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About Enterprise Ireland

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Enterprise Ireland is the government agency responsible for the development of Irish enterprises in world markets. We help Irish businesses to start, grow, innovate and win export sales through our international network. This means working with everyone from dynamic start-ups to more established companies as they explore new market possibilities.

Their individual success has the added benefit of enhancing Ireland’s reputation as an open economy and a source of world-class innovative products and services. In this way, our organisation supports employment, regional development and sustainable economic growth. Over 220,000 people are employed in Enterprise Ireland-backed companies.

Why choose Enterprise Ireland?

Are you motivated, flexible, energetic, enthusiastic and confident? Do you have a professional attitude and an ability to communicate effectively? Can you see yourself focusing completely on a client company’s success?

For motivated graduates, Enterprise Ireland is the ideal environment in which to gain valuable real-world experience and contacts. Places are now available on Enterprise Ireland’s national and international programmes for graduates who want to launch their careers in a stimulating, challenging and rewarding environment. Enterprise Ireland offers programmes that are fast-track opportunities to gain a depth of experience that many people never get access to during their entire career. After taking part, participants are well-qualified to apply for positions such as business development executives, market advisors and development advisors.

Enterprise Ireland is recruiting for the following graduate programmes:

Enterprise Ireland’s National Graduate Programme (2022 – 2024):

This two year, Ireland-based Graduate Programme offers graduates an opportunity to support Enterprise Ireland’s work with Irish enterprises as part of a professional and dynamic team, contributing to our companies’ successes and therefore supporting sustainable economic growth.

As Development Executives , working in a range of client facing and non-client farcing roles throughout the Organisation, you could work in Enterprise Ireland’s internal departments on key areas such as policy, internal communications or marketing communications. Alternatively, your focus could be on client-facing departments specialising in areas such as digital technologies, high-potential start-ups or the ICT sector. These graduates play a key role in helping Enterprise Ireland to deliver on our vision for Irish enterprise to become a powerhouse of economic growth and job creation.

(For the link to our brochure check the 'downloads' section)

Enterprise Ireland’s International Graduate Programme (2022 – 2024):

This two-year International Graduate Programme offers graduates the opportunity to start their career in one of Enterprise Ireland’s network of locations across Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pacific and to gain experience supporting Irish enterprises as part of a professional and dynamic team.

As Market Executives , our graduates contribute to the success of our client companies by supporting them to access market opportunities, win global sales and build and develop their business in global markets. Working in a variety of roles, you’ll help Irish businesses understand local conditions, build networks and develop their business. At the same time, you’ll gain a unique insight into how Enterprise Ireland helps Irish companies to grow internationally. These graduates also play a key role in helping to create market awareness and building Ireland’s positive image as an international source of world-class products and services.

(For the link to our brochure check the 'downloads' section)

Are these opportunities for you?

These challenging roles require confident individuals who are professional, client-focused, and highly motivated with the energy and enthusiasm to deliver projects and results. Excellent communications, network and relationship building skills, coupled with a teamwork-oriented and flexible approach are essential. Fluency in a second language is an advantage.

(For the link to our brochure check the 'downloads' section)

Role Requirements – National and International

  • 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 2020 and September 2022.
  • You must be available to start the role in early late August/Early September 2022.
  • 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 international locations and this is an advantage.
  • As our International placements are based in international markets, experience of having lived, studied or worked abroad for a period is desirable.
  • A full driving licence may be required to work in some international locations.
  • Relevant work experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience of Irish indigenous industry/companies is a distinct advantage.

Application and Selection Process

  • Application will close on the 31st October 2021.
  • Placement on Enterprise Ireland’s Graduate Programme 2022 – 2024 will be subject to verification of meeting the published eligibility criteria which can be found at www.enterprise-ireland.com/en/About-Us/Our-People/Graduate-Opportunities/
  • Assessments may include but is not limited to online assessments, video interview, assessment centres and interview/presentation participation.
  • Successful graduates joining Enterprise Ireland on the Graduate Programme 2022 - 2024 will begin their programme in Dublin in late August/early September 2022.