A former Mackie Academy student, Laura Paterson, is one of ninety one students from across Scotland to have gained a prestigious internship with the Saltire Foundation. After summer Laura will be entering her final year as a Fashion and Marketing student at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Throughout her academic career Laura has had exposure to lots of different opportunities. Last summer she studied at one of top ranked business schools in France and has worked for Scotland’s award winning fashion and lifestyle communications agency, Hartmann Media.
She credits these experiences with enabling her to secure a Saltire Foundation placement fighting off stiff competition from numerous other students. Over summer Laura will be based in London undertaking a placement with Scottish Equity Partnership.
The Saltire Foundation, which was founded five years ago and is backed by the organisation GlobalScots, targets Scotland’s most talented college students, most of whom would not normally have access to such opportunities, and provides them with paid internships in such stellar international businesses as GE, Diageo, IBM and Liberty Mutual based in the United States, China, Africa and throughout the European Union, as well as in the UK.
Sandy Kennedy, CEO of the Saltire Foundation, said: “The Saltire Foundation’s innovative approach to creating a vibrant and dynamic Scottish economy centres on unlocking the country’s human potential. 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 has seen a record number of student applications and we will be recruiting 2013 scholars from the Autumn of this year.”