Looking For Your Ideal Internship?

 

Have you set your Career Goals for 2018?  Let us help you out!

 

January is the perfect time to sit down and set out some dreams and goals for the year ahead. What does your dream job look like? What  skills would you like to learn or improve? Which companies or individuals inspire you? Where in the world can you see yourself working?

 

While setting out our ultimate goals is great motivation, it can often leave us asking ourselves ‘where do I even start?’. Well that’s where we can help, check out these simple suggestions to get you started!

 

Improve Your Skills

 

In University, your education opportunities extend far beyond your core modules. There is an abundance of ways to develop skills through extra curricular events and workshops. Skilled graduates are in much greater demand by modern employers.

 

Have you heard about the UCD Certificate in ‘Skills for Working Life’? This is an 8 week course, with weekly informal and interactive sessions each lasting up to two hours, where you will be taught by some of Ireland’s leading employers. The course gives students an insight into the skills which you will need to develop to be successful in the graduate workplace. To find out more and register, visit UCD Careers Connect.

 

Do Your Research

 

Not sure where to start your search for Internship opportunities? You’ll find lots of useful information in the internship section of our Career Development Centre website, in the Vacancies portal on Careers Connect, on GradIreland and Prospects.

 

Still not sure what you’re looking for? You can also make an appointment with our Career Consultants to chat through your search, application or interview process. Appointments are only available on the day, for the day, and you can book online from 8am each morning on Careers Connect.

 

Make Connections

 

On February 1st we are hosting our annual Internships Recruitment Fair in the Global Lounge on the lower ground floor of the Main Restaurant building. Register to attend on Careers Connect.

 

Internship work is a crucial and valuable experience for students across all academic disciplines. It is also the one of the best ways to get into a company for the long term permanent position. Whether you want to work as an intern for a large professional financial firm or maybe a smaller company, you’ll find something at the Internships Fair for you.

 

Best of Luck!

 

 

Ace Your Interview: 5 Top Tips!

 

 

First of all, if you’ve been shortlisted for interviews, Congratulations! Making it to the interview stage means you’ve already made a good impression on your potential future employer(s).

 

1. Positive Attitude

‘Be positive, patient and persistent.’

We are far too often our own harshest critics and this is not the mindset to enter your interview with. If you’ve got the interview, you’ve already impressed! You’ll be just as intelligent and capable as everyone else on the interview list, all you’ve got to do is prove it. Employers are looking for candidates who not only fit the competencies required but also a personality that fits the company culture. Greet your interviewers with a smile, be friendly and relax in the knowledge that good interviewers only want to bring out the best in you.

 

2. Self Awareness

Tell me about yourself…

What motivates/inspires you?

What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?

You are the topic of this interview. You must be prepared to talk about yourself. You are absolutely guaranteed to be asked a question or two about yourself, so no excuses not to prepare. Don’t undersell yourself or your achievements. Practise with friends or make an appointment with us in the UCD Career Development Centre to perfect your answers. Also, be sure to know your own CV/application inside out, you could get asked about anything that’s in there.

 

3. STAR Technique

The STAR technique is a widely used approach to answering competency based questions in a clear and effective manner. The ‘STAR’ approach to structuring your answers: Situation (set the scene), Task (what you set out to achieve), Action (what YOU did to achieve it), Result (the outcome). When discussing work experience, focus on your own contribution and what you’ve achieved rather than just listing the tasks required.

 

4. Know the Organisation & Job Description

Do your research. What will be expected of you in this role? Do you know anyone already working in the organisation that you could reach out to? Has the organisation been in the news recently or had any interesting developments? Additionally, if you know who will sit on the panel, do your research on their roles and backgrounds also.

 

5. Take Notes

Every interview is a learning experience. As soon as possible after the interview, it’s a good idea to take note of the questions you were asked and your thoughts on the experience. These could come in really handy if you get called back for a second interview or for other interviews in the future!

 

‘Fail to prepare, Prepare to fail’. You’ve already gotten the opportunity to interview, so you don’t want to let yourself down by failing to prepare.

Take some confidence from the fact that you’ve been asked to interview. The interviewer already believes that you can do the job. You’ve just got to believe in yourself and most importantly, BE YOURSELF.

