Heriot-Watt students secure prestigious Saltire Foundation internships

Heriot-Watt students who won Saltire Foundation internships for 2012 (photography courtesy of Simona Schirru)

This summer 10 undergraduate students from the School of Management and Languages, the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and the School of Life Sciences are among 90 students from across Scotland who are embarking on fully funded Saltire Foundation internships with leading multinational companies around the world.

The Saltire Foundation's inspirational internship programme targets Scotland's most talented undergraduates, most of whom would not normally have access to these types of opportunities. The 90 paid placements are with companies such as Jabil Circuit, Liberty Mutual, GE and Diageo and are based all around the world including China, Africa, USA and Europe.

The placements challenge students to develop their own skills while working on projects of real significance to their host companies.

The highly competitive application process focuses on merit and potential and is open to all students in their penultimate year at a Scottish university who have not previously had similar experiences.

Heriot-Wat students on the programme this year are:

School of Management and Languages:

  • Katrina Barry, Business Management with Marketing - Brodies LLP in Edinburgh
  • Brittany Brown, Economics and Business Law - Jabil Circuit in Florida, USA
  • Sarah Gregg, Accountancy & Finance - Citigroup in Manila, Philippines
  • Jack Richardson, Economics and Finance - Edrington Group in New York, USA
  • Monika Strek, Management - Barclays Wealth in Singapore

School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences:

  • Emma Denman, Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science - Amazon in Luxembourg
  • Lucy Stone Lucy, Mathematics with Psychology - GE Oil and Gas
  • Katie McGrath, Actuarial Science - Giles Insurance in London
  • Joanne Greener, Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Science - Liberty Mutual

School of Life Sciences:

  • Adrian Curtis, Biology - William Grant

Investing in tomorrow's leaders

The outstanding achievements of the programme's alumni demonstrate that investing in tomorrow's leaders early in their careers will develop a global perspective that pays dividends to the Scottish economy in the medium to long-term.

Sandy Kennedy, CEO of the Saltire Foundation, said: "These high-calibre placements challenge Scotland's top students to develop their own skills while working on projects of real significance to their host companies. Students often meet and engage with senior level management and gain exposure to high-level business networks. Host firms in the USA have said that the quality of Saltire Scholars is as good, if not better, than their Ivy League equivalents."

This year saw a record number of student applications and the Saltire Foundation will be recruiting 2013 scholars from the Autumn of this year.