What is JobBridge?

 JobBridge is a National Internship Scheme that provides work experience placements for interns for a 6 or 9 month period.  Its aim is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills.

What is an internship?

An internship provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a working environment to those looking to explore or gain the relevant knowledge and skills required to enter into a particular career field.  The jobseeker will be registered with their local Employment Service Office or the Local Employment Office.

How will I be paid?

Interns will receive an allowance of €50.00 per week on top of their social welfare entitlement.  This will be payable for the length of time they are on the internship.  Internships are available to all eligible jobseekers across a wide range of sectors.

Multiple Internships

Individuals may avail of a maximum of 3 JobBridge internships, however, the total cumulative time spent on the scheme cannot exceed 18 months (78 weeks). An intern will not be permitted to do more than one internship with the same company. The maximum duration of an individual internship is 9 months (39 weeks

Jobseekers Eligibility

The jobseeker must be unemployed, in receipt of:

  • Jobseekers Allowance (JA)
  • Jobseekers Benefit (JB)
  • Disability Allowance (DA)
  • Or signing for Social Insurance Contribution Credits immediately before commencing on JobBridge.
  • Has a Live Claim

Periods spent on Back to Education Allowance, VTOS, FÁS/Fáilte Ireland Training course, Youthreach, FIT, Community Employment Schemes, TÚS, the Rural Social Scheme, Back to Work Scheme, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Momentum Courses, FÁS Job Initiative or Job Assist will count towards meeting the eligibility of JobBridge provides:

If you are not on the above payments or are in receipt of Blind Pension or Widows Pension you are ineligible to participate in JobBridge even if you are also receiving half rate Jobseekers Benefit.  Remember, you do not need to confirm your eligibility until you have been selected by a host organisation.


  1. If you are selected, the host organisation will provide you with an eligibility (UP51C) Form.


  1. Your local Social Welfare Office will complete the form to confirm your eligibility.


  1. If eligibility is confirmed, the Social Welfare Office returns (for eligible clients only) the form to JobBridge for processing.


  1. Individuals who are ineligible will have the form(s) returned to them by the Social Welfare/Social Welfare Services and you must notify the Host Organisation that you are ineligible to participate on JobBridge


Where is the vacancies advertised?

All Internships vacancies must be registered with the National Contact Centre (NCC)

The JobBridge vacancies will be vetted before going on to:

  1. Jobs Irelands
  2. Employment Service Offices (DSP)
  3. Local Employment Offices. (DSP)


  • The jobseeker will browse the advertised internships that they may be interested in.
  • The jobseeker will then contact their Employment Services office or Local Employment office and be submitted for the internship (listing the INTE – Number on the Internship job).
  • The individual will apply direct to the host organisation listed on the Internship.
  • If you are selected, the host organisation will give you a social welfare form.

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