Last call for Horse Racing Ireland student internship programme

2015 interns pictured are from left: Christopher Farrell (Tipperary intern), Jill O'Brien (Leopardstown intern), Tara Armstrong (Navan intern), Alison Harvey (Tote intern), Michelle Duffy (HRI intern), Martin Rice (Fairyhouse intern), William Kennedy (HRI racing department intern). Picture: Pat Healy/Healys Photographers
2015 interns pictured are from left: Christopher Farrell (Tipperary intern), Jill O'Brien (Leopardstown intern), Tara Armstrong (Navan intern), Alison Harvey (Tote intern), Michelle Duffy (HRI intern), Martin Rice (Fairyhouse intern), William Kennedy (HRI racing department intern). Picture: Pat Healy/Healys Photographers

Just one week remains for students to apply for the 2016 Horse Racing Ireland student internship programme, with applications closing on Monday, March 7th.

Now in its third year the programme gives students from colleges and universities across the country the opportunity to compete for five internships with Horse Racing Ireland for the summer of 2016.

2014 interns pictured are from left: Tarlach Mac Giolla Cheara (Fairyhouse intern), Niamh Baker (Navan intern), Ashley O'Sullivan (HRI intern), Molly Sidiakina (Leopardstown intern) and Michael Mulvihill (Tipperary intern). Picture: Pat Healy/Healys Photography

2014 interns pictured are from left: Tarlach Mac Giolla Cheara (Fairyhouse intern), Niamh Baker (Navan intern), Ashley O'Sullivan (HRI intern), Molly Sidiakina (Leopardstown intern) and Michael Mulvihill (Tipperary intern). Picture: Pat Healy/Healys Photography

Placements will be made in each of the four HRI racecourses: Fairyhouse, Navan, Leopardstown and Tipperary, as well as HRI headquarters in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

The internships will begin at the end of May 2016 and will run for 10-12 weeks with each intern asked to keep a log book and write a short blog on their experience. Applications will be accepted from students in any year of any course with an interest in horse racing and the promotion of racing.

Commenting on the initiative, Carol Nolan, Group Human Resource Manager at HRI said: “The Student Internship Programme is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable insights into the world of work within Horse Racing Ireland and its racecourses. As a business, we really look forward to seeing the students arrive every year who contribute greatly to our businesses during their time with us.”

As part of the programme students will also have the opportunity to partake in a number of group outings. In 2015 the students visited Kildangan Stud, The National Stud, trainer Eddie Lynam’s stables and went twilight racing in Naas and Leopardstown.

“The Student Internship Programme is an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable insights into the world of work within Horse Racing Ireland and its racecourses.”

Carol Nolan, Group Human Resource Manager, HRI

Students at the four HRI tracks will be required to assist in many areas of racecourse operations such as marketing, ticket sales, social media, website maintenance and raceday operations. The head-office-based intern will be placed in the marketing department and will assist with media monitoring, racecourse events, social media and website maintenance.

The application process aims to give students experience in the job-seeking process by sending an application along with a CV and cover letter to Horse Racing Ireland by March 7th 2016, following which suitable candidates will be called for interview. Successful students will receive a weekly payment.

Click on the following links for further information:

HRI Intern Job Description
Racecourse Intern Job Description
Application Form
Applications should be emailed to recruit@hri.ie by Monday March 7th 2016.

Pictured are: Laura Joy from Tipperary, Ian Hickey from Rathfarnham, Stephen Mulvaney Leopardstown and Molly Sidiakina from Mayo. Picture: Colm Mahady/Fennells - Fennell Photography

Pictured are: Laura Joy from Tipperary, Ian Hickey from Rathfarnham, Stephen Mulvaney Leopardstown and Molly Sidiakina from Mayo. Picture: Colm Mahady/Fennells - Fennell Photography