YSF is pleased to guide and help any applicants interested in joining The John Smith Centre Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme.

YSF is offering to assist any applicant interested by providing a webinar on the 10th of July 2021 that will cover the following areas:

  • MEELP Application Form

  • Dos and Dont's in the interview

  • How to Prepare for the interview

  • Most common questions asked in an interview and how to answer them

To join the webinar please fill this form

John Smith Centre

The John Smith Centre is housed within the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

John Smith Centre exists to:

  • Make the positive case for politics and public service.

  • Promote civilised debate and defend representative democracy, rooted in high quality research.

  • Support people with talent, but not the means, to access politics and public life

About the Programme

The John Smith Centre Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme is a professional and personal development opportunity for up 50 minority ethnic people.

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/voluntary sector organisation, an NGO or with a politician

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.

As part of the programme, all participants will be allocated a mentor to guide, motivate and help them with their career journey. They will also receive invitations to employability opportunities at the University of Glasgow and membership of the John Smith Centre’s Alumni Network in perpetuity.

The deadline for applications is Monday 19 July 2021


Programme duration: September 2021 to November 2022

Programme participants will receive:

  • A National Living Wage equivalent grant (currently £8.91 per hour).

  • A part-time internship with a public sector organisation, a voluntary sector organisation, an NGO or a politician.

  • An allocated mentor.

  • Access to networking and employability opportunities.

  • Membership of the John Smith Centre’s Alumni Network.

Part-time Internship:

  • Length of part time internship: 9 months (October 2021 to June 2022)

  • Internship hours per week: 15 hours (flexibility of hours will be available

  • Internship place of work: Remote and/or office based (in line with local COVID-19 Scottish Government guidelines)


  • Young people aged 18-29 from minority ethnic backgrounds

  • Passionate about a career in public life

  • Eager to develop their leadership skills

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.

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK

Essential Criteria

  • An understanding of the value of public service and how it benefits society.

  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively in a team (both remotely and in person) and with members of the public.

  • Good organisational skills and the ability to manage your time effectively and work to deadlines.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills, including some experience of developing and delivering communications (i.e. reports, briefs and email communications).

  • Good research and information gathering skills.

  • Good IT skills, proficient in using Microsoft Office, in particular Word and PowerPoint, and ability to use video conferencing software (this could include MS Teams, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Google Classroom, Skype etc.).

  • Some experience of delivering a range of administrative tasks and/or customer services.

  • Ability to use own initiative, work independently and contribute new ideas.

Desirable Criteria

  • An insight into, or a personal experience of, educational disadvantage or wider disadvantage (this could include an insight into the effects of growing up in a low-income household, educational or health inequalities, experience of the care system).

  • Effective use of social media.

  • The ability to organise and assist with events/campaigns.

  • Some experience of working in an office environment.

The deadline for applications is Monday 19 July 2021

To apply to the programme click here and for more information you can visit John Smith Centre website

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