 

 

 

Finding a Job or Internship

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FINDING A JOB OR INTERNSHIP

Whether you’re looking for a graduate job or a non-credit bearing summer internship, your first port of call should be Careers Connect, our online vacancies portal.

ACTIONS:‌
Login to Careers Connect regularly for:
– Job & Internship Vacancies – hundreds of vacancies updated daily
– Relevant Careers workshops and seminars and employer presentations

More advice to help you with finding a job or internship:
– UCD Career Guide
– Our Job & Internship section
– gradireland.com
– prospects.ac.uk

 Hidden Jobs Market – Some jobs are not advertised!
 How to find them:
– Network!
– Find work through Social Media
– Do an Internship
– Build a positive online presence

Like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Nov 23rd – 27th 2015

Events Nov 23-27

 

 

 

 

Events taking place on campus this week (Last week of semester!)

 

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Grant Thornton Careers

internships

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

 

We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! Just click on the event title – you’ll be prompted to login with your UCD Connect details (students) or email and password (graduate/alumni) and you can then book your place on the event.

 

Contact us on careers@ucd.ie if you have any questions!

 

Why should you consider an Internship and how can you apply?

 

 

 

 

 

Why should you consider an internship?

There are many reasons to do an internship. The outcomes of an internship can include: increasing your skills and knowledge; improving your understanding of a particular job or industry; and the chance to network. All of this can help you to find a paid permanent position in the future.

 

How do you apply for an Internship?

Applying for an internship is a lot like applying for an ordinary job. You will need to provide a CV and cover letter. It is also important that you treat an interview for an internship in the same way that you would an ordinary interview. There are different types of internships such as academic internships, summer internships and graduate internships.

UCD has numerous academic programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate –both taught and research) that include an internship component. Internships vary in duration with some being up to a year in length.

Providing internship opportunities as part of a programme of study benefits students in many ways:

-An opportunity to put theory into practice is provided
-New skills and knowledge, personal and work related, are acquired
-Students’ employment potential is enhanced
Organisations that provide internship opportunities to UCD students also gain positively from the experience:
-Students bring new and updated skills and fresh ideas to the work place
-Student interns can be assessed for their potential to fill future positions

 

Where can you find Internships?

  1. Careers Connect

There are hundreds of internships and job vacancies being advertised on Careers Connect, including jobs in Dublin, the rest of Ireland and overseas – with new employers registering every day. If you’re a UCD student, login with your UCD Connect username and password. If you’ve graduated from UCD, you can register for an alumni account by filling in a simple form. You can update your profile to indicate industry areas you’re interested in, and choose whether to receive email alerts for vacancies.

Under the ‘Online Resources‘ section of our website and Careers Connect, you will be able to search for international internships through ‘Going Global‘, ‘CEI‘ to name a few.

 

2. UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair

On Wednesday, 3rd February 2016, we will be hosting the annual UCD Internships & Volunteering Fair in Astra Hall, Student Centre, Belfield Campus. This fair attracts around 1000 students across all disciplines looking to enhance their career prospects by undertaking an internship or make a broader contribution through volunteering.We will advertise this event on Facebook and Twitter early in the new year.

 

For any queries in relation to academic internships, do no hesitate to contact us in the office through careers@ucd.ie

 

 

 

UCD Career Development Centre Events: Nov 09th – 13th 2015

 

 

 

 

This week!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

 

Washington Ireland Programme

 

We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! Just click on the event title – you’ll be prompted to login with your UCD Connect details (students) or email and password (graduate/alumni) and you can then book your place on the event.

Survey says that ‘students feel they are not learning job skills’ – UCD Careers can help!

Irish Times

 

 

 

‘Significant numbers of students in higher education feel they are not learning skills which will contribute to their chances of getting a job‘, a new national survey indicates, as reported by today’s Irish Times.

The UCD Career Development Centre are here to help! We offer a range of resources,  both online and at the Career Development Centre itself.

How can we help?

 

One to One Appointments

Students (and alumni) can book a ‘quick query’ appointment (20 min) with aCareer & Skills Consultant to talk about:

 

Events – Employer and Centre Sessions

The centre runs subject and industry-specific recruitment fairs, workshops andemployer presentations throughout the year so students have direct access to network with employees from different companies throughout the academic year.

