Irish Internship Programme

Irish Internship Program Option 2

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

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 organisation), 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, 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.

Internships last for eight weeks each summer. Successful candidates receive an award covering round-trip airfare from the United States to Ireland, accommodations, and living expenses for the duration of their stay.

Irish Internship Program Flyer

2018 DATES

8 week programme: Sunday 27 May – Saturday 21 July

Important Dates:
Friday 26 January: Closing date for receipt of application
Week of 12 Feb: Interviews (on campus and zoom)
Sunday 27 May: Arrive to Dublin 
Saturday 21 July: Return to the US

PLEASE NOTE: Naughton REU internships last for 10 weeks. For more information go to Naughton Fellowships.

Who should apply?

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

We will be add our summer 2018 offerings on GoIrish soon, in the meantime you may register your interest by following the instructions below. We will add you to our mailing list and update you as new positions become available. 

Register your interest

Email us at Tell us your name, your major, and your area of interest for summer internship opportunities 2018. 


The award covers:

  • airfare which must be booked through our recommended provider (up to a maximum of $1200)
  • accommodation for 8 weeks at UCD summer residences 
  • GeoBlue health insurance for the 8 weeks 
  • ground transport to and from work
  • airport pick-up on arrival
  • cultural enrichment programme 
  • living expenses (to cover food and other reasonable living expenses incurred during your time here)

Internship Coordinator

The Internship coordinator will be the key contact for all parties involved. S/he will liaise with placement supervisors throughout the process as well as establish start dates, hours of work, and position descriptions for the interns.

Other coordinator responsibilities include:

  • prepare all documentation for the site in advance of student arrival to Dublin – this includes police background checks, visa requirements – where applicable etc.
  • visit the site during the programme to ensure that intern is thriving
  • follow up with the sponsors, supervisors and mentors post-placement to maintain and develop the relationship for future interns
  • design survey and collate feedback from interns, supervisors and mentors
  • run orientation session on ND campus for all interns pre-departure
  • prepare information pack for interns - what to pack, information on travel, where to eat, how to use public transport, how to contact home when abroad, etc.
  • meet all interns at Dublin airport on Sunday 27 May
  • introduce the interns to the city - walking tour, visit to supermarket, cell phones, ATM machines
  • 24-hour point of contact for interns while in Dublin
  • run ‘catch-up’ sessions with the interns over the 8-week programme

More information

Go to GoIrish or email us at