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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities

The Department has specific recruitment procedures. In common with other Government Departments, most permanent posts in the Department are filled from panels of candidates selected by competitive examination. These examinations are run by the Public Appointments Service (PAS), which is the central recruiting body for the whole of the Irish civil service.

On the PAS website, you can read more about civil service roles, including those particular to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Internship opportunities do arise with the Department and we recommend you keep in contact with the Careers’ Office of your University.

Opportunities with Irish Aid

Since 2009, Irish Aid has managed a Junior Professional Internship (JPI) Scheme. This is aimed at providing valuable experience in development cooperation (policy and practice) to highly professional and motivated individuals, who may seek a career in development cooperation and related sectors. The JPI Scheme is intended for those who have at least two years or more experience after completing postgraduate studies at university or similar institutions, and have demonstrated a high level of commitment, motivation and interest in development cooperation or a related sector. JPIs are assigned to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade offices in Limerick and Dublin. Application forms and further information is available on the Irish Aid website. Closing date is 5pm on the 6th April 2018

EU Jobs Ireland

The EU Jobs Ireland campaign was launched by the Government in 2012 with the aim of increasing the number of Irish applicants applying in EU recruitment competitions and securing permanent positions within the institutions. Coordinated by the Department of the Taoiseach, the campaign draws on the expertise of Ireland’s leading EU stakeholders to provide you with essential information about the type of jobs that are available and how to set about securing them.

EU Jobs Ireland provides a range of information services - including a dedicated EU Jobs Ireland newsletter, Twitter feed @eujobsireland and Facebook page ( to keep you up to date with the latest EU Jobs news. The campaign also arranges regular talks and information sessions at Universities and Career Fairs across Ireland and in Brussels. Finally, it provides expert advice and training to Irish candidates ahead of major EU recruitment competitions to maximize their chances of success.

Find out more at or register to receive the campaign’s newsletter by emailing