National Graduate Programme 2018-2020

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** The Application Process for Enterprise Ireland 2018 – 2020 Graduate Programmes is currently closed

About the National Graduate Programme

This is a two year, Ireland-based Graduate Programme that offers graduates an opportunity to support Irish enterprises as part of a professional and dynamic team, contributing to our companies’ successes and therefore supporting sustainable economic growth. 

As Development Executives, our graduates support Enterprise Ireland’s work with client companies through all stages of business development, from start-up, to established small and medium-sized enterprises and Irish multinational companies with the ambition to achieve growth and scale.

These graduates play a key role in helping Enterprise Ireland to deliver on the vision for Irish business to become a powerhouse of economic growth and job creation. 

What skills can I expect to develop?

This is a Business Development and Client Engagement role. During the programme you will receive on-going training, mentoring and experience and you will have the opportunity to develop key skills in a range of the following areas:

  • Business Analysis:  Ability to develop, articulate and to professionally evaluate business plans to prepare cases for investment support.
  • Business Models: Understanding and experience of business models and the phases of company development. Gain experience and understanding of the Enterprise Ireland supports, funding and other requirements of client companies.
  • Client Engagement: Ability to establish positive and proactive client relationships.
  • Market Research: Performing market research and develop the ability to analyse trends in sectors.
  • Project Management: Develop Project Management skills while delivering client projects.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Enhance communication network and relationship-building skills.
  • Organisational Development: Identify, facilitate and build strategic training to enhance the organisation.
  • Policy Development: To analyse and understand the impact of economic issues on indigenous industry.

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Are these opportunities for you?

These challenging roles require confident individuals who are professional, client focused, and highly motivated with the energy and enthusiasm to deliver projects and results. Excellent communication, networking and relationship building skills, coupled with a teamwork and flexible approach are essential. 


Role Requirements:

  • We look for strong academic performance, a minimum of a (level NFQI Level 8) 2.2 degree.
  • We accept many different degree disciplines. Business or entrepreneurship knowledge, skills or experience is a distinct advantage.
  • You must have completed your degree between January 2016 and August 2018.
  • You must be available to start the role in late August/early September 2018.
  • Eligibility to work under an Irish contract of employment for the two-year duration of the programme is essential.
  • Native or fluent English is required.
  • Fluency or advanced level in any other language is considered an advantage.
  • Relevant work experience is desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience of Irish indigenous industry/companies is a distinct advantage.


** The Application Process for Enterprise Ireland 2018 – 2020 Graduate Programmes is currently closed

Application and Selection Process

  • Placement on Enterprise Ireland’s Graduate Programme 2018-2020 will be subject to verification of meeting the eligibility criteria.
  • Assessments may include online questionnaires/testing, video or telephone interview, assessment centres and interview/presentation participation.
  • Successful graduates joining Enterprise Ireland on the Graduate Programme 2018-2020 will begin their programme in Dublin in early September 2018.


Contact Us

Graduate Programme Team
Human Resources Department
Enterprise Ireland
The Plaza
East Point Business Park
Dublin 3

Graduate Programme Team

+353 1 727 2778 

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