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Why Dublin?

Dublin is a global leader in the arts and entrepreneurship. It’s also a major media and publishing center with excellent opportunities in business, finance, communications, social outreach, and more. 

Your Internship

With so much to offer, Dublin is the perfect place for a semester-long internship abroad. Build a global network of professional contacts while taking in everything this amazing city has to offer.

Our program guarantees an unpaid, for-credit, 12-week internship placement of at least 32 hours a week in the field of your choice. Develop your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and gain real work experience that will jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.

Before you go, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your career goals. We’ve placed students in a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

When you arrive, the staff at our Dublin Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Dublin Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns. You also will enroll in a required 3-credit academic internship seminar with other IES Abroad interns, where you’ll learn about a variety of local business settings and opportunities.

With IES Abroad’s dedicated staff and international connections, you can be sure that you’ll find a semester internship in Dublin that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES:

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Education Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management 
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Social Outreach
  • Technology
  • Theatre

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Dublin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From your work placement to networking events and housing to cultural activities, our job is to make sure you have the best internship experience possible. Depending on your work schedule, you may be able to join IES Abroad-organized cultural events and field trips to experience Irish culture and learn more about your host country and its people. On the weekends, enjoy life in Dublin—spend an afternoon exploring the city’s world-class museums and libraries, theaters and music venues, or getting to know your new local and international friends at a local pub. Your time interning in Dublin will not only allow you to grow your professional and social circles and increase your workplace knowledge, but also expand your horizons culturally and globally.

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Before you go, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills as we prepare you for working in a new cultural environment. You’ll be guaranteed a placement at a local business or organization that fits your professional interests.

Academic Seminar
While working in Dublin, you’ll also enroll in a required 3-credit internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in and outside the workplace. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding workplace culture
  • Improving communication
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Dublin and when you return home

Personalized Placements
Your internship coordinator will work with you to find a placement in the field of your choice. We’ve placed past interns at companies and organizations in the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business 
  • Communications
  • Education Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Media 
  • Politics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Outreach
  • Technology
  • Theater

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representatives—new internships are always being added!

Courses

This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Dublin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations.

Northern Ireland
3 days | Fall and Spring
Take a guided tour of Belfast, visit the Giant's Causeway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and explore the countryside on a Game of Thrones experience tour.

Causey Farm
1 Day | Fall and Spring
Visit an open farm where you will have the chance to try Irish dancing, bake traditional Irish bread, learn to play an Irish drum called the bodhrán, and jump in a bog.

Celtic Origins of Halloween 
1 Day | Fall only
Join a guided tour of historic sites around County Meath where the festival of Samhain (more commonly known today as Halloween) originated more than 2,000 years ago.

Following in the Footsteps of St. Brigid
1 Day | Spring only
Go off the beaten track to the ruins of Faughart and the town of Kildare to explore St. Brigid’s birthplace and learn the legends surrounding her as a Celtic Goddess and Christian saint.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Dublin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.

Orientation

The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin. 

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.

Housing

We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Dublin, it will feel like home.

Private Student Residence - You live in a private student residence with your own bedroom and bathroom within a five-bedroom apartment. You live with up to four other IES Abroad students and share a fully-equipped kitchen and living area. Mixed-gender and single-gender apartments are available. The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi along with other amenities. No meals are included.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Take advantage of the cultural events we organize in Dublin, such as the following: 

  • Experience Gaelic Games
  • Traditional Irish Cultural Activity

 

Get to Know Your New City

Take a Day Trip

Just a short train ride away are the towns of Howth, Dun Laoghaire and more. Let the explorer in you roam, and hike along the coast.

Catch a Live Performance

From traditional folk music to cutting-edge theatre, Dublin has it all. Venture to the theatre, or enjoy live music at your local pub.

Taste the Local Food

Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, boxty, and more—sink your teeth into the various fresh and delicious foods of Dublin.

Visit the Book of Kells

See this lavishly illustrated manuscript, located in the beautiful Trinity College Library.

Explore the Neighborhoods

Walk along the River Liffey, and meander through the city. Be sure to stop at Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square for the famous colorful painted doors.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $3,945 $4,240 $230 $8,415


Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018 $3,835 $4,185 $230 $8,250


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Dublin Center occupies a red-brick Victorian building that was originally a post office and has been completely renovated. The Center is walking distance from St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.

Features include:

  • High-speed Internet, printer, photocopier and scanner access
  • A student lounge with study desks
  • 4 laptops and 2 desktops
  • Classrooms
  • A small library and travel planning area

Take a virtual tour of what it’s like to be in Dublin and what the IES Abroad Dublin Center is like!

Our Staff

Megan Markey

Center Director

Megan Markey earned an MBA in Education Management from the Institute of Education, University of London and a Masters in Sociology from University College Dublin. Employed by IES Abroad since 2004, Megan teaches our service learning seminar, Service Learning: Youth Engagement and Education in Ireland. She has also taught qualitative research for the Sociology Department at University College Dublin. Megan was the Assistant Director of the Dublin Center from 2010-2014 and became the Center Director in 2015. 

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Dublin Staff

Shane Fitzgerald
Internship Coordinator

Jackie Knowles
Student Affairs Coordinator

Stephen McMahon
Writers Program and Moodle Coordinator

Caitlin Myron
Interim Academic and Customized Programs Coordinator

Cristin O'Gorman
Internship Coordinator

Mairéad White
Accountant Assistant