Hundreds of Irish companies advertise for JobBridge interns every week. The programme can last for up to 9 months, during which full-time interns receive €50 a week on top of their social welfare payments. That works out at €3.75 an hour if the intern is under the age of 25.
In a new series, Trinity News will feature a sample of internships that are posted in the JobBridge database every week. Some of the host organisations are large companies, some are educational institutions, others are small businesses and non-profits. The one thing they have in common is that none of them want to pay their interns a living wage.
This company says its intern will receive training in Excel and Word. Its ideal candidate will be a qualified engineer or technician with knowledge of…Excel and Word.
2. UCD Administrative Assistant
UCD needs an intern to book lecture rooms and multi-task with “strict time constraints”.
3. Meat Counter Assistant
Supervalu’s next JobBridge intern will “gain practical experience in all aspects of the daily running of a meat counter.” You might even be able to afford the fancy ham after a few hours of work.
As well as slaving away in a factory, this intern will gain an “increased understanding of a healthy lifestyle”. Ooh.
Dublin City Council is seeking an intern with a “good knowledge of the archaeology and history of Viking Ireland.”
7. CAR VALET
The lucky intern selected by Morrin Motors will be trained in “cleaning of interior and exterior of cars, safe use of cleaning product, dealing with customer queries, [and] ordering car parts.”
8. TYRE FITTER
Another Victorian employer is looking for an intern to “mount and dismount tyres” for €3.75 an hour.
9. ASSISTANT BREWER
This hipster craft brewery’s ideal intern will be “confident”, “personable”, and “strong (lift up to 25kg)”.
And last, but not least…
10. SIGN MAKER
“On completion the intern will have attained skills in all aspects of sign making, team working, and time management.”