Research and Administration Intern with Development Trusts Association Scotland

Research and Administration Intern with Development Trusts Association Scotland

Development Trusts Association Scotland

About the Company
“Development Trusts Association (DTA) Scotland is an independent, member-led organisation which aims to promote, support and represent development trusts in Scotland. Established in 2003, DTA Scotland now has over 325 development trust members – community-led organisations using a combination of enterprise and creativity to improve the quality of life for local people in urban, rural and island communities across Scotland.

Delivered by DTA Scotland, the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS)  is funded by the Scottish Government to support communities of place and interest in the sustainable transfer of public assets into community ownership.”

Learn more about the Community Ownership Support Service here and the Development Trusts Association Scotland here

The Role
DTA Scotland is looking for a Research and Administration Intern to complete a broad range of tasks for the team, from gathering and analysing internal and external data sets, supporting the completion of day to day administration for the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) team, to planning and coordinating workshops and events.

COSS is a flexible programme providing support services to communities across Scotland and a broad range of public and third sector stakeholders.

Reporting to the COSS Programme Manager your tasks will include the following:


  • Assist in the development of research projects using internal and external data sources
  • Analysis and reporting on internal data sets.

Administration and Reporting

Support the COSS Programme Manager in the day to day administration of the COSS team by-

  • Providing a professional and friendly first point of contact for all users of the service
  • Provide regular monitoring and evaluative information on COSS work.
  • Ensure that the accuracy of the CRM system is maintained.
  • Participate in staff team meetings, including work review / planning sessions.
  • Providing a range of general and administrative functions to support the COSS adviser team


  • Assist in the upkeep of the COSS website – developing and coordinating case study materials and ensuring information is kept current.
  • Manage social media output from COSS adviser team.

Workshop and Seminar Programme

  • Contribute to the administration and organisation of the COSS and DTAS programme of training events and conferences.


There is the potential for this role to be extended by a further 6 months subject to funding.

This post will suit a motivated, confident and well organised individual who is interested in the third / community sector and would enjoy working in a small interdisciplinary team. Applications are welcome from graduates from all degree disciplines.

The COSS team comes from a wide range of backgrounds including community development, training and development, business development and regeneration. We also facilitate the Scottish Universities Land Unit (SULU) and have in-house legal support. This is a small team in which the intern will play a key role.

You should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Strong IT skills
  • Attentive to detail, efficient and flexible
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Good data gathering and analytical skills
  • Keen to work as an integral part of a small team
  • An understanding of, and commitment to addressing inequalities and promoting diversity
  • An understanding/ experience of social media
  • Understanding and/or experience of community / voluntary sector

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as doing so may negatively impact your employment opportunity.

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