Science Internships Information for Students
UCD Science Internship Programme
You have the opportunity to undertake an Internship in industry at the end of Stage 3 (or end of Stage 2 for Geology students) and earn credits for completing the internship and its assessment component.
Step by step guide to apply for the Internship Programme for students commencing Stage 3 (commencing Stage 2 in the case of GEOL30360):
1. Express your interest via CareersConnect at the beginning of Stage 3 (Stage 2 in the case of GEOL30360), follow “Academic Internships”
[Log-in details are your usual student credentials]
2. Upload your CV on CareersConnect in the ‘Academic Internship’ tab
- Click on ‘Programme List’
- Read the information relevant to your course and click on ‘Find out more’
- On the right hand side, follow the hyperlink ‘Upload your CV’
- The deadline to express your interest for an internship commencing in 2018 is 15th October 2017
What you need to know? FAQs
When would my internship take place?
- Summer internships (SCI30080): from June to end August (3 months ).
- School of Computer Science – Data Science stream (COMP30790): mid-March to end of August (5 months)
- School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science: Research Project (BMOL40200) June to December (6-months)
How would I be assessed for my internship module?
You will need to complete an assignment during your internship. Details are available in the module descriptors.
Summer placements (SCI30080, GEOL30360) are graded as pass-fail based on an internship report and an employer evaluation. The grade does not contribute to the calculation of your GPA (ie the module is grade point neutral).
Internships including project work (BMOL40200, COMP30790) have more substantial assignments which are not grade point neutral.
How do I get my credits accounted for?
Credits are allocated to Stage 4 (Stage 3 in the case of GEOL30360) and you will be pre-registered by your School onto the Internship module. It is your responsibility to ensure that this appears on your modules registration page in August 2018.
How many credits will I earn?
The table below outlines the timeline and credits you can earn:
School of Computer Science
Data Science stream
Mid-March to end of August
School of Computer Science (SCI30080)
June to end of August
|School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science||
June to December
With a Research Project
|School of Biology and Environmental Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry, Earth Science (GEOL30360), School of Medicine-Physiology (SCI30080)||
June to end of August
Am I guaranteed an internship if I apply for one?
No. In order to complete an internship, you will need to successfully apply for one in a competitive process. As such, we cannot guarantee that everyone who seeks an internship will succeed in winning one.
It is important to engage with your Internship Manager (Carla Naltchayan, see contact details below) for CV review and support in your applications.
I need help with my CV and applications, who do I contact?
Engage with your Internship Manager (Carla Naltchayan, see contact details below) for CV review and support in your applications.
Book a one-to-one consultation via CareerConnect in the ‘Appointments’ tab.
Alternatively, the Career Development Centre also offers 20 min appointments every day.
Can I undertake an internship at the end of Stage 3 if I am going on an exchange during Stage 3 or if I am taking a leave of absence for Semester 2 of Stage 3?
Yes, but it is important to engage with your Internship Manager (Carla Naltchayan, see contact details below) for CV review and support in your applications.
Can a bursary experience in a university research lab be used as an internship in the above modules?
No, at the moment it is not possible to use experience in a university research lab (either in UCD or elsewhere) as the basis for an internship module.
Can I arrange my own internship?
Yes, but it will be necessary to engage with the UCD Science Internship Manager (Carla Naltchayan, see contact details below) to finalise the arrangements and complete the necessary internship agreement.
You will be required to fill an self-source Internship form form and provide us with a letter from company confirming your internship.
What happens if I embark on an internship but fail to complete it or fail the assessment?
For SCI30080 and GEOL30360 you would not be registered to the module at the beginning of Stage 4 (Stage 3 in the case of GEOL30360). You would need to register for a full set of ‘in semester’ modules to achieve 60 credits for the Stage. You would not be charged a fee for the attempt at the internship module.
For the internships involving project work (BMOL40200, COMP30790), you would need to contact your School to make alternative arrangements. There may be implications in terms of fees and the time required to complete your degree.
What happens if I fail to progress to Stage 4 or opt to graduate with a 180 credit degree?
If you embark on an internship during the summer between Stages 3 and 4 and do not progress to Stage 4, you will be unable to register for the module in Stage 4; the module would not contribute credits, attract a fee or appear on a transcript. Nevertheless, the experience would be beneficial and could still be listed on a CV.
Interested in finding out more?
To book a meeting with UCD Science Internship Manager, log in to CareersConnect