See our website for details of recruitment fairs which have run this year, we will be providing the same for 2016/17. This is a fantastic opportunity for UCD students to avail of.

Log into Careers Connect and browse the events section to see all of our employer presentations on campus as well as Centre related skills sessions and presentations.

We also advertise these events on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

Online Resources

Logging into Careers Connect will give students (and alumni) access to a range of online resources free of charge. To use these resources, a number of codes are required depending on what you want to use, such as: client code, access code and password (all available on log in). These resources include:

  • ‌ Profiling for Success – Psychometric Tests
  • 10 Minutes With‌
  • Vault
  • Going Global
  • CEI Internships
  • Glass Door
  • Workmaze

 

Self-study optional online module – Career Zone

If you feel that you do not want to visit us in person and can learn these skills in a self-taught environment, then our self-study optional module (non-credit bearing) might be the answer! This module, produced specifically for UCD students, can assist with Career Planning.  Career Zone is available to students throughBlack Board. Simply log in and search for Career Zone to register directly. Students can register at any time of the year.

The UCD Career Development Centre wishes all UCD students the very best with the rest of Semester 1 and we hope to see more students dropping into the office to avail of our services.

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UCD Career Development Centre Events: Oct 27th – 30th 2015

Events 27-30 Oct 2015

 

 

 

 

See below a snapshot of this week’s events!

 

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Law Event

 

Thursday, October 30th, 2015

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We strongly encourage you to register in advance through Careers Connect as some events can be very popular and we don’t want there to be any disappointment! Just click on the event title – you’ll be prompted to login with your UCD Connect details (students) or email and password (graduate/alumni) and you can then book your place on the event.

Some very useful FREE Online Resources for students

Online Resources

Not many students or alumni know that there is a range of FREE Online Resources available through UCD Careers Connect. Yes, that’s right, FREE! This blog is all about information sharing and here, we will outline exactly what each of these resources has to offer you, to help you start planning for your future.

‌‌        Profiling for Success

 Profiling for Success – Psychometric Tests

 These are very useful in career planning, helping you understand more about your strengths and how these might shape your career and personal choices. When you complete a test, a report is automatically generated and emailed to you! Simples! The report comes in the form of a PDF document attached to the email, and includes an explanation of your results. You can take each test as often as you wish.

 10 minutes with 

10 Minutes With‌

This is a career website to help students on their career journey by providing insight from different professionals and giving you access to more than 200,000 jobs and internships worldwide. 10 Minutes With interviews company directors, executives and entrepreneurs and asks them to explain their jobs and day-to-day activities in exactly 10 minutes. Pretty short, neat and sweet! The video interviews help you understand the true nature of different roles and the skills required in a variety of sectors globally in Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups.

 

VaultVault

This is a comprehensive online career resource designed to help you look into potential careers, research top employers and find out about trends in your industry.

 

Going GlobalGoing Global

This provides country-specific career and employment information, including world-wide internship and job postings and career resources.

 

 

CEI Internships CEI Internships

This resource offers individually verified information and resources to students seeking internships in the US.

 

 

GlassdoorGlass Door

Here, you can find out what it’s really like to work for over 300,000 companies. Think of it as ‘TripAdvisor for jobs’. There are also vacancies and internships advertised on the site.

 

workmaze

 Workmaze

Targeted at Business students, this company offers a comprehensive suite of products and services to assist both students and Alumni in every stage of their career development.

 

How do you access these great resources?

To use these tests, you’ll need three codes: client code, access code and password. All you have to do is log into UCD Careers Connect and see the ‘Online Resources’ section on your ‘Welcome’ page. Here, you will see all of the above resources along with the required passwords.

 

Remember that you can also make an appointment to see a Career & Skills Consultant if you need some help figuring out what to do next!

