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!Read our FAQs
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.Read our FAQs
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.Read our FAQs
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.Read our FAQs
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.Read our FAQs
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!
Gaining an internship with the Saltire Scholar Programme has been more than a summer placement. I have built a long lasting network of friends and connections that will be of paramount importance to me in my future career.