focus on plants, such as bamboo, and creating species profiles. There are many other on-going research projects related to the RZSS, and its important to note that candidates would not be directly handling the rare animals for health and security reasons. There is an Education component, too, including a “Wild about Scotland” travelling bus, that goes to schools and community events. Also on-site is the Wild Genes Laboratory that works on cutting-edge genomic research. Best is to visit their website to see what a boost this will give to your Resume: www.rzss.org.uk
PSYCHOLOGY (4 placements total / 3 placements filled for 2018 / 1 spot left):
Research placements at a major university in Edinburgh are available for psychology students interested in eyewitness identification, forensic studies and visual-spatial working memory relating to short term retention and manipulation of information. ** there are other projects too, each year, as this is an active dedicated university Research lab funded for a very well regarded Psychology department **
Two concrete Project descriptions that will take our candidates: 1) Eyewitness Identification and Face Memory PURPOSE Eyewitness memories are memories for criminal events, such as robberies. Many criminal convictions hinge on eyewitness identifications from police lineups, however, sometimes innocent people are identified and subsequently convicted. The primary purpose of this research is to understand how people make decisions about police lineups and faces.
2) Project on the interaction between visual-spatial memory and verbal information is designed to understand how displays of information can reduce memory load on people and make tasks easier. Research also includes studies to understand how and why people may remember more information from one side of space than the other.
VETERINARY PRACTICE (1 spot available)
Placement at local veterinary practice involves the running of a private vet 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 practices, including the day-to-day duties of the clinic, grooming and observe numerous surgeries in progress as well as 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