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

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

Finance Intern

  • 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.
  • 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 organisations’ core competency areas.

Business Analyst

  • 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.

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

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.

Communications Assistant:

  • 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.

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