Life Science Student Internships 2017
2 October 2017
Life science students from all over Scotland descended on
Glasgow Caledonia University (GCU) this week to celebrate the
completion of their 12-week internships at some of Scotland's most
innovative science firms.
The Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme started in 2014
with only seven interns. In 2017 it involved 33 students chosen
from more than 1000 applications for the prestigious and paid
places, and to-date 34 companies have benefitted from the extra
resources and fresh perspectives provided by the students.
Despite this incredible growth and success, Ronnie Palin, Life
Sciences Sector Manager at SDS, believes more can and still needs
to be done.
"Scotland enjoys one of the largest life science clusters in
Europe with more than 700 life sciences organisations employing
more than 30,000 people. In a very short space of time, this
programme has proven itself a real boon to some of those
employers," he said.
"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."
Ronnie added that the programme was only possible thanks to true
partnership working. "None of this would be possible if the
University careers service AGCAS, the innovation centres, the
universities, Scottish Enterprise and industry itself didn't work
together to make it happen. It just shows what can be achieved when
you have a coalition of willing partners working to a common
For further information about life sciences internships, please
visit the ScotGrad
Source - Skills Development Scotland