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Internship Program, Spring ’23

Dates Feb 22nd to May 3rd, 2023
Arrive/Depart Dublin
Cohort Size  15 Interns 
Length 10 Weeks
Location Dublin City
Fees €10,500

Internship Program

What’s it all About?

Cultivating Indepedence




Our Internship Program gives a small cohort of students an opportunity to live and work in Ireland in a highly immersive and supportive environment, while building their independence and gaining valuable, real-world, work experience.

You’ll stay with one of our warm and welcoming host families in Dublin City while working roughly 40 hours a week at a small to medium-sized Irish business in your choice of industry.

Expect to get a real feel for Irish culture and to meet other interns from all over the world. Being part of a cohort provides a structure for socializing, while staying with host families allows interns to continue building out their independence.   

With over 100 host-companies and host-families, we will match your work-placement and host-family placements based on your interests. Popular placements include creative writing, medical, baking and education.  

Our interns also get to explore some Ireland’s hotspots with your cohort and Irish Gap Year Program Leaders on our weekend expeditions around Ireland. We’ll take overnight trips to Galway, Belfast and Donegal as well as day trips to the hill of Tara and Howth. 

Our Internship Program is suitable for students aged 18-25 who are looking for a culturally immersive, professional work experience that balances independence with structure and travel with community immersion.

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Host Companies

Regardless of your level of experience, we can guarantee 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 longstanding relationships.

Prior to your work-placement, you’ll interview with your host company and have the opportunity to ask questions and get to know the management team. 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.  

Upon completion of your placement you will receive a certificate of completion and letter of reference from your company. 

Click for the List of Internship Areas Available
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Agriculture
  • Animal/Equine
  • Management
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Baking
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Equestrian
  • Outdoor Education
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Food & Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Import/Export
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism Marketing
  • Media
  • NGOs
  • Outdoor
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Recreation
  • Retail Sales
  • Social Studies
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

Host Family Accommodation

Our interns live with host families in the greater Dublin area. Many host families have children, but some are older couples whose children had left the nest.

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.

You will have the opportunity to get to know your host family prior to arrival to Ireland. While with your host family, you will have your own bedroom and be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

One of the best parts of living with a host family is the high degree of immersion in Irish culture, you’ll really get to know your hosts and become close with them during your time in Dublin.

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. Your host family provides a great degree of support as well. 

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 and Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.

What’s Included

  • 24/7 Support from Irish Gap Year
  • Thorough orientation to your workplace and new environment with Irish Gap Year leaders
  • Overnight cohort expeditions to Galway, Belfast and Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way
  • Friendly airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Host family placement
  • Work placement and Certificate of Completion 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week
  • Dublin City Bus Pass
  • Wi-fi at your host family

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 music journalism placement:

7.30am: Wake up and have breakfast with your host family
8:15am: Take the Dublin City Bus or walk to work in the city centre
9am – 1pm: Working to write an album review with your peers
1 – 2pm: Lunch Break
2 – 5pm: Help design the layout of next months e-magazine
5pm: Walk or take the Dublin City Bus bac to your host family
6.30 – 7.30pm: Dinner with your host family
9pm: Head out to meet other interns for a pint at your favourite pub and talk about the days work

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