Saltire Scholar Internship Programme

We match high-potential undergraduates from Scottish universities with leading global and entrepreneurial companies, charities, social enterprises, and small and medium sized enterprises - from Glasgow to San Francisco to Japan.

Student applications for the 2020 Saltire Scholars Programme are now CLOSED!

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2018 Saltire Scholars

Our world-class internship programme prepares university students in their penultimate year of study by undertaking commercially valuable projects in Scotland and all over the world. We enable Scholars to take the next step in their development by providing them with a global perspective, encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset, and growing their confidence through valuable professional work experience. In 2019, we partnered with 83 organisations who hosted 181 Saltire Scholars. This spanned across 11 countries and in 61 different towns and cities.

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Our History

Founded and nurtured by the GlobalScot network in 2007, the Saltire Scholar programme was created to find, fuel and spark the next generation of leaders in Scotland. This visionary group wanted the programme to deliver internships that would provide students with:

  • increased confidence and ambition
  • a global perspective
  • the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals
  • awareness of transferable skills
  • an entrepreneurial mind-set

Equipped with the skills and experience from these world-class internships, Saltire Scholars return to their final year of university with a renewed sense of ambition and capability of being the next generation of leaders in Scotland. We believe these attributes will help Scottish businesses compete on a global stage and enable the economy to grow.

In April 2014, the Saltire Foundation, alongside the Entrepreneurial Exchange, became founding partners in the creation of Entrepreneurial Scotland. The Saltire Scholars programme now forms an integral part of the organisation's mission to inspire, develop and connect Scotland's current and future leaders to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world.

Saltire Scholar Interns


The experience of being one of our Saltire Scholars will be challenging, exhilarating, rewarding, social and fun, and for many it can be life changing. We are looking for passionate candidates with the capability of being the next generation of leaders and those who can be ambassadors for Saltire programmes and for Scotland.

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Saltire Scholar Host Companies

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.

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Saltire Scholar Sponsors

By becoming a Saltire Scholar sponsor you play a vital role in expanding the opportunities available to the next generation of leaders in Scotland. This in turn ensures the continued success of Saltire programmes in the future.

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