Intern scheme for non-EU migrants and naturalised Irish citizens

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 16:00

The innovative Opening Power to Diversity (OPD) intern scheme for non-EU migrants and naturalised Irish citizens is now accepting applications for the sixth term to begin in September 2015. Endorsed by the Taoiseach the Opening Power to Diversity scheme will match volunteer migrants with TDs or Senators. Over a six month period participants will get a unique and valuable experience and insight into how politics works in Ireland by observing and assisting the TD/Senator in his/her daily work.

The participant will follow the work of the TD/Senator during the day and participate in the activities of his/her office. Migrants will use their skills while getting involved in the TD/Senator’s activities, they will attend various meetings with TDs/Senators and observe at Committee meetings and Dáil sessions. Participants will also get involved in the work of the TD’s office at Leinster House and constituency level.  Participants will also be expected to keep a weekly diary of their experiences and participate in review exercises. Orientation and on-going support will be provided by Crosscare.

Time commitment: Two days a week over a six month period, excluding time spent on the diary. The six month period will start in September 2015.

Applicant requirements: The initiative is focused on non-EU nationals[i] or non-EU nationals who have recently become Irish citizens.

Applicants need to have legal permission to reside in the state and either have a Stamp 1, 3, 4 or 5 or be recently naturalised Irish citizens.

Essential: Applicants will need to be good written and verbal communicators. It is also essential that applicants have an interest in politics at some level. Reliability and commitment to the aims of the scheme are essential along with an ability to work well under pressure and an ability to use initiative. An ability to work well in a team is also essential.

Desirable: 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.
Application process:

  • Please e-mail your CV with up to date references to 
  • Write ‘OPD scheme’ in the subject line of your e-mail. 
  • Attached a separate document that includes an answer to the following question:Why do you want to participate in the Opening Power to Diversity scheme? Max 300 words.  

There is no financial remuneration for participation in this scheme and there is no expectation of paid employment with the TD at the end of the six month placement. There will be a limited fund to cover expenses.
For more information on the OPD scheme, testimonials of participating migrants and endorsements from both the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and others see this link:
Closing date for applications: Sunday May 3rd    
First interviews will be on Tuesday May 12th  
This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality, and Pobal.