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 have an onsite meeting/ interview with your employer the week before you begin your internship.

You will receive information on your host company, your role and the office location before the beginning of the programme. Finding the best placement for you can take time, therefore some students may receive details of their placement earlier/later than others but we will 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.

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. 

We expect all or most students will be housed together in UCD residences for the duration of the programme. On-campus rooms are allocated on a first-come-first served basis however we recommend early application.

UCD Residences offer private, individual bedrooms with shared bathrooms (shared between 2) and living spaces (shared between 4). UCD Residences are mixed-sex residences. Requests to share with specific individuals cannot be facilitated. 

Students will be invited to reserve their on-campus accommodation via an online booking system in April. Accommodation is charged on a per night basis, and costs are not included in the tuition fees. Students can expect accommodation costs in the region of €1,500+ depending on how many nights they will stay. The costs per night will be confirmed in April in advance of the booking system opening.

We recommend that students stay in the UCD on-campus residences during the Summer Internship Programme but if you have a definite preference to live off-campus, please indicate this preference on your application form. In the unusual case that you are unsuccessful in securing on-campus housing (ie. due to late application) UCD will recommend purpose-built student housing for you in Dublin City Centre. You should note that this housing might be more expensive than on-campus housing, due to it's city centre location and high quality. Further information on off-campus housing, based in Dublin City Centre, where previous students have enjoyed living is available here: 



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