University College Dublin
Ireland's Global University 

Summer Internship Programme

Today’s global economy demands graduates with a global perspective. Our Summer Internship programme allows you to fine-tune your communication skills and develop practical professional skills. Part of the thrill of an internship abroad will be discovering the cultural differences that lie between you and you co-workers and how you relate to each other.

Further Information

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Internship Placements

The eight week programme consists of a six-week internship placement at a leading Irish company. From business to science to the arts and history, the internship team can provide a broad spectrum of intellectually engaging internships.

Programme Structure

March: On line applications are assessed. All students study one common module: Internship Academic Project plus choose one other module. They may select from the following options: Business Analytics and Finance, Irish History or International Business.

April: Telephone placement meeting to discuss priorities and Internship preferences. We discuss in depth the student’s work interests and what they wish to gain from their internship experience.

Business Analytics Track - 8 week Programme


  • Week 1-2 Orientation & Business Analytics module at UCD Campus
  • Week 2-7 Professional Internship placement in Dublin, Monday-Thursday, approx. 32 hours/week
  • Week 8 Complete Internship and presentation of research paper at UCD

Irish History Track - 8 Week Programme


  • Week 1 Orientation & irish history module at UCD campus
  • Week 2-7  Professional Internship placement in Dublin, Monday-Thursday, approx. 32 hours/week
  • Week 8 Complete Internship and presentation of research paper at UCD campus

International Business Track - 8 Week Programme


  • Week 1-2 Orientation & International Business module at UCD campus
  • Week 2-7 Professional Internship placement in Dublin, Monday-Thursday, approx. 32 hours/week
  • Week 8 Complete Internship and presentation of research paper at UCD campus


You will be assessed in both your academic modules and you will be given some pre-arrival readings that will be examined during your first day of class. Team and group work is also essential in the assessment criteria as is a strategic understanding and analysis of the company where you are placed.

Credit Transfer

UCD recommends that 3 US credits are awarded for the Internship module and for the Irish History, International Business or Service Learning module. Your home institution decides on credits to be awarded.

Cultural – Social Programme

An essential element of the UCD Summer Internship is for students to experience Irish society and culture through an extensive series of excursions and field trips in Dublin and across the island of Ireland.

Typical activities may include:

  • A weekend trip
  • Wicklow Mountain walk
  • Castle Tour
  • Irish Dancing
  • Traditional Irish Music
  • Trip to the Races

Health Insurance

Because of the regulations of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) Non-EU students mustobtain private health insurance (please see Health Insurance for UCD students). UCD does not arrange health insurance for students. Please ensure that you arrange it yourself before you travel.

Visa Information

In order to find out if you require a student visa to study in the Republic of Ireland please look at the following website Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS). Students with a US passport do not need to apply for a visa to study in Ireland. Further information is available here.


Accommodation will be provided on-campus at UCD for the duration of the Internship. Further information will be provided when confirmed on the programme. 


The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0. In addition to completing the UCD on-line application process, a standard form of identification i.e. copy of Passport and a transcript of academic record to date should be uploaded to your online application system. All applications will be assessed after that date.

Applications and Deadline

Applications can be made online. The deadline for applications is 19th March 2015.



  • Summer Internship 2015 dates: June 8th – July 31st
  • Programme Fee:  €4,100
  • Housing: approx. €1,300

Contact Us

Madeline Molyneaux
Study Abroad Programme Manager
Q117, UCD Quinn School of Business, Belfield, Dublin 4
Telephone: +353 1 716 4710 
Fax: +353 1 716 4759
Mobile: +353 87 9962519