GCU students secure world-class internships with the Saltire Foundation

08 July 2014

The students gained their internships after attending an information session organised by GCU's Careers Service and completing a four stage application process

The students gained their internships after attending an information session organised by GCU's Careers Service and completing a four stage application process

Six Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) undergraduates are among students from across Scotland who have earned a place on the Saltire Foundation’s Saltire Scholars internship programme.

Holly Wilson and Kirsten Nicholson from the School of Health and Life Sciences, and Lewis McDowall, Niall McKeever, Darren Robertson, and Jeff Alexander from Glasgow School for Business and Society, will undertake internships lasting eight to 10 weeks between June and September. They will work with leading companies and organisations including GCU New York, Envision Solar, Ceridian LifeWorks, and Jabil Circuits.

International Retail Marketing student Lewis McDowall is carrying out a retail management internship with Edinburgh International Airport. He said: “I feel honoured to be awarded this internship by the Saltire Foundation. It is a fantastic opportunity and it’s great to put my academic knowledge into practical use at Edinburgh Airport.

“Not only am I helping to manage a successful retail team in the departure lounge and getting involved in the airport’s terminal expansion project, I am also working on a new Edinburgh Airport retail website, which is due to go live next month.

“The skills and experience I am building will help with my final year of studies and give me a competitive edge when I start looking for jobs after I have graduated.”

The students gained their internships after attending an information session organised by the University’s Careers Service and completing a four stage application process, which included an online application, two 15-minute interviews, and a telephone interview with the host company.

GCU’s Careers Service Manager Deborah Houston said: “We are pleased that six of our students have competed successfully against other undergraduates from universities across Scotland to secure world-class internships.

“The Saltire programme will give these students an opportunity to engage with global thought leaders and entrepreneurs and will empower them to develop life-long career management skills.”

Funded by the GlobalScot network, the Saltire Foundation is a Scottish charity whose mission is to ‘find, fuel and spark’ the next generation of business leaders in Scotland.

The Saltire Scholars internship programme gives undergraduate students, who may not otherwise have access to such opportunities, the chance to experience the working environment of highly successful firms or high growth entrepreneurial companies at home and abroad.