Careers Advice

Get ready for summer now!

Even though there is still a chill in the air it is time to “spring” into action and secure your ideal placement for the summer!

Published: 17/02/2017

While the weather is still a bit frosty some of the ScotGrad’s student placement opportunities are already available on our website. So cast your mind forward a couple of months and start thinking about how you can set yourself apart by undertaking a placement this summer. As well as the warmer temperatures (hopefully), the break between university terms is a great time to focus on getting some work experience to bolster your CV. Here are the placements we’ve got on offer this summer:

Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme

The Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme gives students paid, relevant work experience in the life sciences sector. Placements last from ten to twelve weeks between June and September each year. Opportunities for the 2017 programme are being advertised from now until the end of February.


This programme is for undergraduate students in first, second or third year, who are studying a Life Science degree at a Scottish university.  Only students studying on eligible courses can apply. The full list of courses is available on our dedicated Scottish Life Sciences Internship Programme page.


Read about our previous cohort's experiences on our success stories page.


Student placements in the Highland and Islands

In the Highlands and Islands, ScotGrad delivers the Student Placement Programme on behalf of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). This programme offers paid placements to students who wish to gain experience between June and September and will be returning back to their studies after the summer.

These eight to 12 week placements are available in all sectors and give you an excellent opportunity work on a project focusing on either innovation, internationalisation, process improvement, product development or utilising digital opportunities.

Amanda Nicolson, currently studying at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, returned home to the Isle of Lewis last summer to undertake her summer placement with Hebridean Spa Ltd. Find out more about her placement here.

Gaelic summer placements in the Highlands and Islands

The Gaelic Summer Placement Programme is similar to the above, but you must be fluent in both written and spoken Gaelic as your placement project will be related to maximising Gaelic as an economic asset for the host organisation.

Diane Bruce completed a Gaelic placement last year with Fèisean nan Gàidheal, you can read about her experience here.

If you are successfully placed on a student placement in the Highlands and Islands, you will attend the two day ScotGrad Residential Training Course free of charge to sharpen your business skills. Watch this short video to hear more students talk about their placements and training.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out our student  placements today. Make sure you also register and sign up for placement alert to make sure you don’t miss out!