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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 goal."

For further information about life sciences internships, please visit the ScotGrad website.

Source - Skills Development Scotland Website

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