University College Dublin Summer Internships
Take hold of your future with a business-focused internship in one of the world’s fastest-growing metropolises. Get a first-hand look at the thriving global business scene, gain academic credit, and experience Ireland’s culture—all in one summer. From marketing to finance, the University College Dublin Summer Internships Program is the ideal summer opportunity.
Details at a Glance
Students take the Ireland’s International Business Environment core class, one elective, and an internship (6 U. S. semester credit hours total).
Available electives include:
- Responsible Management, Sustainability and Society
- Global Sustainable Finance
Students work for 32 hours per week (Monday-Thursday during business hours) at their internship and are supervised by faculty from UCD. Internships are available in the following areas:
- Finance and Accountancy
- Data Analysis, Information & Communications Technology
- Marketing and Sales
- Communications and Public Relations
- Human Resource Management
- Business Development and International Business
Students must indicate their area of interest as part of the application process, but placements are subject to an interview upon arrival in Dublin. Each student will be interviewed during the month of April to review their education, experience and skill set, and will meet with their employer during week one of the program. The internship is for six weeks of the eight-week program.
- You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
- You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.
Visa & Residence Permit Requirements
- A visa is not required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
- A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.
- A resident permit is not required for this program.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As a result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
- Dun Laoghaire Afternoon. Once a place for Victorian Dubliners to vacation in style, seaside Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery), is now a thriving suburb with a busy main street and funky cafes. Walk the pier following the footsteps of literary greats like James Joyce to a well-known swimming spot called 40 Foot. Explore art, small beaches, and history of restored Victorian bathing pools, and enjoy the best ice cream in Ireland.
- Gaelic Games at Croke Park. Ireland’s national Gaelic games include hurling, Gaelic football, handball, and camogie—ancient sports not widely known outside Ireland. Try them yourself with guidance from local coaches.
- Gaelic Match at Croke Park Stadium. Take in the atmosphere as we walk alongside local fans to the stadium, in the city center. Then catch the excitement as you cheer on a Dublin football or hurling team.
- Stand-up Comedy or a Play. Dublin is known for summer arts festivals that often center on food, film, or theater. Take part for a unique taste of Irish culture.
- Alternative Dublin Walking Tour. Explore bustling thoroughfares and hidden lanes alike to discover the characters that make up Ireland’s vibrant music scene and see the city’s fabulous street art. Along the way, learn about the city’s LGBTQIA+ contributions to local culture.
Housing and Meals
Students live in university-owned and operated student apartment buildings or townhouses on campus or less than five miles away. Your flatmates are other visiting students, or students from Ireland or other countries.
Take a look at Merville Residence to see what your UCD home in Dublin might be like:
- Location: On the main campus in Dublin’s Belfield area, near the Owenstown Park entrance.
- Living space: Students live in apartments in groups of four or five. Students have single bedrooms, each with a bed, desk, pillow, duvet, and storage, and share two bathrooms, living space, and a kitchen with storage, refrigerator, microwave, and oven. Students provide sheets and towels and basic kitchenware.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare and eat their own meals, and often say cooking and sharing meals is a fun, social part of their day.
- Additional details: 24/7 security. Residential advisor; social events and other opportunities to connect with peers. Laundry in adjacent building. Convenience store on-site. Bike storage. On-site gym.
- Nearby: Dundrum Shopping Centre. Dublin city center (3 miles; Dublin Castle, St. Stephen’s Green, shops, restaurants, and more.) Coastal town of Dun Laoghaire. Dublin Mountains.