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.
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).
- Work closely with the CEO (of a start-up company) and an external accountancy firm.
- Digitilization of company books and creation of new internal processes.
- Making recommendations on accounting process.
- Preparation of management accounts
Finance Planning & Analysis Intern
The Intern will work in the Group Financial Planning and Analysis (GFP&A) area which is responsible for the production of all forward looking financial information for the Group, including Annual Budget, Group Strategic Plan, financial projections, quarterly forecasts, stress tests, Going Concern and Deferred Tax Recoverability Reviews. The intern will support the GFP&A team of financial analysts in preparing the quarterly forecast and the half yearly income statement forecast refresh.
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.
HR / Strategy Intern
- Assistance on the performance management review project
- Working Time & Leave analysis: run system reports, analyse the results etc.
- Exit interview analysis and reports
- Help with research on CSR, sustainability and wellbeing options.
- Research and develop sample interview questions for each of the organisation’s core competency areas.
- Support the Product Management Unit Managers in assessing (qualitatively and quantitatively) mortgage opportunities and challenges facing the organisation.
- Support mortgage portfolio review through fact-based analysis of underlying consumer, market, business and operational trends
- Monitor and review markets and competitors on a systematic basis to identify and track current and future trends/risks/opportunities
- Understand and provide insight regarding new market developments (domestic and international) and the competitor landscape
- Support the production of ad-hoc reports, presentations and briefing papers
Assistant to IT Specialist
- Early stage development of an application (‘App’) for iPhone/ Android users that envisions system features and functionality.
- Design and developing of user interfaces
- Integrate applications by designing database architecture and server scripting; studying and establishing connectivity with network systems, search engines, and information servers.
- Creates multimedia applications by using authoring tools.
- Researching new internet/intranet technologies and software products for specific market.
Business Development / International Business
Positions in this area can involve multiple areas of work / skills e.g. strategy, research, marketing etc.
Business Intelligence Unit Intern:
The project involves completing a comparison of Ireland in relation to competitors for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Key Tasks / Responsibilities:
- Undertaken an in-depth research of the current competitor offering to FDI
- Research each Investment Promotion Agency website and other external material
- Profile Ireland’s key strengths and weaknesses
- Compare Ireland with each competitor location
- Outline key messages for staff when engaging with Senior Executives to best position Ireland when compared with our competitors
Assistant to Head of Business Development:
Strategy Project - Purpose of the role it to prepare an ‘engagement strategy’ of how best to interact with alumni members. This will include, finding out where alumni currently are, their interests, writing strategy of how best to engage in 3 stages, short, mid, long-term. The strategy will need to include various facets, communication, fundraising, engagement etc.
- Researching models used elsewhere.
- Meeting current members for input.
- Preparing marketing strategy for how best to engage alumni on long term basis.
- Investigating and compiling data on current alumni to assist with fundraising.
- Working with current committee members in Societies and assessing their needs.
- Assisting the Communications Officer (CO) to create opportunities for the organisation
- Assisting the CO in responding to media requests
- Developing a database for media opportunities
- Media monitoring and reporting
Communications / PR Intern
- Producing information and documentation for clients as required.
- Assisting with planning and carrying out of duties in relation to client projects.
- Maintaining databases.
- Resolving day-to-day media queries as they arise.
- Establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with clients, media and external partners.
(Indiana University) – ACCA
This past summer I was placed at ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in the marketing department. It was an amazing experience that far exceeded my expectations. I was involved in many projects over the course of the summer ranging from building and cleansing databases to co-managing the Facebook page. My favorite project was managing the student retention campaign, because I was fully responsible for it and got to see it all the way through to completion. I made the database, emailed the students, and made the necessary follow up calls. I was happy they had enough trust in me to give me such important projects and let me handle so much responsibility.
I would highly recommend the UCD Quinn School of Business Summer Internship Program to anyone who wants to gain meaningful international work experience. The program makes sure to place you at a business where you can excel and add value. I talk about my experience all the time in interviews and am still in contact with many of the people I worked with. I can’t thank the internship program enough for placing me at ACCA and making this past summer one of the best of my life.
