Thursday, 7 May 2015

Specialised graduate hiring platform Shake announces high-end Summer Internship programme has today announced the first participant companies in its newly launched Shake Summer Internship programme.

These include fintech start-up CurrencyFair in Dublin, project management platform Teamwork and cybersecurity firm Barricade in Cork, all of whom will take interns placed through Shake’s algorithmic platform that connects employers and graduates.

Shake was founded to help Irish companies hire the best student and graduate talent with an initial focus will be on high-tech positions such as software developers, web developers and designers.

On the announcement CEO and founder Kevin Holler said, “We firmly believe through our own experiences, and our initial data backs it up, that your first job or internship is more important and valuable to your career development than your college course and therefore it is important to get the right one. We’re delighted to partner with some of Ireland’s most dynamic tech companies to provide a rich summer internship experience to some of Ireland’s top graduates through our platform.”

Holler continued, “According to research 95 percent of employers say candidate experience is the main factor in hiring decisions. If you have completed internships, you will clearly have an edge over your classmates who haven't, it’s becoming one of those things that you need to have before employers will even consider you. In fact 50 percent of new grad employees will have had a work related-internship.”

Shake was founded in 2014 by Kevin Holler and Thomas Cullen, who both have worked for some of Ireland’s top tech firms and have seen the need for a tool that disrupts the traditional resource-consuming, multi-funnel hiring processes engaged by firms, particularly in light of the recent upswing in the economy. In recent weeks e-commerce site Zalando announced 200 data science and engineering jobs in its Dublin office, while Dell announced openings for 100 highly-skilled engineering roles in its Limerick campus.

Teamwork, one of Ireland’s hottest startups with 2million users worldwide, were the first company to sign up to the programme. Their CMO Donal Cahalane said, “Teamwork constantly works to find the best talent and Shake is a great way to discover the totality of a person's potential, which is always so much more than just the rote CV."

Fintech is a growing sector in Ireland, with the government announcing that as many as 10,000 jobs could be created in the next 5 years in the area. Leading Irish fintech company CurrencyFair, who this month announced a €10million funding round, will also participate in the programme, with CEO and founder Brett Meyers saying, “We are delighted to be part of the Summer Internship programme. As we have seen fintech is an expanding growth area for jobs. As the world’s leading peer-to-peer marketplace we need the best developers and graduates possible to help build, grow and innovate.”

David Coallier, founder of Barricade said, “Shake has already connected us with great interns for this summer and its intuitive interface really streamlines the discovery and connection process.”

Claire McHugh, CEO of existing customers Axonista said, “We are always on the lookout for smart, talented people who share our values and vision and are interested in working with other smart, talented people. Shake is a very interesting new way for us to connect with these people.

Additional Information:

Students: To be in with a chance to get a paid internship this summer all students need to do is sign up to, create your profile and apply if you're matched with a position.
Companies: Companies can promote their first position for free! To get exclusive access, register your interest