Internship fair draws 'young, free and eager'
THEY'RE mostly young, educated, ambitious and willing to work for free.
Hundreds of graduates, undergraduates and jobseekers flocked to the first dedicated internship fair at Dublin's National College of Ireland (NCI) armed with CVs, enthusiasm and hope that working for a few months for free will give them the experience and skills to land them a job.
Organised by NCI and the recruitment website Jobs.ie, the fair attracted 17 recruiters from a variety of employers in the IT, accounting and financial services sector looking to hire interns for up to six months.
Despite perceptions that some employers exploit interns as a source of free labour, NCI marketing director Robert Ward said the reality was they generally could be a very positive experience for both the employer and the intern.
"A lot of people are looking for that first step on the jobs ladder and an internship can really enhance your CV," he told the Irish Independent.
Accounting student Hugh Devlin (21), from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, said he was looking to line up an internship in the financial services sector next year when he completed his final year at the Institute of Business and Technology in Swords.
He is not only willing to work for free but to put in the time and effort to succeed, he said. "I personally think you have to have internship these days," he said.