The Irish Rugby Union has removed a job advertisement posted last week for an unpaid internship which required applicants to have a Masters degree or a PhD.
The application, which was for a National Sports Science Intern, was widely condemned online and the IRFU have since removed the ad and stated it was posted "in error." As reported by RTE, the IRFU claimed they do not have unpaid intern positions within the organisation.
Very disappointing that IRFU are looking for *unpaid* 40-hours-per-week, 6-month intern for a job that requires college qualification.
I note recent Examiner piece showing IRFU will receive two cheques worth €300,000 from organisers EPCR for Munster and Leinster winning ECC qfs pic.twitter.com/8EEEBk0shy
— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) April 20, 2018
Sorry Shane busy weekend. Completely disagree with this. It’s totally wrong. Gov Dept’s should monitor this activity when looking at funding allocations etc. Will write to TTAS Oireachtas Committee and ask them to look at it. Alan
— Alan Kelly TD (@alankellylabour) April 22, 2018
The full-time role was for a candidate capable of working with databases and large data sets and required the successful candidate to have a known record of published research and a recognised CPR and First Aid cert.
The IRFU said the ad has not been approved yet and that details will be forthcoming.