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Internship Programs – 2022

Dates Spring — February to May
Summer — June to August
Fall — September to December
Arrive Dublin
Depart Dublin
Length 4, 8 or 12 weeks
Location Dublin City or the north-west of Ireland
(Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal)
Accommodation The option of staying with a host family or in IGY student housing
with other young interns from around the world

Internship Programs

What’s it all About?

Our Internship programs are suitable for students aged 18-25 with a high level of independence, looking for a culturally immersive and professional work experience.
Our flexible start dates, strong student support, wide variety of host companies and housing options make an Internship Program with Irish Gap Year a unique experience that you can tailor to suite your gap year timeline.

We work with over 100 host companies both in Dublin and on the west coast and offer work placements across a wide-variety of sectors. Your placement and position will be based on your level of experience and will offer invaluable, real-world work experience in your industry of choice.

Interns will have the choice of living with a host family or with other young interns from all over the world. Whichever you choose, your internship program will be as much a social experience as a professional one.

Interns will go on several weekend expeditions around Ireland with Irish Gap Year program leader, ensuring that you have the opportunity to get out and explore the Emerald Isle.
If you are looking for professional work experience in a friendly, English speaking European country look no further, this is the program for you.

Host Companies

Regardless of your level of experience, we can arrange an internship placement in most areas of interest. Our host companies are all small to medium sized (5 – 50 employees) businesses with whom we have long standing relationships.

Interns will work roughly 40 hours a week alongside employees at each host company, sharing responsibility and tasks as a valued member of the team.
We place interns in the following areas:


  • Accounting
  • Healthcare
  • Advertising
  • Hostpitality
  • Agriculture
  • Human Resources
  • Animal/Equine
  • Import/Export
  • Management
  • Information Technology
  • Architecture
  • Journalism
  • Arts
  • Marketing
  • Business
  • Media
  • Baking
  • NGO’s
  • Communications
  • Outdoor Education
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Equestrian
  • Recreation
  • Environmental
  • Retail Sales
  • Finance
  • Social Studies
  • Food &Beverage
  • Telecommunications


Host Family or Student Accommodation

Our interns have the option of living with a host family or in our student accommodation.
For Dublin-based internship most students opt for a host family. In Dublin, the student accommodation typically fills 6 months prior to the start of the program. Irish Gap Year host families have vast experience hosting interns from all over the world. They are carefully vetted by our team and we have every confidence that you will have a comfortable, personal and culturally immersive stay during your time in Ireland. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to get to know your host family prior to accepting your placement, ensuring that you have a great fit. Students interning on the west coast almost always opt to stay at our student accommodation (link to), living alongside our gap year students.

Student Support

We know that living and working abroad requires a real leap of faith and therefore offer interns the full support of the Irish Gap Year team throughout their internship program.

Interns avail of their own internship coordinator, available 24/7, as well as social outings with other interns from all over the world. The Irish Gap Year team will be there to support you from your first point of contact all the way through your internship program.

You will receive a thorough orientation to your new workplace, the area where you are living and your host family (or shared housing) upon arrival as well as regular check ins from our team.

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Trips Around Ireland

We’re passionate about Ireland and want our interns to experience the beauty of our country for themselves.

There are several overnight internship trips to some of our favourite places in Ireland such as Galway City, Belfast City, Connemara National Park and county Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way. We aim to get interns away every third weekend of their program on a group expedition.

What’s Included

  • Dedicated program advisor for individual consultation
  • 24/7 Local emergency contact
  • Daily check-in’s from Irish Gap Year placement advisors
  • Thorough Orientation to your workplace and new environment with Irish Gap Year leaders
  • Overnight cohort expeditions around Ireland
  • Visa processing support
  • Friendly airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Host family or student accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week (except in student accommodation in Dublin)

A Day In the Life of our Internship Program

A day in the life of an Irish Gap Year Intern involves being a good self-starter. Like college, there is no one to wake you up and move you along in the morning.

Here is what typical day looks like at our equestrian placement:

9.30am: Irish Gap Year Program Leaders arrive to the student housing and bring you to the riding stables
10am – 1pm: You are guiding a beach trek for a small group on horseback
1 – 2pm: Lunch with the team of instructors at the riding school.
2 – 5pm: Cleaning up the yard, feeding the horses, mucking out, packing away saddles and general upkeep of the stables and grounds.
5pm: Irish Gap Year Program Leaders pick you up from work and you return to the student housing to meet up with the gap year students.
6.30 – 7.30pm: Group dinner
7.30pm on: Free time

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