 

UCD Career Development Centre Team

www.ucd.ie/careers

Networking – Getting the Mostest from a Recruitment Fair

Students queueing for a recruitment fair

Mark Cumisky, Career & Skills Consultant at UCD, gives some advice on the best way to tackle a recruitment fair:


Students chatting to employers

Recruitment Fairs are great. They are full of interesting people, often wearing primary colours, who are trying to give you free stuff. Pens, writing pads, chocolate, stress-balls, travel coffee mugs, lollipops, key-rings, tee-shirts, even hoodies on occasion. You will not have to buy a pen all year – truly a cornucopia of freebies! Oh, and they are looking to hire you either as a graduate or for a summer internship next year. Pretty cool!

But the place is packed, jam-packed. With other students. And the layout feels non-intuitive. The staff at the stands look like they’re fed up explaining who their organisation is for the umpteenth time. And they do this at almost every university (and lots of ITs). So, is it worthwhile to go? Can I really make myself stand out and impress them?
YES! YES, really.
How?

  • Login to Careers Connect with your UCD Connect details and find the fair under events to see a list of the organisations who will be attending. You can then note down the ones that you want to approach, aka the ones you want to work for, and make a list.
  • Use the web and research the organisations in detail – check out the careers section of their website, esp. the part on the role that you want, and also their general corporate site.
  • Use sites like gradireland, Prospects, and Vault to research the profession and learn what’s involved in the roles you want.
  • Make a list of questions that you want answered – not those that you can answer from their website, obvs.
  • Develop a pitch about yourself – why you want to work for them, why you are studying your course, where you see yourself going in the future. An elevator pitch that tells potential employers both who you are and what you can do for them.
  • Talk to a career and skills consultant before the fair, book an appointment and discuss your strategy.
  • Smile and relax. Hard, I know, but remember that the employers are here to see you – that’s why they came, they want this conversation, and the better the conversation the more impressed they’ll be with you.
  • Follow-up. Send a thank you note or a copy of your CV afterwards – whatever you promised, do it.
  • And enjoy – at the very least the pens are useful.

For more see this video from Career Player.

For more tips and hints, why not call into us at the UCD Career Development Open Day being held this Wednesday September 23rd!

CDC Open Day 2015
CDC Open Day 2015

What are the main differences in CV style from country to country

 

 

 

 

If you’re going for a job in any country you will have to hand in a CV providing details of your previous work history, contact details and information about your educational qualifications. However, there are certain things you must include on your CV if you’re in a different country. This week we tell you what the main difference are in CVs styles across Europe.

When Applying For A Job In France

France

Differences in Style and Formatting

• Check if British or American spelling is preferred on an English CV. Employers often have a preference.

Skills and Experience To Highlight

• List the languages you speak and identify your level of proficiency (bilingual, fluent, conversational or basic).

• In France educational terms are not necessarily universally recognised – explain them.

Other Things To Keep In Mind

• Give the recruiter a sense of your interests outside of what is purely work-related.

• Cultural knowledge is highly valued in France.

For information check out:

• See for a sample CV: http://french.about.com/library/writing/bl-cv3.htm

When Applying For A Job In Spain

Spain

Differences in Style and Formatting

• Full name & title, address, phone number, email address, age or date of birth need to be included on a CV.

• Section is optional.

• Add a high-quality photo to the CV.

Skills and Experience To Highlight

• You can add the type of driver’s license held, civil (marital) status.

• List applicable courses (formación técnica – technical training) or formación profesional (professional training).

• Include study abroad experience, employers are interested to know.

• Include trainee periods, summer & part-time work & internships.

• List languages. Speaking Spanish is important to work in Spain.
So be sure to state your fluency levels (speaking, writing and reading).

• Name certificates and/or language test results.

• It’s not common to give references, so don’t worry about this.

Other Things To Keep In Mind

See for a sample CV: http://www.donquijote.org/jobs/cv/

When Applying For A Job In Italy

Italy

Differences in Style and Formatting

• Pictures are not normally included.
• End your CVs with this statement: Autorizzo il trattamento dei miei dati personali ai sensi del D.L. 196/2003. (I agree to disclose my personal information according to the law 196/2003.)

Skills and Experience To Highlight

• Specify the level of fluency, comprehension, writing and speaking ability on your CV.
• Refer to an officially-recognised proficiency examination, language diploma or a course. This is so that Italian employers know you are reputable. The CILS exam (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera) is an examination to prove competence in Italian.

