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.
This capital city’s breadth of growing industries makes a semester internship in Dublin the perfect experience for a variety of interests. Take a scenic walk, borrow from Dublinbikes, or use the DART line to commute to your internship. For lunch, enjoy a traditional corned beef sandwich or Irish stew. Build a global network of professional contacts while taking in everything this amazing city has to offer.
An IES Internship abroad develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. Our 14-week program in Dublin guarantees an unpaid, for-credit internship placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 32 hours a week.
Before you head off to intern in Dublin, your internship coordinator will 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. We will work with you to help find the closest match between your expressed preferences and professional goals with what’s available via IES Internships in Dublin.
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!
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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.
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:
Your internship coordinator will work with you to find a placement in the field of your choice, where you will work for 32 hours per week. We’ve placed past interns at companies and organizations in the following fields:
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representatives—new internships are always being added!
Additional Academic Course
While working in Dublin, you’ll also have the chance to enroll in a single academic area studies course from our Irish Studies program to compliment your internship placement. For course descriptions and syllabi, please visit our Irish Studies program page.
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
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 will live in a private student residence, Binary Hub, in Dublin. At Binary Hub, you will be given your own private bedroom and bathroom. You will share the floor with up to four other flat mates, which consists of a fully-equipped kitchen and a shared living area.
The private student residence is completely furnished and has WiFi Internet access along with other amenities. You are responsible for your own meals, and can prepare your own food at home or eat at local, inexpensive restaurants.
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.
The program begins with a two-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Dublin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Dublin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered during this time.
You also take guided tours around the Center and areas of Dublin as part of your orientation.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. You will also take guided tours around the Center and areas of interest in Dublin as part of your orientation.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Dublin through our cultural events, such as:
Though you’ll be living and working in Dublin, you also have the opportunity to join IES Abroad organized field trips that take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country.
These trips are available with an additional cost and are dependent on your work schedule. Here are a few possible destinations.
3 days | Fall & Spring
Take a guided tour of Belfast and visit Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, the film site of Game of Thrones, and the Giant’s Causeway, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
1 day | Fall & Spring
Visit an open farm where you will have the chance to try out Irish dancing, bake traditional Irish bread, play hurling (Ireland’s national sport), and visit a bog.
1 day | Fall & Spring
Hike in Howth Head, a lovely seaside fishing village in North County Dublin.
Experience Gaelic Games
1 day | Fall and/or Spring
Immerse yourself in an authentic Irish experience as you learn about Ireland's national sports, Gaelic football, hurling, and handball.
Note: Field trip destinations and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
About the 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.
Take a virtual tour of what it’s like to be in Dublin and what the IES Abroad Dublin Center is like!
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 Dublin Staff
Chris Corcoran Internship Coordinator
Regina Fitzpatrick Academic Coordinator
Jackie KnowlesStudent Affairs Coordinator
Stephen McMahon Writer's Program Coordinator and Moodle Adminstrator
Mairéad WhiteAccountant Assistant
What is it really like to live in Dublin? Check out our virtual tour of all the places you’ll come to know and love when you study abroad there—GO!