Internship opportunities for graduates from CAFRE

Christy Grassick, manager of Coolmore Ireland, pictured with 2014 intern Adam Nesbitt.''
Christy Grassick, manager of Coolmore Ireland, pictured with 2014 intern Adam Nesbitt.''

CAFRE Enniskillen Campus prides itself on producing graduates who have the skills to succeed within a competitive equine industry.

This is evidenced through the graduates of both the BSc (Hons) Equine Management and Foundation Degree (FdSc) Equine Management often gaining good positions within the equine industry.

Within the industry in recent years there has been development of a range of internship opportunities which can be the first step on the ladder to success.

Internships allow graduates to gain valuable insights into how an organisation operates whilst offering opportunities for the graduate to develop a wide range of relevant skills.

As a leading provider of equine courses CAFRE Enniskillen Campus has developed a number of links with the industry which has enabled the development of internship opportunities extended exclusively to graduates of our programmes.

Last year a fantastic internship opportunity was offered for the first time through Coolmore Ireland.

The internship offers the successful graduate the opportunity to start the year by travelling to Australia to work for six months followed by six months work in Ireland.

A competitive recruitment process is used in the selection of a suitable graduate with an initial application process being followed with short listing and then interviews which take place at Coolmore Ireland.

The successful candidate last year was Adam Nesbitt who has come through the ranks at CAFRE Enniskillen having started on a further education programme and then progressing onto the BSc (Hons) Equine Management degree.

Throughout the internship Adam has provided regular updates on his progress and the range of opportunities he has had to develop his skills whilst working in a leading international Thoroughbred organisation.

In the latter part of his year as a Coolmore Intern Adam has been working at Ballydoyle Racing Stable which is home to the extremely successful trainer Aidan O’Brien.

A new intern will commence work with Coolmore in August 2015 and again the selection process has been very competitive.

This year’s successful graduate is Leon Carrick who recently graduated from the BSc (Hons) Equine Management programme.

Another recent development has been the launch of a fantastic internship opportunity with The Irish Field.

The opportunity was offered to all BSc (Hons) and FdSc Equine Management students.

The students wrote an article as part of the application process and were then short listed for interview.

There was tough competition and after a very successful round of interviews Leanne O’Sullivan was selected for the internship.

She will now have the opportunity to work with The Irish Field and produce material for publication which is a great step on the ladder towards a successful career in equine journalism.

It is extremely promising to see so many of the CAFRE Enniskillen Campus graduates gaining internship opportunities with such significant organisations.

Enniskillen Campus Management, Staff and Students are extremely grateful to all those who work with us to help to provide these internship opportunities.

It is so important for recent graduates to build up their CVs and to have a competitive edge within the jobs market to enable them to develop strong careers in an area that they are extremely passionate about succeeding in.

To find out more about the equine courses offered at Enniskillen Campus including the BSc (Hons) and FdSc Degree programme along to our careers advice evening on Thursday 20 August at 7pm.

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