Government to unveil National Internship Scheme

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will announce five thousand internships today as part of the Government's new National Internship Scheme.

Under the scheme - which was announced as a key element of the Government's Jobs Initiative - companies will be encouraged to take on an intern for a period of up to nine months.

The job seeker - who must have been on the live register for three months or more - will receive an additional 50 euro a week on top of their job seeker benefits.