Science Internships Information for Students

 

UCD College of Science

External Placement options 

 

SCI30080 Professional Placement- Science (5 credits, GPA neutral)

This module is an option in the following degree programmes:

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry with Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science with Data Science

This module provides you with an opportunity to undertake a placement in industry (6-10 weeks) in the summer following stage 3. This 5 credit module is graded Pass/Fail following assessment based on both a student and employer report. The module is GPA neutral and the 5 credits contributes to the subsequent academic year, i.e. successful completion of SCI30080 during the Summer of 3rd year is counted as a module in your 4th year.

COMP30790 Industry Placement (15 credits, GPA neutral)

This module is an option in the degree programmes: Computer Science and Computer Science with Data Science

You have an opportunity to undertake an industry placement in your 3rd year from mid-March to August. This module is graded in a pass/fail grade neutral fashion and so has no impact on final GPA calculation. Assessment is based on a learning journal and a presentation from the student.

BMOL40020 Industry Research Project (25 credit)

This module is an option in the following degree programmes:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Neuroscience

You have an opportunity to undertake an industry research placement for 6 months commencing the Summer following your 3rd year, i.e. June-December, including semester 1 of 4th year. Assessment is based on a thesis, oral presentations and a laboratory report.

 

GEOL30360 Work Placement-Geoscience (5 credits, GPA neutral)

This module is an option in the Geology degree programme. 

You have an opportunity to undertake a placement in industry (6-10 weeks) in the Summer following stage 2. This 5 credit module is graded Pass/Fail following assessment based on both a student and employer report. The module is GPA neutral and the 5 credits contributes to the subsequent academic year, i.e. successful completion of GEOL30360 during the Summer of 2nd year is counted as a module in your 3rd year.

 FAQs

Express your interest via CareersConnect at the beginning of Stage 3 (Stage 2 in the case of GEOL30360): Log in and select “Academic Internships”

[Log-in details are your usual student credentials]

  1. 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 link ‘Upload your CV
    • The deadline to express your interest for an internship is end of October every year.

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 (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 (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 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?

Contact: 

Carla Naltchayan
Internship Manager - College of Science
Science Office E1.09, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science
 
E: carla.naltchayan@ucd.ie | T: +353 1 716 2541 
 
Rachel McEvoy
Internship Manager - College of Science
Science Office, E1.09, UCD O'Brien Centre for Science
 
E: rachel.mcevoy@ucd.ie  l T: +353 1 716 2270

To book a meeting with UCD Science Internship Manager, log in to CareersConnect