Host A Scholar

Host companies partner with us because we have a robust selection process that identifies individuals who are consistently cited as the top talent within Scottish universities. Our Saltire Scholars bring fresh perspectives, new ideas and the latest vocational training to undertake commercially viable projects within our host companies....

Why Host a Saltire Scholar

  • Access Saltire Scholars who are selected for being the top talent within their universities and have the potential to be the next generation of leaders.
  • Provide a transformational opportunity for a Saltire Scholar. For many of them, this will be their first professional work experience.
  • Fill your organisation's skills gaps by engaging with capable and committed individuals.
  • Saltire Scholars bring a new energy and enthusiasm to your team; leaving a lasting beneficial effect on your organisation.
  • Create a pipeline of future talent for your organisation.

Our Hosts

Our Hosts

Nicola Brown

Nicola Brown

Carrick Management

Carrick Management is a Dundee-based specialist in business improvement, we are fundamentally entrepreneurial in our approach to creating better outcomes for our colleagues. Bringing international expertise to the local economy is a huge part of our aim; nurturing and developing the talent that already exists and preparing them for the future.

Our approach is simple – we work together with colleague businesses, identifying the areas in which improvements can be made in the areas of culture, structure, strategy and finance.

In 2020, Carrick Management welcomed their first Saltire Scholar to their premises in Dundee, to undertake an internship in Business Development.

The Scholar was hosted by Carrick's development Director, Nicola Brown, who was a Saltire Scholar in 2011.

"In 2011 I travelled to Houston, Texas to work with Wood Group where I undertook work through the business development and corporate communications departments and learned what it was like to work as part of a corporate organisation whilst building my confidence in my own abilities. The experience taught me about the need for entrepreneurship in every organisation size.

As Development Director at Carrick Management I knew how valuable the Saltire experience was in my career development and I was keen to provide an opportunity through the foundation to aid in developing future business leaders here in Scotland. The experience of hosting a Saltire Scholar has been fantastic, it allowed for a fresh perspective to be provided and has been delightful to see the development and confidence of the Saltire Intern grow through their work on projects for Carrick Management." Nicola Brown, Development Director, Carrick Management, Dundee, Scotland."

Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Ampsersand Capital

Ampersand is a middle market private equity firm focused on growth equity investments in the healthcare sector. We invest $10 to $50 million into companies with recurring commercial revenues with strong growth prospects. Core sectors for investment include: contract pharmaceutical services; medical components and devices; specialty diagnostic laboratories; laboratory consumables and instrumentation; specialty pharmaceuticals; nutraceuticals; and healthcare services.

Ampersand have been hosting Saltire Scholars at their Massachusetts-based, USA office since 2017 and in 2020, the team in Amsterdam in The Netherlands also joined the programme as a Host Company.

Scott Anderson was a Saltire Scholar with Ampersand Capital in Wellesley, MA, USA in 2017. Scott is now an Associate of the Company at their Amsterdam office and supported Ampersand's 2020 Saltire Scholar.

“I am incredibly fortunate to have been a Saltire Scholar. The programme is highly differentiated from any other internship scheme, offering internship roles unlike others available via different routes. It was a highly rewarding experience which gave me a head start in my career - I could not recommend it highly enough.

After graduating I was offered a role at my host organisation and now, a few years later, I have had the opportunity to see it from the other side and host a Scholar. The process was smooth and the choice of candidates was excellent. The project itself was very successful and as a host it felt great to give back to the programme by offering an opportunity similar to that which I was afforded and am still very grateful for.” Scott J. Anderson, Ampersand Capital Partners, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

"As a neuroscience student, my aim was to find ways in which I could combine science with business. Through Entrepreneurial Scotland I was able to secure an internship that introduced me to private equity, an entirely new field for me, and I was included in many different projects on a professional level. This made it a unique and challenging, but thoroughly enjoyable experience.I was lucky enough to have a previous Saltire Scholar as my supervisor. This meant that he understood my position and set me tasks that were appropriate for my level of experience, as well as always taking time to help out with any questions I had. It was inspiring to see such a practical way to give back to the Saltire foundation, and I hope to one day do the same for a future Saltire Scholar." Hanneke MacLaren, 2020 Saltire Scholar, Ampersand Capital Partners, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr Robert Hairstans

Dr Robert Hairstans

Edinburgh Napier University

The Edinburgh Napier University, Built Environment Exchange (BeX) is a platform approach to accelerating change in construction culture developing dynamic talent and delivering experiential learning opportunities. It creates opportunities for International and Master Scholarship Support as well as employability projects in addition to delivering a programme of learning to develop leadership, entrepreneurship and commercial skills. BeX is open for competitive application to all students at final year level wishing pursue a career that will deliver a more sustainable built environment. Open access creates an opportunity for multidisciplinary learning and collaboration.

BeX has been working with the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation and the Saltire Scholar programme to place students with international University partners including Washington State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst in the USA and the University of Alberta and University of Laval in Canada. The emphasis of these innovation internship has been offsite construction, industrialise timber technologies and digitisation for the improved delivery of the built environment.

The strategic objective of the beX programme is “to accelerate change in construction culture via the next generation of built environment professionals.”

