Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD has launched a landmark programme to engage Irish students in international affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s work to promote Ireland’s interests and values around the globe. As part of the programme - the first of its kind by any Government department - students will compete to spend a week in the Department and will visit foreign embassies to see first-hand the work and impact of international diplomacy.
The Iveagh Scholars competition, open to transition year students, is the first of its kind to be launched by a Government department. Students are invited to enter a competition in which they write an essay or record a short video on the theme of “Ireland’s values”.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will invite thirty competition winners to spend a week in the Department. During this week they will meet with diplomats on duty at home and abroad, visit Leinster House and also visit foreign embassies in Dublin. The students will have the chance to discuss and share their views on key issues in Ireland’s foreign policy, from human rights to promoting Irish businesses abroad.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A FORMAL WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME. THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS RUN CENTRALLY THROUGH SCHOOLS – PLEASE ASK YOUR TY COORDINATOR FOR FURTHER DETAILS. THE DEPARTMENT CANNOT ACCEPT INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS.