Traineeships and Opportunities

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 traineeship, or stage, programme, where recent graduates undertake a placement for between three to four months in our office at 8 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

What’s In It For You

“A great experience! I was immersed in the intricacies of EU affairs, event organisation, and policy tracking from the outset.  A European focus on Irish foreign affairs and policy has specialised my experience greatly, which ultimately led to me being offered a position in an Irish Embassy abroad.”

Frank, EM Ireland Stagiaire, September 2015-January 2016

Here at European Movement Ireland, we take our stage programme very seriously and pride ourselves on providing an enriching and rewarding experience, while also teaching our trainees, 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 research projects. 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;
  • 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
Stagiaires are accepted into the EM Ireland stage programme on a rolling basis, depending on our workload, upcoming events and projects and general requirements. Anytime we have specific vacancies, we advertise here and on our other online platforms, as well as on Activelink. We are always interested in hearing from you though.

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 that our stagiaire positions are unpaid, however we do try to cover all reasonable travel expenses.

If you would like any further information, please contact Nora, who is 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…

Nicola Molloy, Summer 2015
After her stage with EM Ireland, Nicola was accepted onto Enterprise Ireland’s Graduates 4 International Growth Programme. She currently works as a marketing assistant across the US and UK markets and is also studying for a diploma in International Business Development.

Aisling Redmond, Summer 2015
After completing her stage with EM Ireland, Aisling accepted a position as Communications and Programmes Assistant with Social Innovation Fund Ireland where she leads the creation and implementation of  the organisation’s digital communications strategy and assists in both programme design and portfolio management.

Michael O’Flanagan, Spring 2015
Following his stage at EM Ireland, Michael took up a short-term opportunity to shadow Catherine Murphy TD in the Houses of the Oireachtas, working on research and political campaigning.   Michael has since begun working full-time as Research officer with ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, working on research and policy analysis.  Michael is also a member of the United States Embassy Youth Council.

Mairéad Smith, Spring 2015
After her stage with EM Ireland, Mairéad went on to complete a 10-month internship with the Irish based human rights organisation, Front Line Defenders. Following this she worked on data organisation and internal mapping for the Gulf Center for Human Rights and is currently volunteering in Greece with Asylum Links EU, distributing information packs on the asylum process to refugees in camps throughout mainland Greece.

Helen Scanlon, Winter 2014
Having completed a 4-month stage with EM Ireland, Helen then took up another  internship with the Press and Public Diplomacy Section of the EU Delegation in Washington, DC.  Helen has recently joined the National University of Ireland’s head office in a full-time role.

Benedict Blunnie, Winter 2014
After his stage, Benedict completed a traineeship in the Council of the EU in Brussels, working in Justice and Home Affairs. He then returned to Dublin and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2016. He is currently studying for an LL.M. in European Law at the College of Europe in Bruges on a scholarship from the Department of Education and Skills.

Nick Lee, Spring 2014
After his stage with EM Ireland, Nick completed the MA in Public Affairs and Political Communication at DIT.  Nick now works full-time in the Oireachtas as Press Officer with People Before Profit.

Richard Murphy, Spring 2014
Having completed a stage with EM Ireland, Richard went on receive a full scholarship to study a Master of Advanced International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He also participated in the Regional Academy on the United Nations programme, and defended a paper on non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament in front of a UN panel. The paper went on to win best overall paper in the category of ‘Persistent and Emerging Security Concerns’.

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 then was a trainee in the European Parliament Information Office in Dublin. In 2014, Stephanie took up a position with Minister of State, Simon Harris TD.

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.