Irish Internship Page

Irish Internship Program

Register your interest in the Irish Internship Programme here

The Irish Internship Program attracts highly qualified students to live and work or research in Ireland during summertime. These fully-funded internships and research positions 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, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Gaelic Athletics Association, National Gallery of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre, IBM, and many others (see the full list at the bottom of this page).

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.

Internship Award Includes 

  • Roundtrip airfare (up to a maximum of $1200, booked through Anthony Travel)
  • Accommodation at:
    • UCD student residences (8 week program),
    • TCD student residences (10 week REU program)
  • GeoBlue health insurance
  • Ground transport to and from work placement (Leap card allowance)
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Professional development programming
  • Cultural enrichment program
  • Living allowance ($2000)

Program Dates

Program runs from May 28 - July 22, 2023 (August 5, 2023 for 10-week Naughton Fellowship REUs).

Application Information

  • Open internship positions are posted through the University of Notre Dame Dublin Global Gateway Handshake page.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Students apply for individual internship positions (up to three), not to the programme as a whole. Please submit a resume and cover letter that is relevant to the specific internship placement.
    • Detail why you would be a good fit for the internship placement and organization, what you hope to learn in the role, and why you are interested in an international professional / research experience in Dublin.
  • Applications for most positions open in late July / early August and close Sunday, September 25, 2022.
  • A short first round interview for most positions will take place on campus with the Internship Programme Manager Maggie Arriola during the week of October 10th. All subsequent interviews will be arranged and conducted by the host organizations virtually.
    • PLEASE NOTE: New internship positions can be posted later in the fall semester and even into the spring semester. Favorite the Dublin Global Gateway page on Handshake to receive notifications as new positions are posted. Interviews for these positions will be conducted exclusively via Zoom.
  • Applications for independent research proposals open in the fall and are assessed on a rolling basis through the spring semester.
  • The application process for the Naughton Fellowship REU Programme is distinct. Applications are collected via the Notre Dame Graduate School portal and assessed by the Naughton Fellowships Committee. REU applications open on October 3, 2022, and close on January 31, 2023. You can find out more about the REU application process here.

Register your interest in the Irish Internship Programme by filling out this form with your name, your major, and your area of interest for summer internship or research opportunities.

Summer Internship and Research Opportunities

Available internship and research opportunities can now be seen on Handshake. Please favorite the Notre Dame Dublin Global Gateway page on Handshake to receive notifications and updates.


PLEASE NOTE: Not all internship placements are on offer every year. Please check the Dublin Global Gateway page on Handshake for this year’s placements.


  • AIG
  • Allied Irish Banks (AIB)
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Bank of America
  • Equilend
  • Exeter Real Estate
  • Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Ireland
  • Linesight (Construction Consultancy)
  • Ornua (a global Irish food company)
  • Prescient
  • Reputations Agency (public relations)
  • Snapfix
  • The HR Company


  • Abbey Theatre
  • Archaeological excavations in the Boyne Valley
  • Arts Council of Ireland
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Comhaltas Ceoiltéoiri Éireann (promoting Irish traditional music)
  • Dublin Port Archive
  • Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (Dublin City University interdisciplinary Irish language programming)
  • Foras na Gaeilge (promoting the Irish language)
  • Gaelic Athletic Association (Ireland’s largest sporting organization)
  • Irish Film Archive
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Irish Traditional Music Archive
  • Museum of Literature Ireland
  • National Folklore Collection (home to one of the largest collections of oral and ethnological material in the world)
  • National Gallery of Ireland
  • National Library of Ireland
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Pavilion Theatre
  • Poetry Ireland
  • Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster)
  • Science Gallery


  • Bord Bía, the Irish Food Board
  • Departments of Foreign Affairs and Justice
  • European Movement Ireland
  • European Union Commission
  • Fianna Fáil (political party)


  • Centre for Talented Youth Ireland
  • Don Bosco Care
  • Irish Cancer Society
  • Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre
  • Rediscovery Centre (environment and sustainability education)
  • Youth Education Services (YES) Migrant and Refugee Access Programme (MAP)


  • Analyzing and Researching Ireland North and South (ARINS) Project
  • Dublin Global Gateway Research Grants, Support, and Supervision
  • Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Research Grants
  • UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrimes Investigation
  • DCU x Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative Ireland
  • REUs at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, and University College Cork


  • Acadia Risk Management
  • Access Earth
  • Atlantic IP Services
  • IBM
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Telnyx


  • A&L Goodbody
  • Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Philip Lee
  • Wiliam Fry
  • Whitney Moore