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.

The Program

Students can apply to up to three Dublin-based internships on the Irish Internship Program. Irish interns have served in prominent institutions including AIG, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Gaelic Athletic Association, National Gallery of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre, IBM, and many more (see the full list at the bottom of this page).

In addition to full-time work or research experience and Cultural Enrichment programming, interns undertake an innovative weekly Professional Development Seminar, in which distinguished figures from Irish public life engage with our interns on how best to incorporate their work and living experience in Dublin into their career trajectory. Each week a panel of professionals join us at Notre Dame Dublin 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 offer timely advice as our students contemplate life after college,  encourage them to connect with mentors who can help them to achieve their goals, and help our interns to become career-ready.

We welcome applications from Notre Dame undergraduate students of any 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 first and foremost to their work placement and host organization and to the cultural enrichment and professional development of the Irish Internship 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 $1400, 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 (TFI [Transport for Ireland] Leap Card allowance)
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Professional development programming
  • Cultural enrichment program
  • Living allowance ($2000)

Program Dates

Program runs from Sunday 26 May - Saturday 20 July 2024 for the 8-week program (Saturday 03 August 2024 departure for 10-week Naughton Fellowship REUs).

Application Information

  • Open internship positions are posted through Notre Dame Dublin's Handshake page.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Students apply for individual internship positions (up to three), not to the program 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 late August / early September and close Sunday 15 October 2023.
  • A short first round interview for most positions will take place on campus with Maggie Arriola, assistant director for internships and research at Notre Dame Dublin, during the week of 30 October 2023. All second and third round 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 Notre Dame Dublin page on Handshake to receive notifications as new positions are posted. Interviews for these positions will be conducted virtually.
  • Applications for independent research projects and proposals (funded by Notre Dame Dublin, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, or scholarship summer enrichment funding) 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 in August, and close on 15 December 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

Internship and research opportunities available this coming summer can now be seen on Handshake. Please favorite the Notre Dame Dublin page on Handshake to receive notifications and updates.


PLEASE NOTE: Not all internship placements are on offer every year. Please check the Notre Dame Dublin 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
  • Ornua
  • Prescient
  • Reputations Agency
  • Snapfix
  • The HR Company


  • Abbey Theatre
  • Archaeological excavation sites in the Boyne Valley
  • Arts Council of Ireland
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Comhaltas Ceoiltéoiri Éireann
  • Corrymeela Community
  • Dublin Port Archive
  • Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (Irish Language)
  • Foras na Gaeilge (Irish Language)
  • Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
  • Irish Film Archive
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Irish Traditional Music Archive
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Leinster Rugby
  • Museum of Literature Ireland
  • National Folklore Collection
  • National Gallery of Ireland
  • National Library of Ireland
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Pavilion Theatre
  • Poetry Ireland
  • Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
  • Science Gallery


  • Bord Bía, the Irish Food Board
  • Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Department of 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
  • Youth Education Services (YES) Migrant and Refugee Access Programme (MAP)


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


  • Acadia, An LSEG Business
  • Access Earth
  • Atlantic IP Services
  • IBM
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Medtronics
  • Telnyx


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