OPAL - surveying treesThe Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group has very active international networks, and our staff greatly value the perspectives which come from researchers from many countries.

One part of our international engagement is through hosting interns or visiting academics. We typically provide workspace and project supervision for a period of 4-8 weeks, and the intern or visitor usually gives a seminar to staff during their period of research. Often, the intern is paid for by their host institution to be based with us – this payment covers all their living costs. Unfortunately we cannot provide payment for interns or visiting researchers.

Usually an intern or research visitor is invited by a staff member in the Group. However, we also welcome approaches from researchers who would like us to consider them for a period of hosting. In order to maximise the benefits to both the visitor and the Research Group staff, it is essential that the project proposed by the visitor fits well with the work of the Group and of particular staff member(s). You can find more information about the work of our teams by browsing our Group pages.


If you are interested in exploring the possibility of being based in the Group for a short period as an intern or visiting researcher, please first email attaching:

  • a short CV/resume,
  • a one-page project outline,
  • and a short cover letter explaining why you feel you would benefit from being hosted by our Group.


Please see below for testimonials from other interns who have been based in our Group in 2013:

"I learnt how to work in a team in English. It was also a great pleasure to talk with the local PhD students and learn from their work. It was not only a good professional experience but also a great personal moment to discover Edinburgh."

Benjamin Dequiedt

"I learnt more about food consumption and how to use econometrics in this area."

Lena Bazin

"I learnt a lot about econometrics and consumers' behaviour and that will be really useful for me because I would like to work in marketing. I would recommend other students to apply for an internship at SRUC."

Marine Fontana

"This experience helped me to learn to redact correctly economic reports in English, and to comprehend agri-food supply chains in systemic view."

Ingrid Maincent

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Address: Land Economy, Environment & Society, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4335

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