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ITBA Next Generation Internship Scheme launches for 2024/25

ITBA’s Internship Scheme was established in 2011 with the main aim to develop skills and knowledge of young enthusiasts in the thoroughbred industry
11-April-24
ITBA Next Generation Internship Scheme launches for 2024/25

ITBA’s Internship Scheme was established in 2011 with the main aim to develop skills and knowledge of young enthusiasts in the thoroughbred industry, and showed itself to be a proven platform to help individuals carve out a successful career in the Irish Bloodstock industry. The scheme consisted of one years’ fully paid work experience for two successful applications and allowed individuals to work in various placements throughout the year, as well as the option of an overseas placement in France, Japan, UK or USA.

Past interns have worked at sales companies, racecourses, leading stud farms and industry bodies, and have gone on to have very successful careers in the industry.

This year ITBA is delighted to relaunch the scheme and give individuals the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. There will be two levels of the scheme: one for individuals ages 18-30 who are looking to increase their skills and knowledge; and another for Transition Year students who are looking to gain experience in the industry and develop their interest.

ITBA Internship 2024

ITBA’s Internship will be a year long, fully paid internship offering two successful candidates invaluable experience working in three different industry areas for four months each. There will be two types of internship, one focusing on office placement and working with businesses within the industry. The second placement will be a practical placement with work on stud farms offering hands-on experience. The placements will begin in August ahead of the sales season and will be divided into three placements as follows:

Placement 1: August 2024 – December 2024

Placement 2: January 2025 – April 2025

Placement 3: May 2025 – August 2025

There is a degree of flexibility for the successful candidate and dates can be adjusted if needed. Each employer will be required to appraise their intern throughout the relevant semester and report back to ITBA at the end of the period in question. In addition the intern will be required to post a blog in industry publications and work on short video projects during each placement, designed to give exposure to both intern and employer.

ITBA Junior Internship 2024

ITBA’s Junior Internship will be targeted at secondary school students before they go into their Transition and Senior Year and is for ages over 16. The aim is to link students up with a stud farm in their locality where they can spend their work experience. A short Health & Safety and Basic Handling course will be offered to those to give them confidence going into a new environment, as well as continuous development of skills and knowledge from the stud farm team.

There will also be several opportunities to shadow ITBA’s Next Generation Committee during sales days, race meetings and other industry events.

ITBA Chairman, Cathy Grassick comments: “We are delighted to develop ITBA’s Internship for 2024 and think this a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has a passion for the thoroughbred industry. The scheme is a great way to help develop skills and network with industry leaders, as well as encouraging the next generation into the industry. The placements and people you meet offer an invaluable experience in the industry.

We are looking forward to introducing two different levels of the scheme, as well as developing the Una McElroy Business Internship. This was a project that was very close to Una’s heart and it is very fitting that this Internship will honour her memory.”

Applications for both the 2024 Internship and Junior Internship Schemes will open on Monday 15th April, with interviews being held in May/June. Application forms and full terms can be found below and must be submitted to Nextgen@itba.ie before close of business on Friday 10th May 2024. For further information or to request an application form please contact ITBA HQ on 045 877 543 or email Hannah on hmarks@itba.ie.

ITBA Internship Application Form (ages 18-30)

ITBA Junior Internship Application Form (Transition Year Students)


Terms & Conditions

Placement details are outlined below but are subject to change depending on the intern and placement

  • Placement 1: Tuesday 6th Aug 2024 – Friday 20th Dec 2024
  • Placement 2: Monday 6th Jan 2025 – Friday 25th Apr 2025
  • Placement 3: Tuesday 6th May 2025 – Friday 29th Aug 2025

ITBA Internship criteria:

  • ages 18-30, under the age of 30 as of Jan 1st 2025
  • The following should be included in your applications:
    • Completed Application form
    • CV with minimum of two references
    • Cover letter stating why you should be selected for the internship, Career ambitions, and area of interest

ITBA Junior Internship criteria:

  • ages over 16 for their placement dates
  • The following should be included in your applications:
    • Completed Application form
    • Cover letter stating why you should be selected for the internship, what type of work you would like to gain experience in
    • Parent/Guardian signature
May 27
2024
ITBA AGM
10-May-2024
ITBF’s biennial Conference, will soon be underway, hosted by Japan in 2024.
02-May-2024
The Annual General Meeting of ITBA takes place on Monday 27th May 2024, 4pm at ITBA HQ. This will be followed by an EGM.
29-Apr-2024
The ITBA are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter O’Reilly as the new Chief Executive of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
ITBA HQ, Greenhills, Kill, Kildare, Ireland. W91 FY62
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