Observation & Research
in Scotland

Assignments in Scotland

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

2022 Dates: June 19 - July 30

Apply Now for 2022!

We are accepting waitlist for programs that are already full for 2022

Our programs in Scotland have been developed with an experienced university specialist who has secured student Research & Observation assignments 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. 

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.

Observation & Research in Scotland

6 Week Summer Program in Scotland starting Mid-May


(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.


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 (4 spots – 1 spots available for 2022)

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.

Included is one week on the Isle of Rum, a very remote island off the coast of Scotland. Students also will have a week at Greag Meagiadth National Nature Reserve, research with Forest and Land Scotland and, research at SRUC-Oatridge.



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.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (1 spot )

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.


Research placements at a major university in Edinburgh are available for psychology students interested in experimental forensic psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and/or educational psychology. Placement supervisors have expertise in eyewitness identification and face recognition; visual-spatial working memory relating to short-term retention and manipulation of information; and social inclusion, bullying, and peer rejection. Please note that which areas of supervision are available depends on staff availability for that year. Activities relating to these areas of research may include but are not limited to assisting with data collection for on-going projects, research design, creation of study materials, and reviewing existing research.

Research Area 1

Researchers are looking at… 

1. how the decision processes of eyewitnesses are affected by cognitive conditions (e.g., presence of a weapon during the crime) and social conditions (e.g., police interactions), 

2. how we can improve lineup procedures (e.g., what should we do when a suspect has a tattoo?), and 

3. methods of collecting eyewitness confidence to maximize its ability to predict identification accuracy (e.g., can we use a technique without numbers or words?). 

Students can expect training and experience with experimental designs, the preparation, and maintenance of research projects (e.g., creating stimuli, editing images and videos, programming experiments), and coding data. Depending on the year, students may also have the opportunity to assist with data collection and/or data analyses and to do a presentation. 

Research Area 2

Research in the area of educational psychology, with two key research strands. One strand concerns bias-based discrimination in elementary school children and interventions that may help to reduce this. The other strand concerns the role of student identity and social justice on student performance outcomes and wellbeing, in the higher education sector. Adelante students interested in these areas would begin by working on existing data sets and literature reviews in order to address key research questions.


**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 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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Observation & Research in Scotland

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 - April 19, 2022

Program Fee

6-Week Summer Program:
$ 4,950

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Observation & Research in Scotland

What's Included in Your Scotland Program?

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

  • You will receive a letter of acceptance from both Scotland and Adelante Headquarters. 
  • 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 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 and 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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