News, Blog March 2021

An Update on our 2021 Intern Scheme

Our Scholarship Training Officer, Gemma Manclark, gives an update on our Internship Scheme recruitment process for 2021. The fully-funded scheme was established in 2014 to help our current 3rd year Robertson Scholars enhance their C.V and gain valuable experience in the workplace before entering their final year of university.

In December 2020, we put out a call to organisations who may be interested in hosting a Robertson Scholar for our Internship Scheme this year. We asked those interested to get in touch with a job description by the end of January, and we are delighted to say that we have now received just over 90 job descriptions from organisations interested in hosting an intern this Summer.

We have a diverse variety of organisations on board; from large corporations to smaller charities. It is also great to have a range of new hosts interested in taking on a scholar for the first time this year.

We currently have 91 students who are interested in our Internship Scheme. Now that we have all the job descriptions gathered, over the coming weeks, the next steps for us will include:

  • Collating all the job descriptions that we have received and grouping these into categories based on the role, i.e. Marketing and Social Media, Law, Finance or Business.
  • Once the job descriptions have been collated, these will then be sent out to the students who are interested in these fields. Students will then have the option to put their names forward for a maximum of 3 choices.
  • Once students have made their choices, the recruitment process will then begin. Organisations will get the chance to interview the interested students and choose who they think would be best suited to the role/organisation.

Once the recruitment process is completed, we will be in a stronger position to identify any gaps – in other words, where students have specified interest in a particular field but no related job descriptions have been received.  In order to target these gaps, we are likely to run a more targeted second call-out to organisations in specific fields the coming months, sharing details on our social media channels.

In the interim, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Scholarship team if you have any questions.

Download our flyer for our internship scheme here.

Who are the Robertson scholars?

Since 1992, The Robertson Trust have identified and assisted over 1000 high achieving young Scots who have the ability but not necessarily the means to get the most out of a university education. As well as receiving a 4 year bursary award from The Trust, all Robertson scholars participate in our Journey to Success Programme which is designed as a personal development and training programme which is designed to build self-confidence, presentation skills and other career related qualities.