JobBridge - Information for Organisations

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  1. What is an internship?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Is your organisation eligible?
  4. How will applicants apply for internships?
  5. Advertise an internship
  6. Manage an Internship
  7. Toolkit

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1. What is an internship?

JobBridge is a new National Internship Scheme that will provide work experience placements for interns for a 6 month or 9 month period.

The aim of the National Internship Scheme is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills. The scheme will also give young people a real opportunity to gain valuable experience to bridge the gap between study and the beginning of their working lives.

Interns will receive an allowance of €52.50 per week on top of their social welfare entitlement. This will be payable for the period of the internship.

The European Commission is providing co-funding to JobBridge for participants under 25 years. JobBridge is jointly backed by the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and the European Social Fund (ESF) and Department of Social Protection on an equal funding basis. For the period 2015 - 2017 the allocation from each of the ESF and YEI is €11.2 m approx.

What are the benefits of taking on an intern?

By taking part in the JobBridge scheme, your organisation will:

  • Give an unemployed person the opportunity to gain relevant work experience
  • Access potential future employees
  • Enhance the performance of your organisation by offering an internship to motivated individuals with enthusiasm and a passion for developing their careers
  • Bring in fresh talent, fresh ideas and new thinking
  • Access newly trained interns with recent skills sets or skilled workers that add real value to your organisation

2. How does it work:

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3. Is your organisation eligible?

  • This programme is open to host organisations in the private, public (including commercial semi-state) or community and voluntary sectors.
  • In order to qualify for an internship an organisation, or a local branch, must have a minimum of 1 full -time employee who is employed for 30 hours or more per week (i.e. on payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI) in addition to the employer
  • The host organisation must be a legal entity and/or a charity recognised by the Revenue Commissioners (with a CHY number).
  • The host organisation may not provide an internship opportunity under the Scheme to an individual they have an existing or had a previous employment relationship with.’
  • The host organisation currently may not have vacancies in the area of activity in which the internship is offered.
  • The internship will not be provided to displace an employee. The scheme administrator reserves the right to review cases where it is reported that this is the case.
  • The host organisation's public/employers liability insurance and motor insurance, if applicable, will cover any interns on this scheme.
  • The host organisation must be fully compliant with current workplace health and safety and all other legal requirements.
  • The host organisation has responsibility to ensure that the appropriate process is applied to placements that require Garda vetting. Interns must agree to comply with requests for Garda Vetting where necessary in accordance with the host organisation's policy on Garda Vetting.
  • The number of internships below shows the total number of internship places an organisation can offer at any one time
Number of Full Time Employees * Number of Internships
1-10 employees 1 internship place
11-20 employees 3 internship place
21-30 employees 4 internship place
30 + employees 20% of the workforce to a maximum of 200 internships whichever is the smaller
* Who is employed for 30 hours or more per week (i.e. on payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI)


  • Local branch offices of national organisations will not be regarded as an individual host organisation for the purpose of the internship, e.g. large retail outlet
  • A cooling off period of 6 months must elapse before another placement in the same area of activity is approved. This applies whether the previous placement or the new placement is a Work Placement Programme or an internship placement.
  • The cooling-off period will be waived where the intern gets a job with the Host Organisation or another Organisation at the end of their internship.
  • If the placement is in another area of activity no cooling off period is required.
  • A host organisation may have an allocation of Interns as well as an allocation of Work Placement Programme participants at the same time. However, the combined number of Interns and Work Placement Programme participants cannot exceed the total number of employees.
Number of Full Time Employees * Number of Internships
1-10 employees 1 internship place & 1 WPP place
Reminder: The combined number of Interns and WPP participants cannot exceed the total number of employees
11-20 employees 2 internship places & 2 WPP Places
21-30 employees 3 internship places & 3 WPP places
30 + employees 20% of the workforce to a maximum of 200 intern & 10% of your workforce to a maximum of 25 WPP places whichever is the smaller.
* Who is employed for 30 hours or more per week (i.e. on payroll and subject to PAYE and PRSI)

4. How will applicants apply for internships?

  • When completing the online form to advertise an internship you will be asked how you wish potential interns to apply for the position
  • Organisations should enter their preferred method for interns to apply i.e. CV, telephone, email, fax etc
  • If you wish to use a short application form, a template is available which the intern can download, complete and forward to you.
  • If you select this option, your advertisement will state that applicants should click on Short Application form to download, complete and send the short application to you

5. Advertise an internship

To advertise an internship vacancy, log onto . The employers can also phone, fax or email their vacancy details to the National Contact Centre at LoCall 1890 800024. The vacancy will then be advertised on

6. Manage an internship

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7. Toolkit

This toolkit is provided as a means to enhance an Internship and provides a best practise approach. Each of the following items may assist both the Host Organisation & the Intern to gain maximum benefit for the duration of the scheme

Note: A Mentor must be assigned with the expertise/experience in performing the duties expected of the intern(s) and should be available on site to support, guide and direct intern(s) for the duration of their internship.

Respond to Applications

JobBridge would encourage Host Organisations to respond to all applications received by jobseekers

Last modified:08/09/2016

 Application Forms

  • JobBridge Short Application Form
    Please Note: When downloading the form two dialogue boxes will open, please click cancel on both dialogue boxes and the form should then download correctly.



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