Internships and Opportunities

European Movement Ireland is recruiting!

Are you interested in current affairs, politics and international relations?  Would you like a job where no two days are ever the same?  If so, please read on…  

About us

Founded in 1954, European Movement (EM) Ireland is the longest established Irish NGO working on European affairs.  An independent, not-for-profit, membership organisation, EM Ireland works to develop the connection between Ireland and Europe.  We facilitate links between all sectors of Irish society and the EU, through advocacy campaigns, education programmes, training courses, information briefings and networking events.

Job title

Policy and Programmes Manager

 Job purpose

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Policy and Programmes Manager , which is a new role, will be responsible for planning and implementing EM Ireland’s policy output in line with our strategic plan.  The successful candidate will also have overall responsibility for European Movement (EM) Ireland’s core education and youth programmes, as well as some external initiatives we manage.   The Programmes and Policy Manager will also work on engaging with the organisation’s increasing membership, partners and stakeholders, through the provision of training, policy briefings and other supports.  This is a busy, hands-on role and we are looking for someone with drive, passion, ambition and commitment to join our team and grow the organisation.

Key objectives and main responsibilities

  • Develop EM Ireland’s Advocacy, Programmes and Policy areas in line with European Movement Ireland’s new 5 year Strategic Plan
  • Design and implement the policy output of the organisation through the provision of written briefings on European issues for EM Ireland’s diverse audience, including the management of the Accountability project and other initiatives (e.g. Policy Briefings, Oireachtas Submissions etc.)
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to provide training and other supports to the organisation’s members, partners and stakeholders
  • Leverage policy developments and other relevant opportunities to raise public awareness of European and EU issues, in collaboration with the Head of Communications and Development
  • Manage a range of educational and youth programmes including: Blue Star, College of Europe, and ‘EU in 20,’ secondary school talks
  • Identify sources of support for education and youth programmes and manage all aspects of funding applications and emerging projects
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with stakeholders, funders, partners and members
  • Support and manage staff members as assigned
  • Act as a representative of European Movement Ireland as appropriate and act in accordance with the objectives and ethos of the organisation
  • Undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time commensurate with the seniority of the post

Experience and knowledge 

  • Experience of at least 3-5+ years in an advocacy /public affairs/policy role in any sector
  • Research skills with experience of writing user-friendly content on complex issues is essential
  • The ideal candidate will also have a detailed knowledge and understanding of European affairs, Irish political affairs and the policy environment in particular
  • Experience of developing, implementing and reporting on funded projects and Programmes; experience of working with funding agencies
  • General Project management with a track record of delivering on objectives
  • A proven ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced setting while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of non-governmental organisations and the environment in which they operate
  • Education to honours degree level in a third level institution in a relevant discipline

Skills and special aptitudes

  • Highly motivated; ability to multitask and manage a complex workload in a fast-paced and changing environment within a small dynamic team
  • Excellent oral, written, and verbal presentation skills with the ability to communicate and interact with a varied national and international stakeholder base through various means
  • Proactive, highly-organised, with a keen interest in current affairs and public policy development
  • Experience of working on funded projects and collaborating on international tenders would be advantageous
  • Previous experience of working in Brussels in an EU Institution or Agency, or the Oireachtas would be desirable
  • Experience working as part of a collaborative team and flexibility allied to the nature of the work of the organisation in terms of occasional unsocial hours
  • Experience of using Social Media fora (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) from an organisational perspective would be welcome
  • Though not essential, knowledge of other European languages would be useful
  • Full driving license and use of car would be helpful


Based in Dublin at European Movement Ireland Offices with occasional travel


Reporting to the Executive Director, the successful candidate will work closely with other team members and s/he will manage a number of officers and interns.


This is a 2 year appointment.  Salary scale for this position starts at €40,000 and is commensurate with experience.  

To apply

A CV and letter of application and details of 2 referees should be sent in full confidence by email only to: Ms Noelle O Connell, Executive Director, European Movement Ireland


Closing date

Applications must be received by no later than noon on Friday, 14 August 2015.

Shortlisting will apply and interviews are scheduled to take place in our offices in Dublin 2 on Tuesday, 25 August and Wednesday, 26 August 2015.

 European Movement Ireland strives to be an equal opportunities employer

Stage Programme

Since our foundation in 1954, EM Ireland has had a tradition of accepting young people for work experience opportunities in our Dublin offices.  This has been developed into a highly successful internship, or stage, programme, where final year students or recent graduates undertake a placement for between four to six months in our offices at 8 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

What’s In It For You
Here at European Movement Ireland, we take our Stage Programme very seriously and pride ourselves in providing an enriching and rewarding experience, while also teaching our interns, or stagiaires, the skills required for working in a busy office. A stage is a great opportunity to learn about the EU through active engagement with our events, programmes and campaigns. Working as part of the EM Ireland team, successful candidates will be offered the following opportunities:

  • Assignment of individual project work, working to a high level of own responsibility and initiative
  • Opportunities for practical research, event management and direct stakeholder engagement
  • Opportunity to learn about the EU, its Institutions, processes and policies in huge detail
  • Development of highly transferable office skills
  • First-hand engagement with the Irish legislative system, current issues and influential figures
  • Direct experience with key players in the public affairs sector
  • Career development advice and mentoring
  • Subsidised travel

What We Need
Anyone interested in applying for a place on the EM Ireland Stage Programme should have the following:

  • Good basic knowledge of the European Union is required
  • Third-level degree in a field related to the work of the organisation, including, but not limited to; European Studies, Law, Politics, Communications, Economics, Business, etc.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, in a busy office environment
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, including Word and Outlook
  • Good working knowledge of social media
  • Knowledge of other European languages is preferable but not essential

How to Apply
Interns are accepted into the EM Ireland Stage Programme on a rolling basis, depending on our workload, upcoming events and projects and general requirements. We are always interested in hearing from you.

