03/05/19

Internship Scheme in European Union Institutions announced by Minister of State Seán Kyne

The expansion of Internship Schemes in European Union Institutions this year has been announced by Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne TD. This scheme will be administered by the Department in co-operation with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council, the Committee of the Regions and the Publications Office.  The scheme is focused on the provision of opportunities for graduates to acquire work placements in the special subject field of translation and proof-reading.

The level of funding has been increased by Minister of State Kyne in order to facilitate the appointment of ten graduates to undertake work experience in the autumn.  Eight graduates will assist primarily in the translation of acquiscommunautaire during the work placement.  Two graduates will undertake work in the proof-reading of Irish language documents under the supervision of the Publications Office or of the European Parliament. An allowance of €2,000 per month will be made available for the internships for a period of ten months.

The benefits of this scheme include:

  • The provision of key work experience for Irish graduates in the European Institutions;
  • The scheme will provide a new stream of graduates to the European Institutions in order to fulfil its recruitment requirements;
  • It provides an opportunity for graduates to hone their skills in French;
  • It contributes towards awareness among graduates in Ireland of the opportunities available in Europe and the experience acquired will greatly help interns who are interested in working in Europe as they engage in the EPSO recruitment process or that of the institutions themselves in the future.

Minister of State Kyne said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to expand this scheme to €200,000 per year.  This scheme came into effect in September last year and so far it is going very well.  I am pleased that two further institutions have come on board this year, the Committee of the Regions and the Publications Office, which is a good indication of the value that the institutions see in the scheme.  It is also important that people have the opportunity to acquire experience in the area of proof-reading, in which there will be further employment opportunities in the future.”

Full information on the scheme can be found at:

https://www.chg.gov.ie/ga/gaeltacht/recruitment/

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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