Located just across the Irish Sea from Great Britain, Ireland is famous for its colorful culture, Gaelic roots, crumbling medieval castles, folklore, and lively pubs. Though slow to industrialize, Ireland experienced dramatic economic growth in the 1990's and is now home to countless international companies.
Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is a modern city, filled with cafes, markets, malls, reliable rapid transit, and of course pubs. The weather can make Dublin appear a bit gray, but this city is anything but dismal! Dublin’s bustling streets are filled with warm and personable people, and the city itself is home to a lively art and literary culture that can give NY City a run for its money. The city is vibrant, culturally rich and ethnically diverse with a youthful and optimistic outlook.
Ireland internships are one ELI's most popular programs. Understandable! Who wouldn't want to spend time in Dublin? Whether you want an internship in business, marketing, IT, museums and art galleries, photography, tourism, finance, accounting, law, graphic design, you name it - it can probably be arranged in this European capital. Here's your chance to get real-world experience in the European Union.
While specific projects vary with the institution's needs and priorities, interns have the opportunity to work in diverse settings, such as visitor experience, curatorial, education, conservation, administration, etc.. Interns participate in the ongoing work of a particular department, complete a project or a distinct portion of a larger project. Interns work alongside staff members in a tutorial arrangement and gain invaluable skills and training in museum and gallery practice. This internship is great for undergraduates, graduates and graduate students who have completed relevant coursework. Art galleries require a minimum time commitment of 4 weeks, museums usually require a minimum time commitment of 10 weeks. Questions? Click here
"I learned a lot about how archiving works, got great experience for my CV, an excellent cover letter, and made connections that will likely help me to find a career in that field when I move over there (I intend to upon graduation)...[On an average day] I would go in to work at about 10, tea break with everyone at about half 11, work more until about 1, lunch at the cafeteria next door or out by the pond if the weather was nice until half 2, and then work until 5 or half 5. I did things like scan slides, and old folklore notebooks from the 30s, put things into the database, sorted and archived old journals, and I also re-labeled some files in the last couple of days...Don’t pass up any opportunities. Best summer of my life." - Kaleigh, Museum Intern
HR and PR interns gain experience in either a private consultancy or in a department within a large company. HR interns are involved in a variety of tasks including interviews, issue letters of acceptance/rejection, and be a part of training and development. Interns are exposed to the employment procedures of a foreign country, and gain knowledge of Irish labor laws. Those focusing on PR work either on projects for a specific company, or assist a large team with long-term tasks. Interns must have an educational background in HR, PR, or related fields.
"I had an absolutely fantastic experience at my internship. The individuals I worked with recognized quickly that I was capable of more than basic administrative work, and had no problem giving me more responsibility and more “real” work to do. They were also really welcoming and treated me like a true member of their staff. I was working at a relatively large company (especially for Ireland) so being able to have exposure to a lot of different aspects of Human Resources (the area I interned in) was really interesting." -Lauren, HR Intern
"[On a typical day I would] get in at 10am, read the newspaper, have a meeting to define what is to be done that week, begin a task, take a 1 hour lunch, return and finish up my task or assist other co-workers with a task and then go home at 5 pm... Don’t be afraid to explore and take risks! As long as you are not alone, I recommend just seeing where the wind takes you. We ended up stumbling upon some beautiful places and meeting amazing people. Although we planned some great trips, it was fun to not have a plan and just get up and go." - Jacquelyn, PR Intern
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Interns in this program work under the direct supervision of veterinarians in their private offices, mainly with domesticated animals. This program is open to current veterinary students, vet tech students at least 21 years of age, and licensed veterinarians. These placements are competitive, so students will be asked to submit a copy of their transcripts for acceptance to the veterinary internship program. The minimum time requirement is 4 weeks and space is limited. Questions? Click here
Interns can work in either inbound or outbound tourism, and placements are available in a variety of settings including tourism marketing, tourist information centers, operational office assistance, etc. Interns have the opportunity to work behind the scenes, doing tasks such putting together travel itineraries and visa applications. Interns can also work in the tourist office of some of Dublin's most popular cultural attractions, and be in direct contact with tourists. Interns must have a demonstrated interest or educational background in tourism. Questions? Click here
There are a few exciting options for interns interested in photography:
Private Studio: We have a relationship with a private photography studio that is looking for interns to assist with photo finishing and editing. This is a great option for budding photographers to hone their skills and learn about the business. The studio focuses on in-house portraits and weddings.
Archival: The second option is a new opportunity to intern with an organization that has a comprehensive political and social photographic archive dating back to the early 50's, comprising in excess of 400,000 images, documenting all aspects of Irish contemporary life. Interns are needed who want to gain hands-on work experience in a photography archive. This internship would suit students or recent graduates (particularly in Irish studies / Museum, archive or Heritage studies / Curatorial or Visual Arts), who require archiving experience or practical experience in a photographic or arts organization. By the end of the internship you will have experience of cataloging and digitizing the collection and will have had an introduction to curtain processes and to working within a dynamic arts organization. Questions? Click here
Interns interested in media placements can choose to work in one of many different areas, such as Print Media, Radio, and Post-Production Film. Graphic Design is a possibility for interns who have demonstrated knowledge of the most popular software applications. Relevant completed coursework required. The minimum time commitment is 4 weeks, though most companies will only take on interns who have committed to at least 6 weeks.
