Intern success for entrepreneurial students

More than a dozen Edinburgh students have secured summer internships through a Scottish scholarship programme.

In total, 14 undergraduates have won places in Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Saltire Scholar programme, in locations such as Hong Kong, Boston and California.

Interns from a range of disciplines will take part in the initiative, which aims to foster future business leaders.

Varied placements

Evangelos Kafantaris, a student of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, will be an engineering intern for the Intersil Corporation in Milpitas, California, while Gregor McCreadie, who is studying Computer Science, will become a digital strategy intern for the New England Historic Genealogy Society in Boston.

Zoe Karamanide, a Physics undergraduate, will work on laser performance characterisation for Coherent in Santa Clara, also in California.

Other students will stay closer to home, including Mike Walmsley, a Theoretical Physics student, who will analyse and plan new aviation routes for Edinburgh Airport.

Rebecca Allan, a Sociology undergraduate, will work on regional communications for Jabil Circuit in Livingston.

Henry Anderson, who is studying History and Politics, will be putting together investment cases, and mapping their impact on the wider community, for Social Investment Scotland in Edinburgh.

Fostering future leaders

The internships are funded through host companies and supporters and donors of the Saltire Foundation charity.

The University supports Edinburgh students taking part with funding of £2000 each.

Saltire Scholarships are open to undergraduate students in Scotland in their penultimate year of study.

This year 144 students will benefit from the scheme, with participation from 59 host companies around the world.

From entrepreneurial start-ups based in Silicon Valley to global corporates in Singapore, there is no other internship programme that identifies, connects and invests in Scotland’s potential in such a holistic way.

Sandy KennedyChief Executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland and the Saltire Foundation

Saltire Foundation blog

Interns will be blogging about their experiences over the summer.