Paid internships – Ireland

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Job Description:

We are inviting applications for paid internships due to commence in early 2024. These internships are designed to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the Government’s international development assistance programme. Internships will be for a duration of 22 months and will be based in Limerick or Dublin.

Development cooperation is integral to Ireland’s foreign policy. The aid programme represents a very significant commitment of public funds, with €1.23 billion allocated for Official
Development Assistance (ODA) in 2023. Ireland’s programme is recognised internationally for its strong focus on relieving poverty and hunger, for its partnership approach in some of the
poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and for its effectiveness.

The role of Development Intern involves primarily working with colleagues who provide technical support to the Government’s international development assistance programme. The
position will offer the opportunity to work as part of a highly motivated and skilled team, in a range of disciplines of relevance to the policy objectives of the aid programme. More
information on the programme can be found at or and in the following key policy documents: A Better World –Ireland’s Policy for International
Development and Global Ireland – Strategy for Africa to 2025
The Department of Foreign Affairs is committed to a policy of equal opportunity.


For more details, see:

Qualifications and Experience

Have at a minimum a Second class honours undergraduate degree in one of the following

  • Development Management/ International Relations
  • Accounting and Public Financial Management
  • Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods
  • Climate Issues
  • Development Research
  • Economics / Business/Private Sector
  • Education
  • Environment / Climate Change
  • Food Science
  • Gender, Equality and Diversity
  • Governance
  • Humanitarian Response / Human Rights
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health, including HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases
  • Statistics / ICT

High level of oral and written communication skills are essential, including excellent
applied writing skills.
A strong interest in Ireland’s foreign policy, including knowledge of Irish Aid.
Excellent interpersonal skills, initiative and good judgement.
Good administrative, organisational and computer skills.
Flexibility and capability to work both independently and as a member of a team.


Development Cooperation and Africa Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs




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