Third Sector Internship Scotland

Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS) is an innovative and collaborative partnership between higher education and the third sector, which helps students to find paid work experience in the Third Sector. Through the TSIS programme, students are offered outstanding opportunities to develop their skills and experience whilst making meaningful contribution to charities, social enterprises and voluntary organizations.

The TSIS programme covers five core areas of activity

  • Internship development
  • Recognising achievement and promoting reflective practice
  • Employer engagement and support
  • Developing resources and relationships for sustainability
  • Learning, evaluation and dissemination

Valeria Macchia, Edinburgh, Winter 2014/ Spring 2015

My internship as Education Resource Development in The River Forth Fisheries Trust has been a very rewarding experience. My duties included to develop a more integrated education programme which covered all school ages from P1 to S6 and a wider range of subjects related to the water environment, including, life cycle of fish (salmon and trout in particular) and other freshwater bodies together with interlinks to the Curriculum for Excellence at each stage. I have acquired a great amount of knowledge of the existing education tools used by the Forth Fisheries Trust as well as Non-Government Organisations (such as the Water of Leith Conservation Centre, Edinburgh). I have developed my research skills and analyzed data and linkages to develop a practical outcome. Moreover I had experience of alternative publication methods for distribution of the completed work that included web publishing.

The internship was a truly enriching experience. Aside from improving my professional skills I also developed my interpersonal skills, working and interacting with individuals from many different background as well as learning from my colleagues that have a vast knowledge in environmental management strategies, which is one of the areas of study that I would like to undertake in my future studies.