Internships and Opportunities

Stage Programme 

**We are now accepting applications for a Stagiaire to start working with us in early June.  If you would like to apply for this position, please email your  CV and cover letter with ‘Stage Vacancy’ in the subject line to to reach us by no later than noon on Monday, 23 May 2016. Late applications cannot be accepted.**

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

“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 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…

Helen Scanlon, Winter 2014: Having completed a 4-month stage with us, 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.

Richard Murphy, Spring 2014: Having completed a Stage with us, 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 was also the guest editor of Volume 6 of EM Ireland’s Green Book – a guide for Irish trainees in Brussels.

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.

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. David then took up a post with American Chamber of Commerce 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.