Record intake for Saltire

Record intake for Saltire by ES

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Record Breaking Year for Scotland’s Leading Internship Programme

A record number of undergraduates are bidding to take part in Scotland’s top internship programme which will see students sent all over the world in 2018 to learn from the top business brains.

Entrepreneurial Scotland has received a record 1,242 applications for its 2018 Saltire Scholar Internship Programme – the highest number in the history of the programme.

In the 10th year of the programme, Entrepreneurial Scotland is celebrating a 35% increase in applications over the previous year (916 applications in 2017) guaranteeing they have top quality candidates from across Scotland for every internship project offered.

Scotland’s leading internship programme has grown significantly since it launched in 2007 with just six participants. In summer 2018 it is forecast to facilitate 185 internships between Scotland’s most talented students and leading organisations all over the world.

Sara Nelson, Head of Saltire Scholar Internship programme, said:

“The Scholar team is delighted to have received the highest number of applications to our programme in our 10 year history. The Saltire Scholar Internship Programme gives penultimate year university students in Scotland the opportunity to take part in commercially-significant work experience around the world.

“We encourage our participants to exercise every entrepreneurial bone in their bodies when working within our host companies to demonstrate new perspectives and fresh thinking. That a record number of students from Scottish universities identify this as an aspirational experience is a boost for our mission to see Scotland become the most entrepreneurial society in the world.”

Emily Breen, 2017 Scholar at Zenflow, San Francisco, California:

“A Saltire Scholar Internship is unique in that it provides the best of both worlds: personal and professional. This summer I have had amazing experiences outside of the office and met some amazing people but I have also been able to contribute to a start-up at the cutting edge of medical technology and work closely with its senior engineers and founder –  an experience that I would not have been able to have through any other programme.”

The Saltire Scholar Programme offers fully funded internship opportunities to penultimate year undergraduate students from Scottish universities.  Saltire Scholar internships provide Scotland’s most talented individuals with the opportunity to work with leading organisations and work alongside global thought leaders, providing them with the experience required to establish their careers and create the next generation of business leaders for Scotland.