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.

Applications for the 2019 Programme are now CLOSED. 

Who is it For?

Our Saltire Scholars are ambitious, energetic, 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 mind-set, and are prepared to give back in return for the opportunity afforded to them.

The Saltire Scholar programme is open to all students in their penultimate year of study at a Scottish university. In 2018, we had over 40 degree disciplines represented as part of our cohort which means whether you’re studying to be a social worker, a physicist or a historian you could have the attitude and ability to gain an internship through the programme.

Applications for the 2019 Programme are now CLOSED.

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 1000+ 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.



  • 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. 

How It Works

  • We recruit holistically based on your various skills, abilities and aspirations which allow individuals to draw on experience 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.
  • Applications for the 2019 programme are open until 11.59pm on Tuesday 13th November 2018. 
  • Saltire Scholar internships last for 8-12 weeks and begin on the second week of June.
  • All applications must be completed and submitted through our online platform which can be found here. Full details of our application process can be viewed in the video below.
  • If you have any questions regarding the programme please contact us at

What our Saltire Scholars Say

Case Studies