Irish Internship Program

Register your interest in the program

The Irish Internship Program attracts highly qualified students to live and work or research in Ireland during summertime.

These fully-funded internships and research positions 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.


Students can apply to up to three Galway-based internships on the Irish Internship Program.

In addition to full-time work or research experience and Cultural Enrichment programming, interns undertake an innovative weekly Professional Development Seminar (online), in which distinguished figures from Irish public life engage with our interns on how best to incorporate their work and living experience in Ireland into their career trajectory.

We welcome applications from Notre Dame undergraduate students of any 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 first and foremost to their work placement and host organization and to the cultural enrichment and professional development of the Irish Internship 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.

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Internship Award Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare (up to a maximum of $1400, booked through Anthony Travel)
  • Accommodation at Goldcrest student residences (University of Galway)
  • GeoBlue health insurance
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Professional development programming
  • Cultural enrichment program
  • Living allowance ($2000)

Program Dates

  • Sunday 26 May - Saturday 20 July 2024 for the 8-week program (Saturday 03 August 2024 departure for 10-week Naughton Fellowship REUs).

Application Information

  • Open internship positions are posted through Handshake
    • PLEASE NOTE: Students apply for individual internship positions (up to three), not to the program as a whole. Please submit a resume and cover letter that is relevant to the specific internship placement.
    • Detail why you would be a good fit for the internship placement and organization, what you hope to learn in the role, and why you are interested in an international professional / research experience in Dublin.
  • Applications for most positions open in late late August / early September and close 15 October 2024
    • PLEASE NOTE: New internship positions can be posted later in the fall semester and even into the spring semester. Favorite the page on Handshake to receive notifications as new positions are posted. Interviews for these positions will be conducted virtually.
  • Applications for independent research projects and proposals (funded by Notre Dame Dublin, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, or scholarship summer enrichment funding) open in the fall and are assessed on a rolling basis through the spring semester.
  • The application process for the Naughton Fellowship REU Programme is distinct. Applications are collected via the Notre Dame Graduate School portal and assessed by the Naughton Fellowships Committee. REU applications open in August, and close on 15 December. You can find out more about the REU application process here.

Register your interest in the Irish Internship Programme by filling out this form with your name, your major, and your area of interest for summer internship or research opportunities.

Current and past placements include:

  • Carey Construction - Engineering
  • MJ Conroy - Financial
  • Green Sod - Environmental
  • Medtronic - Engineering
  • Notre Dame Kylemore - Programme Management

Are you a Galway company interested in sponsoring a Notre Dame intern? Please email ckieffe2@nd.edu.