InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme

Jobs in Science, Engineering & Technology

InterTradeIreland is funded by both NI & ROI Governments to support SMEs identify and develop North/South trade and innovation opportunities.  We do this through a number of programmes, one being the InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme.

From graduate to groundbreaker, why should you choose us?

Our graduate programme has been running from 2001 and to date we have successfully had over 600 graduates in place.  This year alone we are offering 80 Project Management jobs in Science, Engineering & Technology.

The programme will connect you with an innovative company based in ROI & NI while also linking you up with an academic partner.  The aim of the programme is to work on an innovation need such as new product development to help the business grow.  We refer to this innovation need and programme as a ‘FUSION’ project. The role is ideally suited to someone looking for real hands on responsibility.

Our graduate programme at a glance.. 

Project Management Jobs in Science, Engineering & Technology & job security

Employed as project manager for 12 – 18 months you will be employed directly by the business.  These businesses are carefully selected by InterTradeIreland and include some of the leading innovative companies across the island, North & South.

Fully funded Post Graduate Diploma in Business & Management

As part of the InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme and ‘FUSION’ project, you will be given the opportunity to undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Business & Management at Queen's University ( ), Belfast which is fully funded by InterTradeIreland.  The Postgraduate Diploma will allow you to develop additional business skills which will be beneficial towards your ‘FUSION’ project.

Mentoring and support from a leading academic

Throughout the programme you will receive mentoring and support from a leading academic on the island.  The academic is there to support you throughout your ‘FUSION’ project whether it be access to research reports, weekly phone calls, monthly visits and quarterly meetings along with having mentoring from your company supervisor and InterTradeIreland consultant.

Training budget

Along with the Postgraduate Diploma you will have further access to a training budget which you can use towards further management training & courses, attending events & exhibitions and to pursue other technical qualifications.

Over 80% of graduates who have completed the programme have been offered full time positions

Through the InterTradeIreland Graduate Programme, and in your project role, you will gain the confidence to think independently and in turn attain your entrepreneurial flair to identify and create new opportunities that will help the company you are working with and help you develop your career prospects.

Who we look for

You must have a degree or diploma which matches the criteria of the position being advertised by the company as roles do vary. In some cases, you may be required to have relevant previous experience in the industry.

Have a look at some of our graduates who we have worked with here . This will give you an idea of the ‘FUSION’ project they worked on and the outcomes. 

Get involved

Visit to view our current job opportunities and register your interest today! 



Graduate profiles

    • Dr Peter Marshall - Ceramicx –

      I joined Ceramicx, a leading industrial infrared heating systems provider of ceramic heaters as Project Manager. Ceramicx’s FUSION project developed a capital and operationally cost effective... Read more

    • Grainne Mackin - Morgans Fine Fish –

      I graduated with a BSc in Bioscience and was offered a twelve-month position with Morgans Fine Fish through the graduate programme.  My role within the company was to concentrate on process... Read more

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