Saltire Scholar 2021 Programme Draws to a Close

As the summer draws to an end, so too is the 2021 Saltire Scholar Programme. Since June, 135 talented students have been interning virtually and in-person with companies located across the globe in countries including Belgium, USA, Canada, Japan as well as England and Scotland. Since day one, the Saltire Scholars have brought energy and enthusiasm to their host companies and been working on projects that will leave a lasting impact beyond the summer internship.

“We’re proud of the fact we’ve been able to get them hands on making some really key and varied decisions for us so they will have a clear lasting legacy.” Sammi Kitely, Founder, Investment Tribe

Alongside their internships, Saltire Scholars have also been benefitting from other opportunities that have furthered their learning and development, including meetings with senior employees and leading on their own projects with external clients.

I delivered a 4-hour presentation to the CEO, MD and 4 representatives of JD&Sons. I created and designed virtual reality demonstrations advising on how to lead their company’s visualisation and presentations into the future and have arranged a couple of designs into their businesses with clients like CALA homes. I started my internship with very little knowledge and have developed the skills to confidently educate the CEO of JD&Sons and multiple businesses on how to improve their future developments.” Euan Gibson-Smith, Glasgow School of Art, Group VR Strategy Intern, James Donaldson & Sons

I work very closely with my manager, who is a team leader within the department I'm working in. He has given me the responsibility of Project Managing a project between several international companies, which is very exciting. Within this, I have lead numerous meetings, I am in charge of scheduling and ensure we are on target to achieve the specified goals.” Jasmine Bowie, University of Strathclyde, Digital Innovation Project Manager Intern, GSK

The skills and qualities I am developing through this Saltire Internship will hold me in good stead for my future career. In particular, my research and presentation skills have improved massively, and Ampersand have really made me feel a valuable part of the team.” Andrew McCourt, University of Dundee, Investment Team Intern, Ampersand Capital Partners

During this internship experience, I have become a proud Saltire Scholar, networking with Scholars past and present, and enjoying following their social media takeovers and reading their blogs. The experience has been as much about making connections and learning from peers and more experienced professionals as it has been about improving my skills.” Antonia Cahill, University of St Andrews, Social Media Intern, St Andrews Society New York

After all the internships have all concluded, the Saltire Scholars will be invited to volunteer to become Brand Ambassadors to assist with the recruitment of the 2022 programme candidates. This is a fantastic opportunity to give back to the programme whilst also gaining further skills development during their final year of university.


If you would like to hear more about what the Saltire Scholar’s achieved over the summer, please join us at the virtual Return Reception on the evening of Wednesday 15th September. This celebratory event will bring together the whole cohort to recognise the transformative experience they have had over the summer and will also be attended by the programme partners, including host companies, universities and sponsors, who help make the programme possible. You can register to attend here: 2021 Saltire Scholar Return Reception Tickets, Wed 15 Sep 2021 at 18:00 | Eventbrite

Programme In Numbers

Scholars placed

in globally located host companies. Cohort gender split is 63% female, 35% male and 2% other

Host Companies

of which 30 are brand new hosts this year and 17 have links to our Board/Trustees, Saltire & EDL Alumni community

virtual internships

and 39 in-person/blended internships took place

Scottish Universities

represented in the 2021 Scholar Cohort

come from

a widening access/widening participation background

Internship Extensions

confirmed (varied lengths of 1-4 weeks)


of full-time graduate roles and part-time work during Scholars’ final year of study