The Summer Internship programme provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the world of professional work in an international environment. Students will have the opportunity to put theory and skills learned in the classroom into practice during their degree. The programme consists of a six-week unpaid internship with a leading organisation and two weeks of intensive classroom work. You will develop valuable business skills, discover where your strengths and interests lie and gain relevant experience that will boost your employability. 

Internship Component

Internship Component

The internship team can provide a broad spectrum of intellectually engaging internships. Placements take place with a wide variety of employers: small to medium enterprises, private companies, voluntary organisations and multinationals. Our internship partner list is reviewed regularly and is updated from year to year. Your placement will be determined by the three areas of interest expressed in your online application together with your employment history, academic grades and the skills required for the role. Many of the roles available are project based and may span across multiple areas. The following is a selection of some of the internship roles available, click on the links for further details (please note these are sample roles and NOT specific roles on offer in 2017). 

Sample Positions

Assistant to the Marketing Manager

  • Organising & Supporting Open Events
  • Updating Social media & marketing materials
  • Review & updating newsletters
  • Designing PR & communications plan for specific programmes
  • Identify & researching competitors and creating an internal database with their details and social media profiles.



Frequently Asked Questions

The UCD Summer Internship Programme provides you with a unique opportunity to experience the world of professional work in an international environment. You will have the opportunity to put theory and skills learned in the classroom into practice during your degree. We work with a variety of organisations from large multinationals to smaller start-up companies to provide a range of internship opportunities for students. In addition to experiencing working life in Dublin you will also have the opportunity to take part in a series of social and cultural trips organised by the Lochlann Quinn School of Business.

We work with a variety of organisations that include multinational corporations, start-up companies, voluntary organisations and Irish businesses. Our partner list changes from year to year, below is a sample of some of the organisations where we have placed students.

KPMG Irish Cancer Society  Irish Stock Exchange   Bank of Ireland ACCA 
Guidecentral  Porter Novelli  The Irish Times  Special Olympics Ireland  The HR Company
IDA Ireland AIB Fighting Blindness Permanent TSB  


All successful applicants will complete a Skype interview with the UCD Internship Manager by April. The purpose of the interview is to discuss your goals, expectations, areas of interest, your resumé and your work experience. This information will then be used to match you up with a suitable internship position. 

You will receive information on your host company, your role and the office location before your departure. Finding the best placement for you can take time, therefore some students may receive details of their placement much earlier than others. We will however keep you updated on the progress throughout. You will also receive a Student Guide which contains further details on the internship component of the Summer Internship Programme. Your role is provisional until your complete your onsite interview on June 14th.

Your internship will be based in the Dublin region. You will be staying on campus in Belfield, UCD and you should take into account that most students will be required to commute to their workplace using public transport. A lot of our placements are based in the city centre, this would involve at least a 30-40 minutes commute in rush hour traffic. Students will be provided with a map and details of how to get to their placement from UCD

All internships are unpaid. You will be in Ireland on a student visa and you therefore cannot receive payment for your internship. 

Please refer to the ‘How To Apply’ tab above.