Former Aboyne pupil earns global internship

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A former Aboyne Academy pupil is one of 91 students from across Scotland to have gained a prestigious internship with the Saltire Foundation.

Joseph Kennedy has just completed the fourth year of his mechanical engineering studies at the University of Strathclyde. Joseph has a keen interest in scuba diving and last year was awarded a scholarship by Strathclyde University to utililse his skills to analyse the underwater effects of the recent gulf BP oil disaster while studying abroad at Louisiana State University. In accordance with Joseph’s interest in the energy sector he will be working this summer with the oil and gas provider ‘Cameron International’ in Houston, USA.

The Saltire Foundation, which was founded five years ago and is backed by the organisation GlobalScots, targets Scotland’s most talented college students, most of whom would not normally have access to such opportunities, and provides them with paid internships with international businesses.

Sandy Kennedy, CEO of the Saltire Foundation, said: “The Saltire Foundation’s innovative approach to creating a vibrant and dynamic Scottish economy centres on unlocking the country’s human potential. These high-calibre placements challenge Scotland’s top students to develop their own skills while working on projects of real significance to their host companies.

“Students often meet and engage with senior level management and gain exposure to high-level business networks. Host firms in the USA have said that the quality of Saltire Scholars is as good, if not better, than their Ivy League equivalents.”