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Good news for job seekers. The government has launched the new initiative officially called National Intenrnship Scheme that in their own words will provide a work experience placements for interns for 6 or 9 month period. There is 5000 placements available and they are paid by the government €50 a week on top of their social welfare entitlement.

The web site shows the Participating Organisations: Air Lingus, ISME, BT, HP, Enterprise Ireland, Tesco Ireland, Quinn Group, Glanbia, Coillte, PWC, Mercury Group, 3, IBEC, KPMG, Accenture, Smurfit Mappa Group, Arthur Cox, Dawn Farms, Glen Dimplex Group, ESB, Hertz, Matheson Ormsby Prentice. All respective names, and we wish to see more taking part.

Today is the first day where the internships are being advertised and there is one advertised already. The first advertised Internship on is:

On line Marketing Executive
Candidates will gain experience in customer service, online social media marketing eg Facebook, Twitter; IT and admin skills.
Skills Requirements
A flair and enthusiasm for the learner skills as cited above are the person specifications sought in this business.

It is not 100% clear who is really advertising this internship on the web site. There is no button to apply for this job – and send a CV or an application. There only clue on who is actually advertising this role is a small box on a side that reads: “In writing with CV to Ms. B.Shannon / HR, Detail LTD, J3 Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co Kildare.”

It really will be a poor visitors experience if one cannot apply for an internship online, but has to post the application? One actually wonders what kind of experience will the candidate gain from an organisation looking for an intern in online social media marketing and customer service if the application process is offline? Let’s how those are just the initial internal glitches with the web site and that those will be ironed out soon. It really does not reflect the advertising organisations well when the applicants are forced to go offline for the application for the internship (for On line Marketing Executive internship especially!).

I really hope the National Internship Scheme and its web site will help not only the 5000 future interns and the companies taking them, but the whole country. Getting 5000 unemployed people utilise their skills, and developing their skills in the work environment can only have a positive effect on the economy.

Will be the thing that will bring our Celtic Tiger back? I really think we would all be happy if it does!

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Really a great initiative by the government. The good thing about this is that not only the interns will be advantaged by this, the employers might be training some great future employees too.

I live in the USA, but I do not believe that any government should be trying to subsidize workers. There are plenty of people in the world that serve internships. Everyone knows an internship does not pay. If your Government wants to pay people in ways such as this, you will only breed more lazy people. You must incentivize them to do for themselves. I mean, just look at the world today and all the social programs. They are not making “greater nations”, but rather “greater numbers of welfare recipients”. It is a shame!

Dear Ivan,
Take a closer look at the adverts for internships on the jobs bridge website and you will find, ‘required’ General operative for meat factory. This job gifts its intern with the skills to use a ‘meat slicer’ and all the skills they require you to have is an ability to lift a 25kg meatbox. Before you jump down my throat, can I just say that this is one of many ridiculous offers. This new initiative is nothing more than a bluff on the governments part to try and take people off the live register for at least 6 months and therefore keep the IMF happy. To our American friend ‘Kristi’, I and the rest of the unemployed in Ireland are well aware that internships are non paying placements. Given the fact that honest placements are few and far between, its not a case of breeding the lazy but feeding discontent to an already bemused nation.

@Rua & Kristi – thanks for your views.
@Michael – I lost you there? Looking at the internship descriptions most of them are not really ‘inspirational’. In fact they seem to get worse trough time.

Iam Tanya a sole trader i have two flower shops one in Navan and one in Trim Iam interested in more information in this scheme and if my business is eligible
I have two full time staff members with me at the moment
but looking to expand my work force

HI i just wanted to say that employers are abusing this scheme, my friend was offered an intership with promises of training and been kept on after the 9 month period, now that it is coming to the end she us now interviewing her replacement, what a joke

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