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Bealtaine Festival Internship - Applications Open

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*We are no longer accepting applications for this internship as the deadline has passed


Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival is looking for an intern to be part of the Festival Team 2017. The intern will play an important role in supporting the 2017 Festival.

What's in it for you?

We are keen to support the professional development of our interns; an internship with the Bealtaine Festival will provide unique opportunities to be involved in a successful collaborative festival. Specifically you will have an opportunity to:

  • Utilise your skills as well as learn and develop new skills.
  • Interact and network with a wide variety of people.
  • Travel to and attend events across Dublin and surrounding counties.
  • Learn about issues concerning older people.

Attendance at all performances/events will be free.

Specific intern responsibilities

These responsibilities may vary depending on the educational background and training of the intern but could include all or some of the following depending on skill-set:

  • To assist with and help implement the national social media campaign drawn up by the Festival Team, and overseen by the PR, Communications and Marketing Manager, in particular, facebook and twitter.
  • To assist with and help maintain the newly launched Bealtaine web site both in terms of content generation and updating information.
  • To liaise with local and regional groups on their plans for Bealtaine and the gathering of information from these groups in order to feed in to a nationwide PR campaign which is managed by the PR, Communications and Marketing Manager.
  • To assist with local as well as national radio coverage, and assist with writing press releases when needed by the partner organisations, with approval from the PR, Marketing and Communications Manager.
  • To provide support to the curated programme of events taking place nationwide in terms of event logistics and co-ordination.
  • To attend events and assist with logistics.
  • To assist with rolling out the Festival evaluation and gathering and preparation of data from the evaluation.
  • To be a point of contact in the Age & Opportunity office and respond to enquiries from the public and direct people to local and national Bealtaine events.
  • To respond to requests for information from the public and maintain a record of all such calls, keeping sufficiently up to date with the curated programme in order to be an informed first point of contact for the public.
  • To assist with the monitoring and updating of the Age & Opportunity data base of contacts on an ongoing basis.

General responsibilities

We expect interns to follow the procedures outlined in Age & Opportunity's Procedures manual, take part in reviews of performance, work in an organised way, provide adequate reporting, meet deadlines and ensure clear communication of work.

General administrative support to the Festival Team would be required. This could include updating databases and filing systems, assisting with email campaigns and mail-outs, assisting with distribution of invites and launch events, distribution and archival of printed materials; communications and general administration.

Reporting Duties

The intern will in general report to the Arts and Culture Coordinator. The intern will liaise with and report to the PR, Communications and Marketing Manager on all communications and social media.


• A third-level qualification which relates to one the following: Social Media/PR/Marketing; Event Management; Arts Administration; Arts Management; Cultural Policy; Heritage or Charity Sector.
• Excellent research, communication and organisational skills.
• Experience with Microsoft office, excel, powerpoint, word and outlook.
• High level of IT competence and social media knowledge.
• Commitment to the Bealtaine vision and work of Age & Opportunity.
• Ability to work as part of a team, a friendly open manner
• An understanding of the Arts Sector and/or not-for-profit sector in Ireland.
• Personally focused to ensure delivery of high standards of work.
• Ability to work in an organised manner.
• Ability to plan, prepare and complete projects to meet deadlines.
• Ability to handle responsibility and work under pressure.

Time Commitment

We require interns to be available for a minimum of 16 hours a week. The internship is for a period of 8 – 10 weeks and will take place at some point between March and June 2017 depending on the skill-set of the intern.


The Bealtaine Festival operates from Age & Opportunity's offices in the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin. Travel around the city may be required as may intercity travel.

How to apply

Please note that this is an unpaid internship.
Please send your CV with a covering letter explaining why you would like to this internship to
Karen Hennessy, Arts and Culture Coordinator, Age and Opportunity.

Marking the subject header: Bealtaine Festival Internship
Deadline: 5pm, 16 January 2017


Further information

Age & Opportunity

Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that inspires everyone to reach their full potential as they age. Age & Opportunity's mission is to inspire and empower older people to live healthy and fulfilling lives and to influence policy to ensure the active participation of older people in ways that benefit our communities and wider society. Apropos of this, Age and Opportunity has three strategic themes: to ensure meaningful engagement for all older people in socio-cultural life in Ireland, to influence policy and practice at local and international levels and to ensure organisational effectiveness. The Bealtaine festival of creativity for older people is at the centre of Age and Opportunity's arts and culture programme. The Festival is the exemplar of the organisation's drive to create high-quality, meaningful engagement in the arts for older people in Ireland and is delivered through strategic partnerships.

The Bealtaine Festival

Bealtaine is Ireland's national festival celebrating creativity in older age that takes place each May. The Bealtaine festival is increasingly recognised as a major innovator in the area of creativity and older people globally. In addition to nurturing older and intergenerational audiences, the festival showcases the talents and skills of both established and first-time older artists and performers, promoting access to theatre, film, music, dance, the visual arts, and storytelling (amongst others). In 2016, over 124,695 people took part in Bealtaine, with 660 partners involved in 3,527 events, making it one of Ireland's biggest arts festivals and Ireland's largest co-operative Arts festival. As such, the festival works on a model of collaboration and partnership across sectors and art forms. (new web site in development).

The Bealtaine Festival is funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and made possible through its many supporters nationwide.

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