National Graduate Programme


Our two-year Ireland-based Graduate Programme that offers graduates an opportunity to support Irish enterprises as part of a professional and dynamic team, contributing to our companies? successes and therefore supporting sustainable economic growth. The role of a Development Executive gains a clear insight into how Enterprise Ireland operates and helps client companies of all sizes.

As Development Executives, working in a range of client facing and non-client facing roles throughout the organisation, our graduates support Enterprise Ireland's work with client companies through all stages of business development, from start-up, to established small and medium-sized enterprises and Irish multinational companies with the ambition to achieve growth and scale.

These graduates play a key role in helping Enterprise Ireland to deliver on the vision for Irish business to become a powerhouse of economic growth and job creation.

The Graduate

These challenging roles require confident individuals who are professional, motivated, client focused and highly motivated with the energy and enthusiasm to deliver projects and results.
Excellent communication, networking and relationship building skills, coupled with a teamwork and flexible approach are essential.

National Programme - Role Requirements

  • We look for strong academic performance, a minimum of a (level NFQI Level 8) 2.2 degree.

  • We accept many different degree disciplines. Business or entrepreneurship knowledge, skills or experience is a distinct advantage.

  • You must have completed your degree between January 2019 and August 2021.

  • You must be available to start the role in early late August/Early September 2021.

  • Eligibility to work under an Irish contract of employment for the two-year duration of the programme is essential.

  • Native or fluent English is required.

  • At least advanced level proficiency in a relevant language is required for some locations and is an advantage.

  • Relevant work experience is desirable.

  • Knowledge and experience of Irish indigenous industry/companies is a distinct advantage

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting employers!