Saltire Foundation Undergraduate Scholars Programme

My internship with the Saltire Foundation was one of the best experiences of my life and I urge anyone in their penultimate year of study to apply. But just what is the Saltire Foundation and how can you get involved?

What is the Saltire Foundation?
The Saltire Foundation is an independent Scottish charity who’s mission is to find, fuel and spark Scotland’s next generation of business leaders”. The charity is lead by business leaders both in Scotland and around the world.

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What is involved in the Scholars Programme?
The Scholars Programme provides a unique opportunity for students in their penultimate year of study to undergo 8-10 week internships with globally minded countries. The internships are situated both in the UK and overseas and are fully funded.

How did you find the application process?
I have to say I did find the application process challenging having never done anything like it before. There were four stages; application form, speed interview, internship application and then lastly, if successful in all the previous stages, an interview with your chosen company.

At each stage of the process I consulted RGU Careers and Employability and their help was invaluable for providing advice and building my confidence. If you’re thinking of applying I would definitely recommend reaching out to people like the careers service who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to help you succeed.

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What did you do during your internship?
During my internship I spent 8 weeks with three other Saltire Scholars living and working in San Diego for Envision Solar, a local solar technology innovation company. My fellow Marketing Intern, Niall, and I were tasked with creating a promotional video that showcased the company’s unique value proposition, with one catch – there was zero budget. We were empowered to make our own decisions, and blag it wherever we could and to this day our video still holds a place on the company website homepage.

What was the highlight of your experience?
Though we were working full-time we got the opportunity to do so many fun things so it’s hard to pin point one thing as the highlight of the trip. If I had to choose though, the things I always remember with great fondness are; a two-week road trip across America, skydiving from 12,000 feet on my last day of work, going to Disneyland and celebrating July 4th!

Any tips?
Don’t sell yourself short. Writing about yourself and actually recognising how much you’ve achieved is something we Brits seem to have great trouble with. To make your application stand out you can’t afford to be a wallflower. All your experience be it academic, work related or otherwise is valuable.

If you are interested in find out more have a look at The Saltire Foundation website, applications for 2018 will open October 2017!


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