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Active engagement with industry or institutional partners is a key component of our courses and programmes. Most programmes have an accredited Internship as an embedded component of the course or voluntary summer internship. In both cases, students validate credits and the internship is formally assessed by a member of the Academic team.

This partnership provides you with a unique opportunity to establish links with UCD and source high caliber students in their penultimate or final year to build a talent pipeline or as a flexible resource for projects and peak of activities.

Which Programmes include an Internship? 

Biomedical, Life Sciences & Chemistry

BSc Pharmacology, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Neuroscience.


June to December

MSc Biotechnology

3-6 months

June to September/December

MSc Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs

3-6 months

June to September/December

BSc Chemistry (all degrees)


June to September

Computer Science

BSc Computer Science with Data Science


Mid-March to September

BSc Computer Science 


Mid-March to September

MSc Computer Science

3-6 months

June to September/December

Higher Diploma Computer Science (ICT Skills Conversion)

3-6 months

June to September/December

Energy, Climate and Environmental Sciences

BSc Environmental Biology, BSc Zoology, BSc Cell and Molecular Biology, BSc Plant Biology


June to September

MSc Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy


January to March

MSc Applied Environmental Science


July to September

Mathematics & Physics

MSc Space Science & Technology


June to September

MSc Nanotechnology


June to September

BSc Financial Mathematics, BSc Mathematics, BSc Statistics


June to September

BSc Applied and Computational Mathematics


June to September

Interested in our Internship Programme? 


Rachel McEvoy
Internship Manager - College of Science
E: scienceinternships@ucd.ie  l T: +353 1 716 2270
Paul Murphy
Internship Manager - College of Science

Science Office E1.09, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Students can be undergraduates or Masters students who would have graduated with a 2:1 in their primary degree and are highly skilled and motivated.

UCD Science Internship Programme provides companies with the opportunity to develop a pipeline of highly skilled graduates in the areas that they require, with minimum risk.

The UCD Science Internship Programme vary in duration from 3 to 6 months, starting at the end of May.

Graduate interns have completed their study in UCD in September of each year and are available to remain with your company for an extended period beyond this time. The duration of this internship can be from three to six months, depending on the requirements of the employer.

This ensures that students are in a position to contribute to the company and carry out meaningful work. The internship is credit bearing for the student.

UCD Science will work closely with each industry or institutional partner to manage the Learning Outcomes which will ensure that the needs of both parties are met.

By facilitating a UCD Science Internship student, your company can develop a strong collaborative working relationship with UCD.

The UCD Industry Internship programme could provide your company with a simple, cost-effective way to meet short-term recruitment needs and research needs by providing you with an extra resource.

The role of the company is to provide the student with a meaningful industry internship, which complements their education and broadens their skillset.

Your expectation of the student should not differ from that of any other employee and we ask that you provide a safe, relevant and challenging work environment.

Yes, all internships come under a standard UCD Internship Agreement, which will be signed by the University and the internship provider. This agreement will be sent to you once you have appointed an intern and must be returned prior to the intern commencing the internship.

We recommend that students are paid at least minimum wage. We have found that the level of pay can impact an employer’s degree of success in recruiting the best candidate.

No, there are no work permits required for international students (non EU/EEA citizens) who wish to undertake an internship in Ireland. Students enrolled on degree programmes are allowed to undertake an internship where this forms part of their course.

For more information, read the New Immigration Regime For Full Time Non-EEA Students (pdf).

The host company will be expected to have in place appropriate insurance cover in relation to their use of interns.

June – August: Initial Contact

Companies are contacted by UCD Science Internship Mangers to arrange student internships for the coming academic year.

September: Student Preparation and Industry Internship Specifications Submitted

Companies submit their internship specifications to UCD Science Internship Managers. Students are briefed and prepared for the Industry internship application process.

Application Procedure Begins

Student applications are submitted to companies.

November: Application Shortlisting and Interviewing by Companies

Companies shortlist applications they have received and interview students. Where possible, interviews should be undertaken prior to December, as students will have exams in December.

December – February: Signing of Internship Agreements

Contracts and agreements are finalised and signed by UCD and Host Company.

May – August: Industry Internship Commences

UCD College of Science

Room E1.09/E2.09 UCD O'Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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