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Would You like to Represent Irish Food Overseas?

Bord Bia - The Irish Food Board, in conjunction with the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, are seeking 25 high potential, ambitious, motivated professionals who have aspirations to become future leaders in the Irish Food industry. 

Together they are offering a Marketing Fellowship which blends action learning, through a year long, fully-funded, foreign industry placement, with a ‘block-release’ academic business education programme.

This intensive 12-month action learning programme gives successful candidates the combined opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with some of Ireland’s leading food companies while also gaining a Masters degree - an MSc in International Marketing Practice.

The programme blends action learning, through a year long, fully funded, foreign industry placement, with a ‘block-release’ academic business education programme. This is a Level 9 NFQ qualification.

The two key elements of the programme are outlined as follows:
In-Market Placement with Bord Bia clients (based overseas) early-Aug 2015 to June 2016
Block Release Academic Programme (based in Ireland). Mid-June to early-Aug 2015; 2 weeks pre Christmas and 1 week pre-Easter 2016.

Who Should Apply?
Applications are welcomed from all graduates with a minimum of 2-3 years work experience. Some placements will require fluency in a second language (for example French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Polish, Japanese or Chinese.)

Placement Locations
Placement of the Fellowship participants will be selected from locations which may include New York, London, Dubai, Sydney, Shanghai, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Warsaw.

Candidate Selection
There are 20-25 places available on this programme and participants will be selected following a rigorous and exacting recruitment process. Interested participants must be available if selected to take part in the interview and assessment process around April 2014 in Dublin (attendance on one day is required - exact dates to be confirmed) and if successful must be ready to commence the programme on the 16th June 2015.

Successful candidates must be available to commence the programme in Dublin on the 15th June. 

This is a full-time programme. 100% Tuition Fees are paid, plus a €22,800 bursary.

Closing Date for Applications is 5th Mar 2015.
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It is written & curated by Zack Gallagher, Donegal Town, Co Donegal, Ireland.

“My Blog is a slice of the Irish Food ‘Network’. I’m a Chef with over 27 years experience and also have a background in media. I’m passionate about Irish Food Tourism and I believe that a rising tide really can lift all boats!”

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Zack is building an all-Ireland Food Tourism network to assist Tour Operators bringing guests into Ireland to connect easily with artisan Irish food producers, so as they can experience the provenance and personality behind our Irish food Visit