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International Graduate Programme

“The world is full of opportunities for you to leave your mark. There’s a thousand things that need changing, and you’ve decided, it’s about time someone got around to changing them."

From Ireland to the world – At Bord Bia we believe in nurturing the next generation of talent, while experiencing the vastness of the world at large. All this while gaining a Masters qualification in Global Business Practice from UCD Smurfit Business School.

What we’re offering

We’re offering YOU a career-changing opportunity. We’re looking to foster the next generation of talent in the Irish food and drink industry. This programme offers invaluable market experience to graduates, which can act as a springboard for a successful career in the food and drink sector. This programme combines on-the-job experiential learning, with a fully-funded monthly bursary, and academic study leading to a UCD Smurfit Business School accredited MSc.

All participants in the International Graduate programme, regardless of their role will receive:

  • Fully funded Master’s in Global Business Practice
  • 23 Months work experience in one of Bord Bia’s 15 offices
  • Competitive tax-free bursary
  • 22 days annual leave plus study leave
  • Extensive training in: Consumer Insights, Sustainability, Brand Marketing, Digital Innovation and Leadership.
  • Continuous feedback, mentoring and coaching through regular Development Priority setting
  • Professional and Career Development
  • Membership of the Bord Bia Alumni network
  • Laptop
  • Paid business expenses
  • Employee assistance programme

The Programme Structure

You already know that with our programme, you’ll blend full-time work experience with a full-time Master’s but, you’re probably wondering how that will work in practice.

Don’t worry – it’s completely manageable, here’s how:

You’ll complete 8 modules in total over the 23-month programme. These lectures are delivered on campus in UCD Smurfit Business School.

Students will complete two modules over a two week period in;

  • Summer 2021
  • Winter 2021/2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Winter 2022/2023

You’ll complete group or individual assignments in the months following each block release and submit these assignments online. Also, there are no exams, so you can easily avoid those late-night cramming sessions.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for graduates from any discipline as long as you have a Level 8 degree on the NFQ Framework and a minimum of 2:2 (expected or attained).

Above that, we want graduates that have a passion for the Irish Food and Drink Industry. We’re working for and with producers that have that passion, so you should too.

We also want graduates that are resilient, motivated, hardworking, and team players.