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# Internships

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# Jobs
Over half of government departments have used unpaid interns in recent years
Nine departments say they have done so since 2014.
# intern life
How to make an internship work for you - according to an intern
Internships have acquired a bad name in recent years – but change is afoot. Éamon Cullen shares his tips on getting the most from a training position.
# budget 2018
Ireland is getting a new internship programme
The new scheme aims to target young people who find it difficult to enter employment.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think internships are a good thing?
A recent survey from gradireland found that 76% of the 120 graduate employers surveyed run internship programmes.
However you might feel about internships, employers say they use them to spot new hires
Graduate jobs survey finds employers more likely to recruit those who interned for them as students.
# Change generation
Students: Be productive and make the most of your breaks from college
It’s not all about binging on box-sets: this is the time to feather your CV for future employers.
Students: How to make the most out of an internship (and avoid the unscrupulous employers)
A large number of employers are now looking for students rather than graduates for internships, writes Ruairi Kavanagh of GradIreland.
# ask the intern
15 struggles you'll only understand if you've been an unpaid intern
The glamour of it all.
JobBridge is being reviewed - and may be scrapped altogether
The scheme has been widely-used, but never without controversy.
# follow the money
This startup is trying to solve the tricky business of finding graduates jobs
Having launched in March, aims to connect students with paid graduate positions and internships.
# shots fired
Joan Burton: I sometimes wonder if TDs criticising JobBridge have ever worked in a job*
* “Apart from politics of course,” the Tánaiste said.
Opinion: JobBridge has very vocal critics, but it's delivering results for thousands of young people
Unpaid internships are largely the preserve of the well-off and reinforce disadvantage; JobBridge has levelled the playing field.
# no experience required
Gardaí defend hiring 16 JobBridge interns for €1.25 an hour
The force is currently seeking a “human rights assistant” and “legal/policing researcher.”
# subbridge
Subway advertise for 'Sandwich Artist' intern through JobBridge
The placement is at a store in Galway City.
# Internships
JobBridge ads for school cleaners and caretakers taken down - but you can still be a janitor
A school in Mayo has found a loophole, it seems.
# Embargo
Cork County Council may ditch controversial JobBridge scheme
The Council are set to vote on a motion that could make the local authority one of the first in the country to stop using the Government backed internships.
# Two Sugars
Documentary explores what it's like to be an intern in Ireland
One on the interns said that after the internship “It was like nothing, as if it wasn’t there”.
# Internships
Protests at some Advance Pitstop branches over JobBridge internships
Advance Pitstop has said that it is availing of the scheme to provide nine-month placements to interns across its branch network.
Column: JobBridge isn't about helping people, it's about padding unemployment figures
Young people, and all of those who are unemployed, should not accept the choice the government is trying to offer us between emigration or life on the dole and in unpaid work, writes Kevin Coughlan.
Column: Losing our religion – what thirtysomethings believe in now
If we haven’t got God to fall back on what does this generation believe in now? Kate Bellamy takes a lighthearted look at what people follow today.
# Employment
Logistics of youth guarantee scheme come before funding, says Taoiseach
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore also addressed concerns over the scheme, stressing that it will be implemented in 2014.
Column: Internships can take you from clueless wannabe to landing that job
Internships are like extended job interviews – so adjust your attitude accordingly, writes Julia Purcell.
# Internships
Joan Burton says 23 companies have been banned from JobBridge
The Social Protection Minister has answered questions about the government’s flagship internship scheme in the Dáil today.
# Internships
Open thread: How do you feel about low-paying or unpaid internships?
Minister Joan Burton has welcomed criticism of the JobBridge scheme, but what do you think of unpaid internships in general?
# JobBridge
217 people have worked JobBridge internships in government departments
Figures provided to show that the Department of Justice and Equality currently has the most JobBride interns.
# JobBridge
Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced
Minister Joan Burton says scheme is also being extended to include people receiving One Parent Family payment and disability allowance.
# Be Nice
Over half of young interns feel 'undervalued' - survey
A survey of young people on college campuses finds that 53 per cent of interns felt undervalued during work placements.
# JobBridge
Unemployed primary teachers can do probation through JobBridge
Government decides to extend internship scheme to primary teaching grads who have to find 100 days of experience to register with Teachers’ Council.
# JobBridge
JobBridge companies want a pizza chef, a waiter and a personal assistant
As well as a butcher, a baker and, er, a picture framer…We take a look at some more of the “intern” positions being advertised through the Government’s National Internship Scheme.
# Your Say
Poll: Is the government's internship scheme worthwhile?
Critics have branded the JobBridge initiative ‘exploitative’, while others say it provides valuable experience. What do you think?
Column: It’s a shame JobBridge is badly curated – there are some quality offers in there
Employer and online business MD Aaron McKenna says that while JobBridge is scattered with ads for unskilled, unpaid labour, internships – even unpaid – should not be written off as without merit.
# Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus defends internship position for ‘Air Safety Assistant’
The airline said the role advertised under the government’s JobBridge scheme would not involve overseeing safety practices.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In your Sunday Fix: A certain ginger-haired former media executive is arrested; the cost of smoking to Ireland’s economy; Come on Clarkey! and Hackgate: The Movie.
# Internships
Scheme that has created eight internships will cost €16 million
The government is hoping to create 5,000 internships from the scheme which was launched two weeks ago and insists it is happy with the progress so far.