A FORMER Glenrothes young citizen of the year has won a prestigious internship in the United States.
Nicola Thomson will be working for the Wood Group, a leading international energy services company, employing more than 34,000 people worldwide and operating in 50 countries.
She will be based in Houston, Texas through the link-up which has been organised by the Saltire Foundation in an attempt to develop young people to become leaders of the future
The internship will last for eight weeks, during which she will develop her business skills working with a real business on real projects.
Her ambition to win one started several years ago.
While in sixth year at Auchmuty High, Nicola attended the Institute of Directors’ annual conference as part of the school’s young enterprise team.
On watching Nicola in action, a representative of the foundation provided herwith information about the undergraduate programme it offers.
Following this contact Nicola decided to expand her business skills and experience through the placement and her third year at university allowed time for access to it.
She now looks forward to a summer in Houston where she will be challenged and the experience will boost her confidence in her ability in the workplace.
She said: “I am delighted that I will be spending my summer working with The Wood Group.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to gain experience abroad and I am looking forward to a challenging, rewarding summer.”
Nicola has had a successful year studying at Abertay in Dundee, during which she received the Lothian Family Award for her commitment to the business school at the annual prize-giving ceremony.
She also took part in the European Business Masters Cup, a management simulation, earlier in the year, which allowed business knowledge to be put into practice, letting students have a more practical learning experience.
Nicola, a Markinch parish Church member, was part of the team of four that will be travelling to Stuttgart, Germany in January of next year where nine universities from across Europe will compete.