Social Impact Intern

Contract: 3 months, starting as soon as possible
Based: Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Salary: €270 per week (4 days per week)


Reporting to the Associate Fund Manager, the purpose of this role is to support the Social Innovation Fund Ireland’ (SIFI’s) Impact Team in its objectives to maximize the social impact of SIFI awardees through supporting the selection, capacity building, and impact tracking elements of SIFI’s work. This role will focus primarily on analysing Awardee data, contracting new Awardees and the management of monthly payments.  

The SIFI Internship programme is a short-term supervised practical workplace training aimed to attract and develop a future talent pool. It provides students, undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience and upskill in an environment that complements and develops their formal learning. 

SIFI’s internship programme is not Volunteering, Student Placement, Apprenticeship or Work Experience.


  • Support the delivery of capacity building processes, in particular, the organisation of logistics and hospitality 
  • Support the Impact Team collecting, analysing and verifying SIFI impact data, identifying trends and producing reports, both statistical and visual
  • Track and prepare vendor and grant payments 
  • Support the scoping, launch and marketing of future Funds
  • Attend SIFI events and other related events that arise
  • Support the work of Fund Managers 
  • Contribute your ideas on the future development of SIFI to the team
  • Be an excellent Ambassador for SIFI. Actively network in the social innovation / social enterprise space 
  • Support the logistics of the selection process
  •  Preparing documents/presentations to be reviewed by an Analyst/Fund Manager
  • Support the impact team in contracting new Awardees 

Other Duties

  • Attend meetings, events etc as requested
  • Office administration
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • SIFI Internship programme provides a defined framework for participation and learning aimed at creating opportunities for professional development, it empowers people to gain experience and prepare for the labour market. 
  • A work plan will be created with you to optimise your exposure to our different departments and to give you an opportunity to support a SIFI fund


  • Primary degree – either completed or currently a student 
  • The ability to be persuasive through your excellent written English as well as your ability to influence others in person
  • Experience of report writing and good  verbal & written communications in English
  • Strong analytical and numeracy skills
  • Computer literate, ideally in Google Suite
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work in a team setting


  • Flexible, warm & friendly personality who can work well in a team environment
  • A commitment to excellence
  • A commitment to Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s vision and values
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity and ethical fibre
  • Be an Ambassador for Social Innovation Fund Ireland at all times.


  • We work with our hearts and our heads – we value compassion, passion and fun.
  • We take smart risks and we allow permission to fail because we know that innovation and risk are two sides of the same coin.
  • We believe that social change is a team sport – we use influence and engagement to build trusted relationships, and we choose to collaborate to achieve our goals.
  • We demonstrate curiosity and a hunger to learn.
  • We value bold ideas and bold leadership, and we develop remarkable people.


Please submit an online application with your CV and cover letter to   by 5pm  on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019. 


Our mission is to find and back the best social innovations in Ireland, and to enable them to scale and maximise their impact. Our vision is the world’s best ecosystem for supporting social innovations – right here in Ireland. SIFI was catalysed by the Irish Government to stimulate philanthropy and support the growth of Ireland’s best social innovations. To do this, the Government has set up a challenge fund – for every Euro, we raise in philanthropy it is matched by a Euro from Department of Rural and Community Development, through the Dormant Accounts Funds. Social Innovation Fund Ireland practices active philanthropy through providing growth capital in the form of grants, as well as Accelerator programmes targeting growth. These can include growth planning, mentoring & other inputs tailored to the organisation’s needs.


There are four phases to the typical social impact work involved in our programmes:

  1. Finding the best social innovations – Prepare and run the call for applications, run the selection process, prepare recommendations on who should be selected for the awards.
  2. Investing in their social impact – A small number of awardees will receive a cash award plus a programme of non-financial supports that target growth. This role will manage the timing and targeting of the capacity building non-financial supports, to maximise the social impact by the Awardees, and will administer the financial supports.
  3. Communicating the power of the programme – There are several opportunities during the programme to communicate externally about this awards programme.
  4. Concluding the programme well – this requires capturing and communicating the social impact achieved by awardees during the programme, capturing lessons learned that can inform future programmes, and closing out relationships in a positive way.