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 2017, 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.
The first round of applications for our 2018 Programme are now closed. We will be opening for a second round of applications on 24th January 2018.
If not for my Saltire internship, I wouldn’t have been able to approach my final year at University with as much confidence as I have done after this summer.
One of the main areas I developed over the summer was my scientific skillset. I gained a host of lab experience, being exposed to different scientific techniques, working independently, interpreting my own results and thinking critically as to their meaning and how to proceed.
Networking whilst in New York was eye opening for me. I got to speak with some big players in the office and industry; including the CEO, VP of Finance and the VP of Marketing, as well as chat to them about career paths, the responsibility of their title and innovation within the industry.
Now that I have begun my final year as a Mechanical Engineering student, this internship exposed me to the different areas within the discipline and widened my horizons to what opportunities are available.
My biggest achievement is that, at the end of the internship, my host company offered me a Marketing Analyst position with a one-year contract. The Saltire Scholar Internship Programme has given me much more than just an internship and a job as now I am part of a network that supports me in being the best I can be.
To anyone considering taking part in the programme next year I’d say go for it! You’re going to gain some invaluable experience, meet some amazing individuals and make friends for life!