The Scottish Internship Graduate Certificate (SIGC)

The Scottish Internship Graduate Certificate (SIGC) is an eight month long course combining a six month internship with career management learning.

Aims of the Programme

SIGC aims to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and practical experience necessary to enhance your employability. It is aimed at graduates with all levels of work experience, whether you are looking to launch your career, seeking ways to further develop your career path or gain experience in a new area / sector. 

The modules which comprise the programme are designed to help you to: 

"I’d encourage any graduate who is unsure of what to do next [to take this programme] – it’s a great way to build confidence and gain valuable experience."
SIGC Student 2012

Programme Content

The programme consists of two credit-bearing modules: 

Module 1: Preparation and Planning (20 credits):
This module, commencing in January, is a 6 week intensive University-based course taken prior to the internship. This module aims to enhance your self-awareness, career management skills and understanding of the world of work and thus prepare you for your internship. You will participate in highly interactive learning sessions where you will explore topics such as project management, team working, commercial awareness, networking and presentation skills. 

Module 2: Internship and Development (40 credits):
This module combines the full-time 6 month internship placement with further developmental learning which will help equip you with all the career planning skills you need to search for your next job or opportunity and to manage your career into the future. 

Internship Placement:
Prior to the beginning of the programme, students will be carefully matched to an internship opportunity which relates to their degree and/or complements their career aspirations. Past internships have included: Management, IT and Computer Games, Engineering, HR, Environmental, Marketing, Life Science, Design, Social Research, Events Management and Culture. During the internship, you will undertake work which is beneficial to your placement host and which also helps you to develop or make full use of your skills, knowledge and experience.

Training allowances of a minimum of £371 per month for each month of the placement are attached to all internships; however, some employers may offer more.

Internship placements will commence at the end of February and last for 6 months. Throughout their internship, students will be given appropriate support from workplace supervisors and university tutors. 

Module content:
The internship experience will be enhanced by continual learning delivered by a mix of online distance learning and on-campus 'call-back' days. Topics covered will include creating a winning CV, succeeding at interviews and making a professional impact. 

Methods of Teaching and Assessment:
Throughout the programme learning and teaching will be based around intensive, face-to-face highly interactive and participatory lectures, seminars and tutorials. Additionally, students will use MyDundee, the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to enhance and extend their learning. Assessment is by continual assessment, there are no exams for this programme. 

Module 1: Preparation and Planning

Module 1 is a full time on-campus module which will largely take the form of interactive seminars and workshops from 10am - 4pm from Monday to Friday. 

Assessment will be via:

Module 2: Internship Placement

This module will be delivered by a mix of distance learning and on-campus 'call-back' days:

Assessment will be via:

Entry Requirements

Who is eligible to apply for the Scottish Internship Graduate Certificate?

There are three application deadlines - 30th May, 26th September and 22nd November 2013. For an application form and information about course fees click here. 

Number of Places on the course: 10 - 25.

Application Process

All application should be made via UKPASS

There are three application deadlines - 30th May, 26th September and 22nd November 2013. 

With the application form, you MUST upload or send under a separate cover the following:

  • • If you are an international candidate; a proof of your eligibility to work in the UK (e.g. copy or scan of your visa).
  • • If English is not your first language; certificates for English Language tests/qualifications.

Funding

Training allowances of a minimum of £371 per month for each month of the placement are attached to all internships; however, some employers may offer more.

You may be eligible for additional funds from the Part-time Fee Grant from SAAS. For more information click here.

 

Career Opportunities

As the UK employment market becomes ever more competitive, internships provide a vital route to graduate recruitment. SIGC suits graduates with all levels of work experience from those looking to launch their careers to those seeking ways to further develop their career path or gain experience in a new area / sector.

Past participants in the programme have benefited from a real advantage in the UK graduate recruitment market by gaining valuable hands on experience within their sector. Many of our graduates have found paid positions with their internship organisations. Others have gone on to prestigious graduate recruitment schemes or found graduate work locally. Some have also chosen to pursue further study or have sought further internship experience.

The exact nature of career opportunities will be dependent on previous qualifications, experience and career aspirations of individual students. However, it is expected that SIGC will significantly boost student employability and career prospects in a variety of sectors

Previous internships included projects in Management, IT and Computer Games, Engineering, HR, Environmental, Marketing, Life Science, Design, Social Research, Events Management and Culture.

My internship at Aviva gave me the opportunity to work for a multi-national financial organisation. With my IT and Information Processing background, I gained experience in Information Management and was involved in implementing new information management strategies to enhance the business performance of the whole organisation. It was a huge challenge, but incredibly rewarding.
SIGC student 2010

I worked for NUS Scotland, which is recognised by the Scottish Parliament as the key voice of students in Scotland. I became a political researcher and completed several of my own projects. I produced research papers and delivered presentations – one presentation was in Brussels at the European Parliament! I have developed my research skills immensely and learnt a great deal about working in a professional environment.
SIGC student 2011 


Course Fees

The fees for 2013-14 are £1,900 for UK and EU students and £2,800 for International students. 


  • Course Contact
  • Sophie Morrison
  • Telephone: 01382 384 017 (from the UK)
    Telephone: +44 1382 384 017 (from outside the UK)
    Fax: 01382 384 116 (from the UK)
    Fax: +44 1382 384 116 (from outside the UK)
    SIGC
  • Admissions Contact
  • Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions and Student Recruitment
    University of Dundee
  • Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN, Scotland
  • Telephone: 01382 384 162 (from the UK)
    Telephone: +44 1382 384 162 (from outside the UK)
    Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
    Fax: +44 1382 385 500
    Postgraduate Admissions Postgraduate SIGC
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