ScotGrad Internship Success

Issued: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:09:00 GMT

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Six undergraduate students from the School recently completed 12 week internships at some of Scotland’s most innovative life sciences companies.

The ScotGrad Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme gives undergraduate students studying a life sciences degree at a Scottish university paid, relevant work experience.

‌‌The UofG students involved were Catlin McArthur (Neuroscience), Jessie Howell (Immunology), Hannah Proctor (Microbiology), Kenneth Wilson (Microbiology), Carla Johnson (Parasitology) and Craig Speirs (Pharmacology).

Pharmacology student Craig Speirs worked at PAL Technologies, helping visualise fitness and health data, and was also involved in designing a poster for an esteemed international conference. Craig said he would “recommend the programme to anyone.”

He added: “It was a straightforward application that I heard about through the careers service, and it provided a great opportunity to gain real life sciences experience. It was a relevant and paid opportunity which gave me a better appreciation of where I want to go.”

Ronnie Palin, Life Sciences Sector Manager at Skills Development Scotland, said: "In a very short space of time, this programme has proven itself a real boon to some of those employers.

“I would love to see the number of students and companies involved reach the 100 mark. It’s a personal aspiration shared by many, but the success to date of the scheme suggests there is demand for it, both from industry and the students. There is certainly scope to get the numbers up in 2018 and beyond.”

Find out about ScotGrad internship opportunities in 2018