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Politics and International Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Company/Organisation Profile

The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to promote and protect abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people. 

We provide a range of services to Irish citizens and work hard to ensure the promotion and protection of Ireland’s interests in the world. 

Our strategy and guiding principles are:

  • Promoting Ireland’s economic interests in Europe and internationally;
  • Delivering on Ireland’s global development commitments, focusing on poverty and hunger;
  • Advancing reconciliation and co-operation on this island;
  • Contributing to international peace, security and human rights;
  • Providing consular and passport services for Irish citizens and engage with Irish communities abroad. 

Our network of diplomatic missions is actively promoting Ireland as open for business and a destination for investment; we are building trade relations and identifying opportunities for the export of services. 

Placement Details

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.

 

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