Other Things To Keep In Mind

See for a sample CV: http://en.bab.la/phrases/application/resume-cv/english-italian/

When Applying For A Job In Germany

Germany

Differences in Style and Formatting
• Full name, postal address, telephone number (add your country code), email address, date and place of birth, marital status. All of these details must be included.
• In German the CV is known as a lebenslauf in German.
• In Germany your lebenslauf (CV). Should be no more than two pages.
• Photograph: high-quality and professional glued to the upper right corner of the first page of CV. German employers want to see a picture of you before the interview.
• Include the name, dates, location and business focus of the employer for each position.

Skills and Experience To Highlight
• State your language skills with levels for speaking, reading and writing.
• Knowledge of computer languages and programmes is considered impressive.
• Briefly mention your hobbies.

Other Things To Keep In Mind
See for a sample CV and more tips: http://www.welcometogermerica.com/2014/10/how-to-write-german-lebenslauf.html

When Applying For A Job In Netherlands

Netherlands

Differences in Style and Formatting

• State your objective / what you’re seeking.

Skills and Experience To Highlight
• It is important to include a lot of education details such as: the dates of study, certificate received, core modules, study abroad experience, thesis title.
• Professional associations (organisations, interest groups).

Other Things To Keep In Mind

See for a sample CV and more tips: http://blogs.transparent.com/dutch/how-to-write-a-dutch-cv/
http://www.iamexpat.nl/career/guides-tools/cv-guide

When Applying For A Job In Belgium

Belgium

Differences in Style and Formatting

• Don’t include salary expectations in your CV.
• Full name and title, address, phone number(s), mail address, date. & Place of birth, citizenship, marital status & number of children.
Skills and Experience To Highlight
• Areas of concentration, special courses, seminars, internships, non-degree & foreign studies.
• There are differences between applying for job in Brussels, the Flemish and Walloon regions.

Other Things To Keep In Mind
See for a sample CV and more tips: http://inforjeunesbruxelles.be/jobs-etudiants/le-cv/modeles-de-cv
http://resume.modelocurriculum.net/the-cv-in-belgium.html

When Applying For A Job In Austria

austria


Differences in Style and Formatting

• 2 pages.
• Include a professional photograph.
• Sign your CV at the bottom.

Skills and Experience To Highlight
• Additional training.
• Military experience.
• There shouldn’t be any unexplained gaps.

Other Things To Keep In Mind
See for a sample CV and more tips: http://resume.modelocurriculum.net/the-cv-in-austria.html

Apps That Can Help You On The Job Search

 

 

 

 

 

Jobbio is an app developed by an Irish company that allows you to apply for jobs at the click of button. You simply establish a profile in which you describe your work history. Search for jobs wherever you are and simply apply.

Sidekick

Sidekick is designed for a browser. It attaches a tracker to an email and it will tell you the exact time when an email is opened, anytime the email is opened sidekick will send you a notification. You can also use it to schedule emails.
This is a great resource for seeing which employers have read your emails and which ones haven’t.

Linked

LinkedIn’s App is very good for keeping up to date with all of the latest activity on LinkedIn. Network with new business associates shortly after meeting them- find new people in your network- follows groups and apply for jobs at the click of button.

indeed.com

Indeed.com mobile Phone App allows you to apply for jobs, just upload your CV and you can apply for jobs at the click of a button.

Glassdoor

The Glassdoor lets you look at reviews of companies and get some insider information. This can be of use before you go into the interview because it allows users to share information about their experiences of what it’s like to work in a particular company. Previous interviewees also post about their experiences so this can help you in your preparation.

Aduza

Adzuna can inform you of jobs in the UK. It also has a CV evaluator which uses multiple algorithms in order to determine the quality of a CV and how much you’re worth a year in real terms. It also gives you the opportunity to email the figure to your boss (for the truly daring).

UCD Graduates, would you like a job in the Dept of Foreign Affairs?

 

 

 

 

 

UCD Graduates, would you like a job in the Dept of Foreign Affairs?

Apply here: https://goo.gl/CuYthw

Paid Internship – Conflict Resolution Unit

As set out in the Programme for Government, the Government is committed to developing

Irish engagement in international conflict resolution as an important dimension of Irish

foreign policy. This internship is designed to provide the individual selected with the

opportunity to gain practical experience in policy development and in the work of the

Conflict Resolution Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The internship will

be for a maximum duration of 11 months, commencing on Monday 14 September 2015.

