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For Purpose Ireland's Not-for-Profit Graduate Programme

Are you searching for a career with purpose? Start your career with Ireland’s largest not-for-profit graduate programme! Applications open all year round. 

We connect not-for-profit organisations with ambitious graduates who want to make an impact in civil society through their careers. The not-for-profit sector encompasses everything from social services organisations who work with vulnerable people to health organisations who provide vital, life-saving services. The sector also includes international organisations who work across the globe in developing nations and approved housing bodies who provide social housing – For Purpose provides graduate traineeships across a diverse range of not-for-profit organisations that play a key role in Irish society.

We are looking for graduates across a broad range of degree disciplines to work with our not-for-profit partner organisations. The programme is taking applications now for graduate traineeships across a range of areas including property surveying, housing management, fundraising & communications with further areas to be added soon. The programme offers full-time paid graduate traineeships in the sector and a comprehensive training and development programme including access to formal accreditation routes.

The not-for-profit sector is a hugely rewarding place to work in and has evolving needs and challenges – so we need talented graduates to join us! If you’re searching for a career with purpose and opportunities to develop and advance then apply today to be a part of For Purpose.

Fostering Future Leaders

Graduate trainees on the For Purpose programme are supported by one-to-one monthly mentoring sessions provided by experienced professionals working in the not-for-profit sector as well as attending roundtable sessions covering a range of areas directly related to working in the not-for-profit sector. For Purpose provides you with the supports and foundation to begin your career and develop your skills and potential as a leader.

Current Vacancies

For Purpose also offers a range of graduate opportunities with different not-for-profit organisations on a continuous basis throughout the year. We currently have graduate trainees in fundraising, communications, programmes, finance and other areas – keep an eye on this page for more information.


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