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in­tern­ship more out of see­ing how far I would get, it was more about see­ing what the ap­pli­ca­tion process was like.

“This will give me a prac­ti­cal sense of cli­mate change on an in­ter­na­tional level.

“It will be very ben­e­fi­cial, es­pe­cially with the Paris Cli­mate Change con­fer­ence this year, which is the most likely we’ve been to con­sen­sus on cli­mate change since Ky­oto.

“My work could con­trib­ute to that, I’d be over the moon if that was the case.

“I’ve never been to Switzer­land be­fore so I’m re­ally ex­cited.”

An­drew, who also at­tended Car­munnock Pri­mary and Mearns Cas­tle High School, is one of just 250 in­terns taken on by the UN each year from 3000 ap­pli­ca­tions.

He first be­came in­ter­ested in en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies at school af­ter ini­tially con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in town plan­ning.

And he hopes to go on to com­plete his PhD af­ter the in­tern­ship, with his idea al­ready gain­ing at­ten­tion.

He ex­plained: “I felt as though I had done town plan­ning to death, I just couldn’t do an­other re­port on it.

“My course was quite big on cli­mate change and it’s al­ready given me a good foot­ing on the is­sue at UK level.

“I’d been read­ing some­thing about space mir­rors, re­flect­ing the so­lar power to com­bat cli­mate change, and that got me in­ter­ested.

“For my PhD, I’m look­ing at so­lar-power satel­lites. Ba­si­cally gath­er­ing en­ergy from space and us­ing it on Earth. You would get en­ergy 24/7 and there is a lot more en­ergy to har­ness up there.

“The an­gle I am tak­ing is some­thing that’s never been done be­fore, it’s unique.”

When he’s not fight­ing to save the planet, An­drew works part­time at the Sains­bury’s store in East Kil­bride’s Kings­gate, who have left his job open for him when he re­turns from Europe.

When look­ing to the fu­ture, An­drew said: “One of the rules of the in­tern­ship is it’s for a max­i­mum of six months and you can’t work for the UN for six months af­ter­wards.

“But po­ten­tially it could be the UN I work for.

“At the minute, that’s the most likely, or po­ten­tially, if I do well in my PhD, maybe one of the space agen­cies.”

An­drew wouldn’t have been able to take on the in­tern­ship with­out the Mag­nus­son Award.

The awards, es­tab­lished in hon­our of the late broad­caster and for­mer Ruther­glen res­i­dent, Mag­nus Mag­nus­son KBE, pro­vide fund­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties to help stu­dents and aca­demics in their stud­ies or ca­reers.

An­drew added: “The Mag­nus­son Award means the world to me.

“Geneva is one of the most ex­pen­sive cities in the world in which to live and the in­tern­ship is un­paid.

“Fund­ing for this was es­sen­tial, as I could not af­ford it my­self.”

Glas­gow Ca­ley’s se­nior lec­turer, Caro­line Gal­lagher said: “This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for An­drew and thor­oughly de­served, as he has worked hard.”

My course has al­ready given me a good foot­ing on the is­sue at UK level

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