Qualifications/Experience:

 A first or second class honours degree is required, preferably in International Relations,

History, Politics or related discipline

 A strong interest in conflict resolution is desirable, as demonstrated by previous work

experience in this area, specialised studies or academic training

 A postgraduate degree with a focus on conflict resolution and/or peace and security

studies is desirable

 High level of oral and written communication skills are essential

 Good interpersonal, administrative and organisational skills

 Flexibility and capability to work independently and as a member of a team

The role is likely to involve assistance on a variety of tasks and projects in the area of conflict

resolution (as well as the OSCE, Council of Europe, and United Nations as required) including

 research and policy analysis

 drafting of briefing papers and reports on selected thematic issues

 attending and taking notes at meetings

 contributing to the design and planning of conferences and events

 responding to public queries and requests for information

 performance of other related duties to support the ongoing work of the Unit as

Environmental and therapy funded internships in Malta

Marine Turtle

 

 

 

 

 

Agape Adventures has three fully funded places in two different Maltese projects. These are year long experiences starting in September and funded through the Erasmus+ scheme.

FULLY FUNDED INTERNSHIP – Malta. Marine Turtle Sanctuary.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 20/02/2015
TWO PLACES

Marine turtle

Join a first class team who are working to ensure the beauty of Malta’s natural environment is maintained, and to spread the message of environmental responsibility on the island. The team focus on environmental education and marine rescue – protecting local dolphins and marine turtles with a 24hr rescue & rehabilitation service.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join a dedicated team who have been working on the island of Malta for many years caring for the environmental development, and promoting conservation issues & education within the local population. Their commitment is to the conservation of Maltese nature through the promotion of environmental awareness, managing areas of natural and scientific interest, and lobbying for effective environmental legislation.

Over the years the team has been successful in gaining legal protection for various plants and animals in the Maltese Islands, helping to save from extinction some of the local endemic species. Their particular area of focus is the rescue of injured marine turtles and stranded dolphins. There is a dedicated 24 hour duty rescue team on call who are all professionally trained.There is a strong emphasis also on education within the project – reaching out to the local schools and communities. Groups of children regularly visit the centre and get actively involved in the learning process, the lessons are hands on and encourage the children to care for the environment around them.

You receive: Training, Return Travel to Malta , Accommodation, Food allowance, Monthly stipend, Insurance cover and 24/7 support.

To apply you must be between the ages of 18-30, an Irish citizen & available to leave in September and stay for a whole year.
This is a fantastic opportunity to really put your knowledge into action and gain vital work experience in conservation, environmental education and marine biology.

Read the full details and access the online application form on our website. Please apply online and ignore the price stated as this is a funded position.


 

FULLY FUNDED INTERNSHIP – Malta. Therapy Unit.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 23 /02/2015
ONE PLACE

Kids in Malta therapy project

Bask in the beauty of the island of Malta, whilst helping to support one of the most innovative and forward thinking therapy centres around – a fantastic way to use your time & gain experience.
This project captures all that is good about modern therapy and makes it even better! Focussing on the needs of a wide variety of clients, the staff work to bring joy, movement, achievement and a vital boost to self esteem in those they are working with. As an organization, they offer a range of services that focus on the individual’s needs and potential.

The staff are all highly trained and experienced, sharing knowledge across the various teams to ensure that the approach is truly multi-disciplinary. The state-of-the-art facilities compliment the programmes and services to ensure that people with disabilities have access to professional care, advice, training and therapy. Joining this team will provide you with a wealth of experience, opening your eyes to the amazing impact each therapy can have on any individual of all levels of ability.

You will have opportunity to assist in every area of the projects’ work, learning new skills along the way. If you are staying longer term you will be given the opportunity to specify which therapy area you are most interested in, and give time to focus on developing your skills further in this field. This truly is an amazing opportunity in an amazing Island that could revolutionise your future!

This project is a fantastic facility providing an array of therapeutic, educational and leisure services to children and adults with physical and/or learning disabilities, completely free of charge!Their aim is to support individuals & carers by focusing on activities that increase independence and inclusion.