IT internships are available in Software Product Development, IT Networking, Telecommunications, Web Development, E-Commerce/Marketing, and CRM Systems. Since IT internships are quite technical, companies require a minimum 8 week time commitment. Areas of work in these positions vary according to the needs of the organizations at the time. Questions? Click here
"I just want to thank you so much for everything. I had a great time there in Dublin. Every day was so special, my internship and my family was absolutely perfect...that was the time of my life." -Thomas, Design Intern
Interns entering an internship in Finance/Accounting/Economics will have the chance to experience the financial operations of a bank or of a busy company dealing in the products and/or services sectors. Typical intern’s tasks include processing of purchase orders for payment, payroll duties, income audit and analysis, issuing of payments and processing of invoices. Questions? Click here
Interns have the opportunity to work with marketing departments or firms in a wide range of areas. Interns can gain experience in a variety of aspects such as advertising, public relations, media planning, sales strategy and more. Interns will be able to work on specific projects, or be involved with long-term strategies. Questions? Click here
"Thank you for all your support and help during my great time in Ireland! It was a great experience and after my move to the student's accommodation it was the best time of my life! The internship was also fantastic and I will miss Dublin and the beautiful Irish countryside!" -Katharina, Marketing
Interns can work in a variety of legal areas such as business law, family law, probate & wills, and property law. This is a great experience to learn about Ireland's Common Law system, and to become familiar with Irish legal practices. Interns may also be invited to attend court hearings on current cases. Most of the firms ELI interns work with are small to medium size and Irish.
Different positions are available for law school students, recent graduates, and pre-law undergraduates. Minimum time commitment is 6 weeks. Note that the courts are closed for summer holiday the entire month of August, so interns will not be attending court hearings in August. Questions? Click here
"From day one they put me to work. It wasn’t just busy, useless work, but doing actual things pertaining to cases. For example, discovery for cases, sitting in and taking notes at trials, subpoenaing Garda officers, I also did filing and copying, as well as acting as a runner to different judicial buildings...I would start work at 9:30AM, write a memo or two for a case to stick in the file, then I would head down to Four Courts to get documents stamped and lodged, which could take up to a few hours depending if the lines are long. At 1:00 I would have an hour lunch break. After lunch, I would usually have to go around the corner to get affidavits notarized, or go somewhere else to get copies of certificates, or lodge documents up the street. During downtime I would read up on upcoming cases or be copying papers for evidence in trials. Once 5:00PM came around I’ll head to the post office to drop off the post and head to the registry. At 5:30PM the day was over and I would go back to my host house in Artane."-Grace, Legal
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Program Fee With Accommodation
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Application Fee: $200
The application fee is a separate administrative charge for all programs. It does not apply to the program fee. (Please see our application fee refund policy here)
Credit card payments: Payment by credit card will be assessed a 3.5% surcharge. This is the fee that we will be charged for the transaction. Contact us about alternative forms of payment.
*Roundtrip Airfare to Ireland
Participants may stay with a local host family, student residence (only available certain months), or participants may arrange their own housing.
-Host Families provide participants with their own room, two meals a day, and laundry. Some homestays are nuclear families with children, while others are couples without children, single adults, or sometimes university students with a room available in their flat. Be sure to note preferences in the questionnaire and we will try to meet requests when possible.
-Participants in the Student Residence will live with up to three other international interns or students, dorm style. Participants have a single room, shared bath, kitchen, and living room. The residences include internet access and furnished kitchens. Please note, no food is included. The Student Residence is available early June through mid September, and sporadic availability throughout the academic year. Take a walking tour of Dublin with Ryan and see one of the student residences here.
We ask that all participants arrive in Dublin on a Sunday. Orientation will take place Monday, and then the first day of the internship is typically Tuesday. Programs are available year-round.
The following days are public holidays in Ireland. Most companies are closed these days, so expect to have a day off. If you are arriving during the weekend, you will not begin your program until the day after the holiday.
- 1st January (if New Years Day is on the weekend then the 1st Monday in January)
- 17th March, St Patrick's Day/National Day (or the following Monday if 17th March is on a weekend)
- Easter Monday
- 1st Monday in May
- 1st Monday in June
- 1st Monday in August
- Final Monday in October
-We ask that interns do not arrive December 23 – January 2
Know that there is typically no work to be done between Christmas Eve and New Years Day, so we recommend that you make travel plans if you are in-country during this time. Further, it is typical for Europeans to take the entire month of August off of work.
Notes & Helpful Links: When a company requests a phone interview, they will schedule it according to Dublin time. Be sure to double check the time difference: Time Conversion Tool. Also be sure you can place an international phone call, here's a guide on how to call Ireland.
Internships require a minimum 4 week time commitment, but some placements may ask for a longer time commitment. Most nationalities are only able to stay in Ireland up to 90 days. More information on Irish visas: Embassy of Ireland (USA)
Interns commute to and from their internship each day independently and are responsible for costs associated with transportation. Public transport in Ireland is reliable and convenient, more information on getting around via the Dublin Bus.
Bring a jacket! Ireland is known for overcast days, check the Weather in Dublin.
Are you planning to travel in Europe after your stay in Ireland? Make sure that you have proof that you are leaving Ireland within 90 days (so you don't overstay your visa). Ryan Air is a popular low cost air carrier.