How to Apply for an Internship in Republic of Ireland

HBS (Health Business Services) HSE (Health Services Executive) 

HBS HSE is the body responsible for the recruitment and allocation of Intern posts in Ireland through a single, national recruitment campaign.

Application is made online and takes place in two stages, commencing in October of each year.

Graduates must meet the eligibility criteria in order to apply for an internship.

Please visit for application details.


Intern Employment Eligibility Test (IEEA) 

The Intern Employment Eligibility Test (IEEA) is now closed for the HSE internship application uptake (2022 – 2023).

Graduates from Medical Schools outside of the Republic of Ireland are required to sit a two stage Intern Employment Eligibility Test as a requirement for their HSE internship application with the HBS HSE. This test is facilitated by the UCD Intern Network and comprises an online written paper followed for those who achieve an adequate grade with an online OSCE.

The IEEA tests knowledge in five competency domains;

  • Knowledge and application of Irish legal medicine
  • Knowledge and application of national prescribing practices
  • Professional skills relevant to the Irish healthcare setting
  • Communication skills relevant to Irish healthcare and
  • Knowledge of national public health and safety issues

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What is the Certificate of Experience?

If you successfully complete an Internship in Ireland in an allocated HSE Intern post, you are awarded a Certificate of Experience from the Medical Council (of Ireland).

This Certificate of Experience (COE) meets the eligibility criteria to apply for continued registration on a trainee scheme.

Internship must be for a minimum of twelve continuous months with satisfactory completion of the mandatory training components in the respective intern network.

See further guidance from Medical Council (of Ireland) here


Intern Application in RoI – FAQs for GEMS