- Are you interested in finding out more about local politics in your area?
- Would you like to experience how local politics operates on the frontline?
Between March and June 2018 the Immigrant Council of Ireland will co-ordinate nine local political internships across Ireland for people from a migrant background. Successful applicants will be placed with local participating councillors for one day a week over a four month period. Participants will attend council and community meetings and volunteer with the councillor on local issues.
Successful applicants will be expected to keep a weekly written journal of their experiences and participate in review exercises. Orientation and ongoing support will be provided by the Immigrant Council. In co-ordination with the interns and councillors, the Immigrant Council will help to publicise the participant’s experiences with a view to encouraging migrants to engage more with their local political system. Media training will also be provided.
A more specific schedule of engagement will be developed once an intern is placed with the councillor. The content and timetable of the schedule will be defined by the work patterns and needs of the specific councillor and the availability and skills of the intern.
Time commitment: The intern will need to be able to put aside approximately 7 hours per week for a 16 week period, in order to successfully engage in the programme and record his/her experiences.
Councillors work varying hours depending on their personal circumstances. Councillors often work in evenings and on Saturdays. Along with local community meetings and events in the councillors’ local area it is envisaged that interns could attend the following:
- Monthly council meetings. Usually the first Monday of every month in the evening
- Area committee meetings (monthly) and relevant Strategic Policy Committee meetings
Applicant requirements: Applicants need to:
- be non-EEA citizens or recently naturalised Irish citizens originally from a non-EEA country
- have very good written and spoken English language skills
- have an interest in politics
- be reliable, with a strong commitment to the aims of the scheme
- be able to work well under pressure and use their initiative
- work well in a team.
Desirable attributes: Skills and/or experience in the following areas would be desirable:
research, community work, office administration, information technology, any relevant educational or work experience related to politics. Particular subject expertise or interests may also be relevant.
Please e-mail your English language CV with up to date references to firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of Friday 12 January 2018. Referees will not be contacted without your consent. Please attach a separate document that includes an answer in English to the following question: Why do you want to participate in this scheme? Max 250 words
Placements will start in the first week of March 2018 and run until the end of June 2018.
Please note there is no financial remuneration for participation in this scheme.