There is a dizzying array of activities running within the centre, including:

· Multi Sensory Therapy
· Animal Interaction Programmes
· Arts and Crafts
· Pottery
· Horse Riding Therapy
· Aqua therapy
· Computer lab with assistive technology
· Sports club for persons with physical Disabilities and more!

You receive: Training, Return Travel to Malta , Accommodation, Food allowance, Monthly stipend, Insurance cover and 24/7 support.

To apply you must be between the ages of 18-30, an Irish citizen & available to leave in September and stay for a whole year.

Read the full details on & access the online application form on our website. Please apply online and ignore the price stated as this is a funded position.

UCD Students Sweep the Board in IAESTE awards

IAESTE awards - UCD students

IAESTE awards - UCD studentsWith UCD students occupying 7 of 8 finalist places at last night’s IAESTE Ireland Trainee of the Year, it was always a possibility that UCD would take all three top positions and that’s exactly what happened at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin on 20 October 2014.

IAESTE awards - Naimh O'BrienFirst place and a prize of €300 went to Niamh O’Brien, a second year student of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Second place and a cheque for €200 went to Camille O’Malley, a fourth year student of Chemistry, and third place and a prize of €100 went to Jennifer Holian, a fourth year student of Chemical Engineering.

This is the first time in recent years that UCD students have swept the board at this annual event and the third year running that the top prize has gone to a UCD student. Students were assessed on presentations that clearly demonstrated tangible internship outcomes such as personal and professional development, integration into a new country, society and workplace.

The judges were Ms Charis Hughes, Communications Officer, Leargas (Chair), Dr David Foster, UCD Director of Career Development and Skills and Ms Sandra Kavanagh, Faculty of Mathematics, Engineering and Science, Trinity College Dublin.

IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) was founded in 1948 by Imperial College London, arriving in Ireland during 1962. Since its foundation, IAESTE has exchanged 340,000 interns in Science, Engineering, Architecture and IT, including 2400 Irish students who have undertaken internships across 87 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Internships generally last for about 12 weeks but can last for up to one year and are open to undergraduate, graduate students and those already graduated. IAESTE Ireland is managed by the National Agency, Leargas and funded by the Department of Education and Skills. Find out more about IAESTE on their website or call into UCD Career Development Centre.

Congratulations to all UCD students who undertook IAESTE internships during 2014.

Volunteer and do some good…and build up your CV

Have you ever wondered how you can develop important employability skills such as communication, team work, and leadership and still give back at the same time? Then volunteering might be just for you.

You can volunteer across a range of sectors and organisations both nationally and internationally. Visit the Career Development Centre for an overview of volunteering at UCD and further afield.

Some great upcoming volunteering opportunities are:

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  • Dublin City Volunteer Recruitment Fair on 21st October 2014, 16:00-20:00, Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Meet with a large number of local charities to hear about the opportunities that they have for you
  • Ozanam House Resource Centre is looking for volunteers to help with their youth groups that work with children from the north inner city. The groups run on Tuesdays and Thursday, 17:00-18:30.
  • SUAS Volunteer Programme 2015 has opened applications for Summer 2015 teaching assistant volunteers in India. The deadline for applications is 28th October 2014. Volunteers work and live in teams of 8-12 and each team has a Team Coordinator who will support their personal and professional development on placement. Volunteers participate in academic and extra-curricular activities, including: sports, IT training, drama, art, music and individual tuition. These are 10-week placements in either Kolkata, Delhi, or rural West Bengal.
  • CoderDojo mentors in actionBecome a CoderDojo (Northside Enterprise Centre) volunteer mentor. CoderDojo is a non-profit, volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people between 7 and 17 learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology using MIT Scratch, HTML, Javascript, Python and more!If you have coding skills why not become a mentor? As a CoderDojo mentor you can  improve your coding ability, help shape the new generation of digital makers, add CoderDojo mentoring to your list of skills and maybe even learn something new along the way. Dojos run every second Saturday from 14:00-16:00. Contact Jean Rooney for full details.
  • Habitat for Humanity Ireland is recruiting  a Communications/International Programme Intern. The communications and international departments aim to inspire others to join Habitat Ireland’s mission to eliminate poverty housing at home and internationally. They are seeking a talented, creative and enthusiastic candidate to work closely with the Communications Manager and the International Programme Manager to implement an ambitious Communications and International Programme strategy. This is a 6-month internship. The closing date for applications is 17th October 2014.