"A highlight that sticks with me is the interviews we conducted. It was a massive privilege to talk to people who have been at the very top of their fields for decades. Very important people who still made time to chat to us. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from their vast knowledge and an enjoyable new way of learning. It was an amazing networking opportunity too!" Calum Stuart, 2019 Scholar, beX Internship, Washington State University, USA.

Eilidh Dillon

Eilidh Dillon


GSK has a challenging and inspiring mission: to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. This mission gives us the purpose to develop innovative medicines and products that help millions of people around the world.

Eilidh Dillon was a Saltire Scholar with GlaxoSmithKline at their Montrose site in 2010 and she is now Chief of Staff & GPS Lead at GSK's Vaccines site in Belgium.

Since 2011, Eilidh has lead on securing 101 internships for Saltire Scholars at 13 GSK sites in the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA.

Our Scholars

Timothy Kirya

Timothy Kirya

Marketing Design Intern (Virtual). Moving Analytics, Los Angeles, USA.

Timothy is a student at Glasgow Caledonian University about to enter his final year studying BSc (Hons) Digital Design. Having secured a Marketing Design internship with Los Angeles based host company, Moving Analytics, Timothy was one of the first Scholars in the history of the Programme to undertake a Virtual internship in 2020.

When Timothy moved to Glasgow in 2016 he described the local culture as vibrant and diverse and found that he was able to involve himself in community-based programmes which helped him to settle in and build relationships. Timothy was later provided with the opportunity to give back to those who had initially supported him by volunteering his time to assist on various multi-media projects at his Church.

Timothy is passionate about community and is inspired to encourage other young people to unlock their creativity and to follow their dreams. As a creative person Timothy feels an obligation to use his skillset to communicate culture and values whilst also positively impacting businesses and society.

When reflecting on his internship experience Timothy stated that his confidence has increased significantly and that the commercial significance of his project was very important to him when he applied. He would tell future applicants that the experiences and the opportunities you gain really are worth it and if it were not for the Saltire Scholar Programme he would still be unsure about his career path.

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

Accounts and Tender Mapping Intern. Edwards LifeSciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Elizabeth is currently studying at the University of Stirling, in the final year of her BSc (Hons) degree in Management. She secured her placement with Edwards LifeSciences as an Accounts & Tender Mapping Project Intern, and was one of the small number of Saltire Scholars whose international roles were able to go ahead in person in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic made global travel decidedly more complicated. Her internship was situated in Prague, Czech Republic, where she worked alongside another Scholar.

Elizabeth completed several projects at Edwards, such as gathering tender information by contacting the company’s distributers, and researching the various heart-surgery based charities and virtual communities that exist in over 12 different countries. Along with her co-Scholar, she was invited to present these findings to Management.

Elizabeth noted that the Saltire Scholar Programme was the ideal fit for her over other internship programmes as it is so different from other opportunities: she progressed through the recruitment as she was assessed on her capabilities and skills, not her amount of work experience.

Looking back on her internship, Elizabeth describes it as life-changing, as she was surrounded with an adaptive and innovative business culture that was pulling through the challenges of Covid-19. She would tell other students that it was one of the best decisions she has ever made, and that it was invigorating to undertake something she had never experienced before and to know that she was going to make it the best it could be.

Ennis McCreadie

Ennis McCreadie

Intelligent Grid Intern. Intelligent Growth Solutions, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ennis is a student at the University of Aberdeen studying for an LLB in Law and has just entered the final year of his degree. Over the summer, Ennis secured an internship with Scottish based agri-tech firm, Intelligent Growth Solutions, as an Intelligent Grid Intern. During this role he had the chance to carry out market research from the comfort of his own home, with industry experts in the UK, Mexico, Canada and Norway. In addition, he had the opportunity to carry out an on-site visit to the company’s first vertical farm in Scotland.

Passionate about giving back, Ennis has previously spent time volunteering in Lourdes taking care of children with special needs and also worked with Aberdeen City Council, giving out free legal advice to the public.

He was first attracted to his host company due to his background in geography and interest in making agricultural systems smarter and more renewable. However he was also keen to explore the company from the perspective of a Law student and ensure he provided a great service by using his passion for learning to get to know the company inside-out.

Ennis states that his internship experience has improved a variety of his skills including marketing, mathematics, sales, politics, communication and good time management. The key deliverables that he produced for his host company will assist them in valuing the worldwide market for a new product.

Sam Grant

Sam Grant

VR Artist Intern (Virtual), Crescent Inc, Tokyo, Japan

Sam is a BA (Hons) Game Design & Production student at Abertay University, now in his final year, and he was one of the very first Scholars to be confirmed in the 2020 Cohort. What was an internship placement initially based at image engineering experts Crescent Inc in Tokyo became a virtual role from his home in Scotland, working closely with the company’s UK branch, DigiCast UK, as a VR Artist.

Sam’s project involved him being a trainee within the company, through which he learned about many aspects of the team’s work, from modelling, to rigging, to animation. Through this project Sam feels he has grown in many professional aspects, such as communication through Zoom calls and emails, something he previously struggled with before the internship. His understanding of many processes in the industry has expanded, understanding he sees as crucial given his career aspirations.

When reviewing his time spent as a Saltire Scholar, Sam feels extremely lucky to have been able to work with the DigiCast team, which would not have happened had the trip to Tokyo been possible. His internship has changed his outlook on himself and his ambitions. Without it, he wouldn’t be as well-rounded a creator as he is now.