If you would like to apply for a position on the EM Ireland Stage Programme, please email your  CV, cover letter and details of your availability to

Please note, this internship position is unpaid, however we do try to cover all reasonable travel expenses.

If you would like any further information, please contact us.  We are happy to answer any questions you may have.


Our Past Stagiaires

Take a look at where former participants in the EM Ireland Stage Programme have ended up…

David Hastings, Autumn 2010:  Upon completing his stage with EM Ireland, David was accepted to the Commission Traineeship in Brussels.  He went on to work in the office of Maltese MEP Louis Grech for a period of 10 months before working as an Assistant Institutions Attaché with the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU.

Eleanor McGrath, Autumn 2010: Since completing the stage with EM Ireland, Eleanor has gone on to work as a Parliamentary Assistant for Anne Milton, Member of Parliament for Guildford in Westminster, supporting the work of Anne in her parliamentary duties.

Mirjam Sutrop, Autumn 2010: Since completing the Autumn 2010 stage with EM Ireland, Mirjam went on to complete a similar stage with the European Movement National Council in her home country of Estonia and was involved in the Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation.  She has since moved to Brussels to work as a Junior Policy Officer in the development cooperation project TRIALOG.

Nora Trench-Bowles, Autumn 2010: Since completing stage with EM Ireland, Nora has gone on do an MA Euroculture, studying between Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Strasbourg in France.  Nora has since moved to Strasbourg  to complete a traineeship at the Council of Europe.

Darren Lawlor, Spring 2011: Since completing the stage with EM Ireland, Darren became editor of; a volunteer led jargon free simplified EU economics/current affairs educational website, while working as the International Services Manager and EU Project Coordinator with Public Affairs Ireland.

Kate O’Regan, Autumn 2011: After completing the stage, Kate went on to work in Communications and Marketing for the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.   In autumn 2012, she began a traineeship in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.

Lucy Moylan, Winter 2011/Spring 2012: Since completing the stage, Lucy has been working at the European Parliament in Brussels, and was elected as President of the European Parliament Stagiaires Association (EPSA).  She is also the guest editor of Volume 6 of EM Ireland’s Green Book – a guide for Irish trainees in Brussels.

Eoghan Glynn, Spring 2012:  Following his stage in EM Ireland, Eoghan joined Public Affairs Ireland as an International Services Intern, where he played a key role in the expansion of e-learning courses and the preparation of the CELT Ireland training courses.  Since April 2013, he has been working as a Temporary Clerical Officer in the Department of Social Protection.

Irial Ó’Ceallaigh, Spring 2012:  After his stage with EM Ireland, Irial went on to work in the International Policy Division in the Department of Justice.  He is currently studying for a Diploma in International Financial Services under an FSI Careerstart Programme with IBEC and the Institute of Banking.

Emma Lane, Summer 2012: After her stage with EM Ireland, Emma went on to work with the International Department in the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.  As International Projects Assistant, she assisted in the running of the department which involved strategic communications, programme development and member relations.

Agnieszka Pikulicka, Summer 2012: After completing the stage, Agnieszka worked as a Campaign and Research Intern with Senator Jillian van Turnhout and an Advocacy Intern with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.  She currently works as an Associate Editor for e-International Relations online journal and a Polish and Russian language interpreter.

Louise Etchingham, Winter 2012/Spring 2013: After completing her professional Masters in International Politics at Ceris in Brussels, Louise became a temporary visiting scholar at Seoul National University and KU Leuven in Belgium.  She currently lives in Brussels and works as a freelance researcher in EU Foreign Policy and International Politics.

Maeve Glavey, Winter 2012/Spring 2013: After completing the stage, Maeve accepted a traineeship in the Global Issues Unit of the European External Action Service in Brussels assisting with research and analysis on global issues such as migration, international organisations, human rights, etc.

Sara MacNamara, Spring 2013:
After her stage with EM Ireland, Sarah went on to complete a traineeship with Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels.  She is now back in Dublin and currently employed by Twitter as a public policy intern.

Sinéad O’Donovan, Spring 2013:
Since completing her stage, Sinéad has been working as a policy researcher with public affairs consultancy firm JKS Communications, where she works with a wide variety of clients. She is also currently studying an MSc in Management in UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Stephanie Anderson, Winter 2012-Summer 2013:
After joining EM Ireland in the winter of 2012, Stephanie went on to act as the organisation’s Communications and Education Stagiaire throughout the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU.  She went on to work as a Policy Researcher with JKS Communications and is currently a trainee in the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin.