06c Irish Internship Program

Irish Internship Program

The Irish Internship Program attracts highly qualified students to live and work in Dublin during summertime. These fully-funded internships place students in prestigious organizations across the full spectrum of Irish life, embracing the community sector, entrepreneurship, research laboratories, engineering, politics, business, education, social justice, STEM, sport, poetry, architecture, theater and Irish culture. For two months, students are immersed in their host organizations, working alongside Irish employees and gaining valuable pragmatic experience.

Our internship program offers an innovative weekly Professional Development Seminar, in which distinguished figures from Irish public life engage with our interns on how best to incorporate their Irish work and living experience into their career trajectory. Each week a panel of professionals join us at the Dublin Global Gateway for a conversation about their careers; the paths they chose, the life lessons they learned, how to find careers that match values, and how they became leaders making a difference in the world. We help our interns to become career-ready. We encourage them to connect with others who can help them to achieve their goals. As these internships are all work placements, the Professional Development sessions offer timely advice as our students contemplate life after college.

Irish interns have served in prominent Irish institutions including Bank of Ireland, Chester Beatty Library, Comhaltas Ceoiltéoiri Éireann (promoting Irish traditional music), Departments of Foreign Affairs and Justice, European Union Commission, Fianna Fáil, Foras na Gaeilge (promoting the Irish language), Gaelic Athletic Association (Ireland’s largest sporting organization), IBM, Industrial Development Authority, Irish Cancer Society, Irish Film Archive, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Pavilion Theatre, National Folklore Collection (home to one of the largest collections of oral and ethnological material in the world), National Gallery of Ireland, Ornua (a global Irish food company), Pavee Point, Poetry Ireland (dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry throughout Ireland), Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland’s national broadcaster), Science Gallery, and archaeological excavations in the Boyne Valley, among many more placements. 

We welcome applications from Notre Dame undergraduate students in every major, who have a genuine interest in learning from an Irish internship. The program seeks independent, smart, flexible, capable candidates who wish to really engage with Ireland and embrace the opportunity of living and working abroad. They should demonstrate a willingness to commit to their work placement, to the cultural enrichment and professional development program. They should bring with them an open, curious mind, be personally flexible in dealing with new situations, and have a genuine desire to engage with the wider world.

Our internship award includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare (up to a maximum of $1200, booked through our recommended provider)
  • Accommodation at UCD student residences (8 weeks)
  • GeoBlue health insurance (8 weeks)
  • Ground transport to and from work placement (Leap card allowance)
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Cultural enrichment program
  • Living allowance ($2000)

Program Details:

  • Program runs from May 26 - July 20, 2019.
  • Closing date for applications is end of day Sunday, September 30, 2018.
  • Rolling interviews will take place starting mid-October 2018.
  • See available internship opportunities (including an option to Design Your Own Internship) on Go IRISH now!

Register your interest in the program by emailing program manager Ciarán Pollard. Tell us your name, your major, and your area of interest for summer internship opportunities. We will add you to our mailing list and update you as positions become available.