Saltire Scholar Interns

The experience of being one of our Saltire Scholars will be challenging, exhilarating, rewarding 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 Scotland.

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

Who is it For?

Our Saltire Scholars are ambitious, creative and seek to challenge themselves. Through our mission to find, fuel and spark the next generation of leaders for Scotland, we are looking for individuals who are eager to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and are prepared to give back in return for their opportunity. 

The Saltire Scholar Programme is open to all students in their penultimate year of study at a Scottish university. It is open to students from all degree backgrounds which means that whether you’re studying to be a social worker, a physicist or an accountant, you could gain an internship through the programme if you prove you have the right attitude and ability.

Applications for the 2020 Saltire Scholars Programme go live on the 9th October 2019!

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How You Could Benefit


  • Undertake a project of commercial significance and deliver tangible results to your host company by applying theoretical learning in a professional environment.
  • Experience a different perspective by working in an organisation with a global focus.
  • Immerse yourself in a different culture.
  • Saltire Scholars work with some of the world’s most recognised brands and innovative companies - read some of our case studies below.
  • Engage with all levels of an organisation. Scholars regularly have access to senior management who act as mentors.


  • Become part of a Saltire Alumni network of 1200+ members.
  • Engage with Entrepreneurial Scotland’s membership network and events with Scotland’s business leaders.
  • Scholars are encouraged to fundraise and give back to our Foundation during their internship.
  • As a Saltire Scholar, you are an ambassador for the programme, your university and Scotland.
  • Create lasting and meaningful relationships with your Scholar cohort and Host Company colleagues.



  • Saltire Scholar internships are fully funded, ensuring that the opportunity is open to all students.
  • For Saltire Scholars based outside of Scotland, we cover logistical costs. Scholars based in Scotland are paid the living wage directly by the Host Company.
  • The Saltire Scholar team provide support to arrange various logistics including accommodation and flights, and are on-hand during internships should any additional support be needed.
  • We have bespoke onboarding processes for each individual to ensure all Scholars are prepared for their internship. 

Recruitment Process

At each stage, our application process views you holistically and we recruit based skill, ability and aspiration. The most successful applicants will draw on experiences from their work, university, volunteering and personal life. We urge applicants to think about their transferable skills and how these might be applied within an employment context. Below is an overview of each recruitment stage as well as a video which explains this in further detail. For more information, please follow the links to our FAQs.

Online Application

The initial online application is a series of competency-based questions. We do not ask for your grades or UCAS points at any stage of the application. All applications should be completed and submitted through our online portal. We advise that applicants seek advice from their university careers service to support their application.

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Speed Interviews

Our fast-paced and fun interview process requires you to convey your skills and experience over a short time frame.

For success at this stage, you should be confident in reasons why you are applying to the programme, and understand the skills you can bring to an employer.

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Candidate Pool

At this stage you will have the opportunity to view the employers we are partnering with and read about the internship vacancies they are recruiting for. Write a tailored CV and covering letter for each role you are interested in and the four best-suited candidates will move forward to an interview with their selected host company.

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Internship Secured

Well done – you’ve secured a Saltire Internship!

Now we will work with you to progress through all of the logistical and onboarding elements that make your internship possible. There’s a lot of information conveyed at this stage, so it’s important you understand what it being asked of you.

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What our Saltire Scholars Say

Case Studies