Tara Sallis at the Baillie Gifford Alternative Internship




Curious about the world? Win a unique opportunity to discover, explore, and imagine the future

Baillie Gifford looks for people who are curious about the world around them. People who combine intellect, insights and a fresh perspective. If that sounds like you, then you could win £5,000 to deliver a research project next summer.

Tara Sallis, a recent history graduate from Oxford University tells us about her own experience of the Alternative Internship, which she completed in summer 2019 before joining Baillie Gifford’s Investment Research graduate programme this autumn.

What was your research topic?

Inspired by some previous work experience, I wanted to research how NGOs in the developing world are using technology to aid education. During the Alternative Internship I spoke to over 50 NGOs, ranging from small education tech start-ups to more traditional school-building projects. I also spent a lot of time reading research papers in the Social Sciences Library at university.

What was one of your highlights?

I’ve really enjoyed talking to the African-founded start-ups who have first-hand experience of the continent’s education challenges. A particular highlight was speaking with Given Edward who is the CEO of a tech-education project in Tanzania. He gave me some really useful insights, such as technology is the only way people in remote parts of the country can access education, and that the tech is only as effective as the content it provides. His passion and knowledge were inspiring.

What has been a challenge?

There was so much information to collate for my research project and so many directions I could have gone. Narrowing things down to a single question was challenging. It’s a matter of imposing some kind of order on everything you discover. To create my report and presentation for the investors I’ve been trying to focus on my main ideas and put all the information into clear sections.

How have you found your time at Baillie Gifford?

It’s been so interesting. I knew nothing about investment management, but I’ve discovered that it’s actually more of a research role, and this is now something that really appeals to me. It gives me the opportunity to keep learning whilst in the world of work. During my time here I’ve been able to meet different people from all areas of the business and the team I’m sitting with have been really welcoming.

To find out more about Baillie Gifford’s Alternative Internship and to apply by 22nd November, visit Baillie Gifford Early Careers.

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