The John Smith Centre Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme is a professional and personal development opportunity for up 50 people between the ages of 18 – 29 from minority ethnic backgrounds across Scotland.

The Programme will run from September 2021 to November 2022.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the programme will provide young people with a part-time internship for 9 months with a public sector organisation, a voluntary sector organisation or an NGO.

Through the programme, the participants will develop of a range of workplace relevant skills and an appreciation for the value of a career in public service.

Participants on the programme will receive:

  • A National Living Wage equivalent grant.
  • An allocated mentor.
  • Access to networking and employability opportunities.
  • Membership of the John Smith Centre’s Alumni Network in perpetuity.

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** Applications have now closed **

Some organisations taking part in the Programme:

Minimum eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Come from a minority ethnic background.
  • Be between the ages of 18-29 at the closing date for applications (19 July 2021).
  • Have an SQA National level 5 (or equivalent) in English.
  • Be resident in Scotland for the full duration of the Programme (from now until November 2022).
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK.

Before you apply:

1. Watch our videos to find out what we’re looking for from your online application.

2. Download our Application Pack.

3. Check out all our Programme Resources for more help with your application.


Find out more and top tips for success:

Introduction: Find out more about the Programme
Application: How to write a successful application
Interviews: How to prepare and what to expect

The Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme is generously funded by the Scottish Government.