Established by Entrepreneurial Scotland, a Scottish not-for-profit which develops and connects current and future high impact entrepreneurs, the Saltire Internship Program is now accepting applications from Canadian companies.

The program matches high-potential students selected from across Scotland's universities with 8 to 12-week summer internships in entrepreneurial-minded companies worldwide, big or small.  

Students are selected through a competitive 3 stage process conducted on behalf of the host company before being presented for final interviews and selection.  They are between their 3rd and 4th year at university and come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds including business, economics, engineering, computer science, marketing and humanities. 

Application to the program is easy by submitting a project description by January 31 2020.  The costs of travel to/from Canada, local accommodations and international visa are fully covered by Entrepreneurial Scotland.  The host company commitment is max $1000/week for the duration of the placement in the months of June-Aug 2020.

The program is running in its 13th year with 94% of 2019 host companies indicating they would be willing to host again.  In 2019, over 1100 talented students applied for the program and of those, 181 were talent-matched with internships within 80+ companies across 11 countries.

What previous Host companies say:

Resource Gaps & Future Talent: “The Saltire Internship offers an opportunity to fill potential resource gaps where recruitment is not practical. Moreover, it gives us a good chance to find great young talent as possible future Novarum employees” – Niall McLaren, Head of Customer Success, Novarum Dx


Time Savings & Impact: “The work of the interns resulted in significant time savings. This kind of project is very time consuming and would have taken the Sales team out of their markets to work on these projects” – Wassim Abou Jaoude, Director of Sales, Edwards Lifesciences


Quality & Caliber of Interns: “The work of our intern would probably be equivalent to a three quarters full time employee as a fresh out of college R&D engineer. Her efforts will greatly improve the progress of the company” – James Harris, Director Sales and Technology, Presidio Medical


Overall Process: “The Saltire experience never disappoints. The enthusiasm and eager attitude of the students, their desire to serve, and their education preparation are top-notch. The program prepares them exceptionally well, and our company benefits greatly from the cultural variety and fresh points of view they bring.” –  Matthew Osborne, Sr IT Manager Financial Systems, Jabil

 If you or any company you know is interested in participating in the Saltire Internship Program, contact Mahsa Taheri in Toronto via e-mail to