Animals are intertwined in Irish history, culture, society, even mythology! (The great mythical warrior Fionn MacCumhaill had two beloved hunting dogs that are almost as famous as Fionn himself.)
It’s no surprise that our ‘Emerald Isle’ facilitates a lot of agriculture; over 70% of Irish land is used for agricultural purposes, and animals are a big part of this.
There’s a sheep for every two people in Ireland. Grass-fed beef is one of our most famous exports, and we’re the 10th largest dairy-exporting nation in the world. While horses aren’t essential to farming like they were 60 years ago, Ireland is the third largest breeder of thoroughbreds in the world.
We love our pets too; 1 in 5 Irish households have a dog, while 14% have a cat.
If you’re majoring in Agriculture, Animal Science, or Veterinary Medicine, an internship in Ireland will be your Disneyland.
It be might be the chance to experience the business or practical side of animal care, and maybe raise awareness of animal welfare.
Your placement might find you working in an animal shelter, a stud farm, a riding school or alongside a veterinarian.
You’ll learn about new species, practices, and the biodiversity of a small island with thirty-five mammals and 400 bird species.
“I learned a lot about the horse industry in Europe, which I had no prior knowledge of before this trip. I think the things I learned about the equine industry here can help me when working and making connections when I go home and work.”
– Alexa, Animal Science Major, New Mexico State University
We’re small, which helps us keep our fees competitive despite the fully customised program we offer each student.
8-week program fee: €5235
10-week program fee: €6045
12-week program fee: €6675
There’s an application fee of €95 and a participant commitment fee of €500 that are both non-refundable.
Airfare, materials for placement, mandatory health insurance, lunches and spending money aren’t included.
We’re delighted to offer three scholarships a year of up to €250 per student, that are deducted off the final payment.
Scholarship applications can be submitted as part of the general internship application.You must have a 3.0 GPA to apply. The scholarship section includes an one-page essay about how the placement will contribute to your academic and career goals, and a choice of how you might record your internship experience (through a blog, video or social media updates).
We match students with a local family near their placement that’ll create a home-away-from-home for them. Living with a family immerses students in Irish life, culture, and customs. Not to mention the cooking!
The application deadline is based on when you’re available to intern.
Applications must be received at least 12 weeks before your intended start date. Placement start dates are the first and third Monday of each month.