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) – Bank of Ireland
I learned so much from the Summer Internship Programme! The faculty at the Quinn School were extremely helpful in matching me with an internship placement that was relevant to my interests and career goals. I worked as a Finance Intern at the Bank of Ireland head office. During my time working with the Capital Investment team, I learned valuable skills, formed connections, and experienced what it was like to work in a foreign environment. I felt highly involved in projects and developed a much better understanding of the concepts I’ve learned in the classroom through this real-world experience. Aside from my internship, I also loved exploring Dublin and traveling to other cities and countries, as well! Ireland is a beautiful place with some of the kindest people I have ever met. I highly recommend participating in this program – it is an amazing opportunity to learn more about yourself, build your professional and social network, and experience all Dublin has to offer!
(Indiana University) – Bank of Ireland
Leaving home for Dublin was one of the scariest things I’d ever done. Although I’d travelled pretty extensively in the past, I had never before lived in a foreign country. This was going to be a whole new experience, and I was scared! Even more scared than I had been leaving for college! I shouldn’t have been worried, however. From the second I touched down at Dublin’s International Airport and experienced the kindness of the Irish people, I knew everything would be alright. While participating in the Quinn School of Business Summer Internship Programme, I spent six weeks interning for the Bank of Ireland in their Human Resources department. During my time with the company, I was fortunate to meet a wide variety of employees, form deep friendships with my co-workers, and develop my business skills. Though my home office was located in the IFSC, I was given the opportunity to shadow various HR disciplines all over the city. Through these visits, I met many employees of the Bank and got a good feel for the hard-working and loyal company culture. Additionally, I was able to make good friends throughout the course of my internship. At the Bank of Ireland, I felt warmly welcomed and deeply included by my co-workers. Even now, we’ve all kept in touch! My internship also gave me the chance to develop my business skills. I learned how to interact with different levels of employees (from entry-level to managers to the CEO), improved my Microsoft Office skills, and learned the value of perseverance.
In all, I’d highly recommend the Summer Internship Programme. The programme completely exceeded my (already high) expectations and I couldn’t be more grateful for my wonderful summer experience.
(Indiana University) – IDA Ireland
My summer in Dublin was an amazing experience. The program gave me the opportunity to live, work, and study with an incredible group of people. I had lived in Ireland when I was younger and applied to the program as a way to reconnect with my past experiences and grow from new ones. Not only did I get the chance to reconnect with old friends, I also made many new ones from both the US and Ireland. By the end of the program I truly felt that I had grown both personally and professionally. The Quinn School placed me with the Industrial Development Agency Ireland (IDA), an organization focused on bringing foreign direct investment to Ireland. I was given a hands on project comparing the economic climate of Ireland to other countries. This project allowed me to build on my previous studies and gain a better understanding of what companies look for in investment locations. This summer was a once in a lifetime experience filled with laughs that I will remember forever. I recommend this program for anyone looking to study abroad. It truly gives the best of both worlds allowing for travel, study, and work experience in one of the world’s friendliest countries
My experience in Dublin has been a great one! I applied to the program for a multitude of reasons including gaining professional work experience and exploring my Irish Ancestry. Not only did I achieve everything I had hoped to achieve, I experienced so much more. With this opportunity, you have the chance to grow your knowledge of the culture of Ireland, develop your professional profile, and discover what kind of individual you are. At my work placement at PwC, I met so many great people who were willing to help me build my professional network and expand on skills that I had learned in the classroom. It is difficult to gain such valuable work experience this early in the U.S., given the current job market. Coming to Ireland was one of the best choices I could have made. Not only was I placed with a renowned global company, I had the chance to learn about the culture of business in a different country as well. This trip will set me ahead of my peers, both personally and professionally. I would definitely suggest studying abroad to anyone remotely interested. It is an experience you will never forget!
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.