KCK almunus wins Saltire internship

A FORMER Kilkenny College student has won a prestigious internship with the Saltire Foundation.

A FORMER Kilkenny College student has won a prestigious internship with the Saltire Foundation.

Dara Quane was one of 91 students to have been awarded the honour. He was offered a placement with Capital and Regional in London, where he will work in the marketing department of the renowned organisation.

Dara is a former professional Irish dancer who toured worldwide at the age of 16 as a member of Ceoltais Ceoltoiri, and competed for his country in athletics throughout his teenage years. He hopes that this business will equip him with the skills he needs to pursue a career in retail marketing – a career path he wishes to follow after completing his honours year at Napier University in 2013.

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 in such stellar international businesses as GE, Diageo, IBM and Liberty Mutual based in the United States, China, Africa and throughout the European Union, as well as in the UK.

“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,” said Sandy Kennedy, CEO of the Saltire Foundation.

“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.

“This year has seen a record number of student applications and we will be recruiting 2013 scholars from the Autumn of this year,” she said.