Learn About Our mission

About Us

Helping businesses And Young People Help One Another

Albeit in different ways, Covid-19 has negatively impacted both businesses and young people alike.

Businesses are facing a redefined commercial landscape due to social distancing regulation and an economy suffering from bruised consumer sentiment.

Young people have seen their travel plans foiled, internships pulled, and graduate jobs market shrink considerably. 

Covid Interns connects these two otherwise very separate groups for volunteer placements to mutual benefit – young people receive currently rare professional opportunities while businesses avail of skilled volunteer assistance in a tough period.

01

Voluntary Placements

Students and graduates volunteer to help businesses cope with the commercial challenges of the pandemic, getting pro bono professional experience along the way.

02

Skilled Assistance

Our volunteers have sought-after specialised skills, developed through coursework and/or internship experience, that result in a value-add to partnered businesses.

03

Growth and Enjoyment

Covid Interns allows volunteers to develop in an area of interest while businesses benefit and grow from their services, resulting in a win-win for both parties.

Helping SMEs Navigate Covid-19

The Team

Paddy Ryder

Co-Founder

Paddy has recently graduated from the Global Business Studies at Trinity College Dublin. He has an avid interest in business strategy, entrepreneurship and finance. He is currently pursuing an MSc Finance and Accounting at Imperial College London. He is a former ambassador for Movember, and is a keen golfer playing off a handicap of 9.

Connect with Paddy on LinkedIn.

Rob Muldowney

Co-Founder

Rob graduated with a degree in Global Business Studies at Trinity College Dublin. He has recently started a role with “Let’s Get Checked” on their graduate programme. He has a passion for start ups and is a dual citizen of Ireland and USA.

Connect with Rob on LinkedIn.

Andrew Kilgallen

Head of Operations

Andrew is a recent graduate of Economics and Finance at University College Dublin and is due to join Davy Group in the coming months as part of their graduate programme. When he’s not busy working to connect businesses and students, you’ll likely find him on a GAA pitch.

Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn.

Joshua Mckee

Chief Technical Officer

Joshua is in his final year of studying Physics at Trinity College Dublin. He loves working with emerging technology and has previous start-up experience. Outside of work he enjoys mountaineering, running and baking.

Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

Emily O'Sullivan

Head of Content & Marketing

Emily is in her final year of Business Studies & Spanish in Trinity College Dublin. Having started her journey with Covid Interns as an intern with a sustainable fashion brand, she recently joined the team with the hope of working in a social impact setting.

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn.

Want to get involved?

communication is King

personal service

making a Difference

  • At Covid Interns, we are a small team of recent graduates looking to help our community in a tough time.
  • We are invested in the placements both from the perspective of the volunteer and the business.
  • As a pro-bono platform, we do not profit from any placement we make – we want to see placements that add value to both parties.

Human Touch

We are humans on the other side of the screen who know our sign-ups by name and make hand-picked placements for sign-ups based on their stated needs

Socially-geared

We are concentrated on placements that add value to both parties as both young people and businesses need a lift at present

here to help

We work throughout the day each week to respond to queries and requests from sign-ups both new and old - we are committed to supporting your placement throughout the process and remain available to respond to any emergent need even after the placement is made

Socially Responsible Recruitment

Get in touch if you’re interested in applying for an internship or actively seeking intern support for your business.

A quick breakdown of some common queries

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteers sign up by filling out the inquiry sheet on the students tab on our website. Businesses sign up through the business tab’s inquiry portal. Once these inquiries are submitted, we will be in touch regarding next steps and placement news.

Most are unpaid voluntary placements, however, some businesses will offer (market rate) payment to their Covid Intern, especially if the desired work hours are significant. At Covid Interns, we make connections between students and businesses. We leave the finalising of the terms of the role (such as payment and workload) up to the business and student themselves. 

No, at the moment we are making placements absolutely free of charge. We are a not for profit initiative with a social goal of helping businesses and students during the pandemic.

The Covid Interns will search for a suitable counterpart in our database of signups and facilitate the connection between you and the counterparty. Once we have identified a suitable opportunity, we will first contact the students and confirm their interest in the identified role. Once interest is confirmed, we contact the business with the volunteer details so that the business can screen the candidate to ensure he/she is appropriate. Once both sides have agreed, we then introduce the two parties via email. The two parties then finalise the placement by discussing the elements of the role.

It depends. If you are in search of a very specific intern/placement, the wait time can be slightly longer to those seeking more general opportunities. The feedback on wait times so far has been overwhelmingly positive – most businesses and students are getting connections within one week of signing up. This is not a guarantee as each case is different, but the team works very hard to make timely placements! 

Again, it is entirely up to the business and student. The duration of the internship can be discussed when the connection is made such that both parties enjoy a suitable arrangement. Many of our placements are Summer-long roles, however, others have developed into full time jobs! The parties decide what the role develops into. 

Covid Interns administration remains available for all queries, comments, and requests before, during, and after the placement has been made. If you have feedback, either positive or negative, we will be on hand to adapt the placement and/or organise a new placement if needed; Covid Interns is intent on making placements that add mutual value.

By all means – word of mouth, LinkedIn, and website sharing are all very welcome as we scale the initiative further. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like to promote the platform in any way!