Irish Internship Page

Irish Internship Program

The Irish Internship Program attracts highly qualified students to live and work in Ireland 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, 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
  • Cultural enrichment program
  • Living allowance ($2000)

Program Dates

Program runs from May 23 - July 17, 2021 (July 31, 2021 for Naughton Fellowship REUs).

Application Information

  • Applications for most positions are due by the end of day Monday, September 28, 2020 (closing dates for applications vary by position), but new internship placements can be posted throughout the fall semester and even into the spring semester.
  • Interviews for most positions will take place on campus the week of October 26, 2020. Interviews for any placements established after that week will take place over Zoom.

Register your interest in the program by emailing program manager Maggie Arriola. 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.

Internship Opportunities

Available internship opportunities (including an option to Design Your Own Internship) can now be seen on Handshake, the University's new recruiting platform. Please favorite the Notre Dame Dublin Global Gateway page on Handshake to be notified as new positions are posted throughout the fall and even into the spring semester.

Current and past internship placements include:

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.


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


  • Abbey Theatre
  • Archaeological excavations in the Boyne Valley
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Comhaltas Ceoiltéoiri Éireann (promoting Irish traditional music)
  • Dublin Port Archive
  • Foras na Gaeilge (promoting the Irish language)
  • Gaelic Athletic Association (Ireland’s largest sporting organization)
  • Irish Film Archive
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • 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
  • Pavilion Theatre
  • Poetry Ireland (dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry throughout 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)


  • IBM
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • Solas OLED
  • Telnyx
  • REUs at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, and University College Cork


  • 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) for Refugees and Migrants


  • A&L Goodbody
  • ByrneWallace
  • Mason Hayes and Curran