Recently featured in the Irish Times the innovative Opening Power to Diversity (OPD) intern scheme for non-EU migrants and naturalised Irish citizens is now accepting applications for the fifth term to begin in November 2014. Endorsed by the Taoiseach the Opening Power to Diversity scheme will match volunteer migrants with TDs or Senators. Over a six month period participants will get a unique and valuable experience and insight into how politics works in Ireland by observing and assisting the TD/Senator in his/her daily work.
Role Description: The participant will follow the work of the TD/Senator during the day and participate in the activities of his/her office. Migrants will use their skills while getting involved in the TD/Senator’s activities, they will attend various meetings with TDs/Senators and observe at Committee meetings and Dáil sessions. Participants will also get involved in the work of the TD’s office at Leinster House and constituency level. Participants will also be expected to keep a weekly written or video diary of their experiences and participate in review exercises. Orientation and on-going support will be provided by CMP.