Human Rights internships in the Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting applications for internships in its Human Rights Unit in Dublin, and possibly in the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in Geneva.

Department of Foreign Affairs & TradeHuman Rights are accorded a high priority in Irish foreign policy. The Human Rights Unit coordinates Ireland’s international human rights policy, and ensures that human rights concerns are given full expression in all areas of the Government’s foreign policy. The positions are for a period of eleven months, with the first position commencing in May 2014. A further number of positions may also be available in Geneva. A shortlist of suitable candidates will be established from which the internship positions will be filled.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications/experience:

  • A first or second class honours degree in Law, International Relations, Human Rights, Politics or another relevant discipline is required.
  • A post-graduate or professional qualification is desirable.
  • A good knowledge of International and/or Human Rights Law is highly desirable.
  • A strong interest in human rights and current affairs is desirable.
  • Previous work experience with organisations working in the field of human rights would also be desirable.
  • Good computer skills are essential.
  • Flexibility, initiative, good judgement, excellent drafting skills and the ability to work with a team are essential.
  • Proficiency in the French language, while not essential, is desirable.

Please note that applications will only be considered from new applicants, or candidates who have undertaken a previous Internship of six months or less in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or in an Irish diplomatic mission abroad.

Candidates wishing to apply for the intern positions should complete the application form in either English or Irish (please do NOT submit CVs):

HRU Intern Application Form 2014 – English version

Foirm Iarratais 2014 – As Gaeilge

We strongly advise applicants to ensure that they are using the 2014 application form. If candidates wish to be considered for positions in Geneva, this should be clearly indicated. Completed application forms, clearly marked, INTERN APPLICATION, should be submitted by close of business on Friday 14 March 2014 to:

Mr Colin Wrafter
Director
Human Rights Unit
Department of Foreign Affairs
79-80 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2

Email: hruintern@dfa.ie

Applications can be submitted by post or by e-mail. Applications received after the closing date for applications will not be considered. Selection will be on the basis of a competitive interview. If a large number of applications is received, candidates will be short listed for interview on the basis of information supplied in their application. Interviews will take place in Dublin the week beginning Monday 24 March 2014.

The pay rate applicable to all interns is that of the first point on the Executive Officer grade in the Civil Service. There is no entitlement to Civil Service status.

Citizens of non-European Economic Area (EEA) States are not eligible to compete. The EEA consists of the member states of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. A candidate who is in doubt, in this regard, should consult the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity. It is important to note that canvassing will disqualify applicants automatically.

Accenture Summer Internships 2014

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AccentureAccenture are looking for graduates for their 3 month summer internship programme. Those from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

There are a range of programmes in management, technology and analytics. Applications are now open and will close on Monday 3rd March 2014. Internships will commence on 3rd June and end on 29th August 2014.

You can meet Accenture on Belfield campus in the next few weeks – have a look on the Events page of our website to find out when and where.

Traineeships in the European Commission

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European Commission logoFancy 5 months paid work and an amazing opportunity to gain experience? The European Commission is accepting applications for traineeships to start in October 2014. You’ll need a degree and language skills.

Trainees work all over the European Commission. The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to. You may work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy…

Your daily work will mainly consist of:

  • attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings
  • researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations; answering queries
  • running projects

The closing date is 3rd February 2014. Find all the details and how to apply on the European Commission website.

If you’re a recent UCD graduate (up to 2 years since graduating), you can book an appointment with a Career & Skills Consultant in UCD Careers to look over your application before you submit.

Find an internship or graduate vacancy

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There are hundreds of internships and job vacancies being advertised on Careers Connect, including jobs in Dublin, the rest of Ireland and overseas – with new employers registering every day.

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If you’re a student, login with your UCD Connect username and password. If you’ve graduated from UCD, you can register for an alumni account by filling in a simple form. You can update your profile to indicate industry areas you’re interested in, and choose whether to receive email alerts for vacancies.