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International Education Internships in Ireland

For decades, visitors couldn’t leave County Cork without a trip to the Blarney Stone to earn “the gift of the gab”.

Graduates in University College Cork

Graduates in University College Cork

But these days, visitors are just as likely to be in University College Cork to earn a BSc in Genetics.

Over the past decade, Ireland has risen to be a leading, world-ranked, study abroad destination.

Significant government investment in higher education and innovation has put Ireland in the top 1% in terms of research impact, and has enticed the world’s most innovative companies to establish European HQs here. Wrap that in the setting of a safe, friendly country, and it’s no wonder Ireland is the seventh most popular study abroad destination for US students.

As a result, Ireland’s fast-growing field of international education is an exciting place to be. If you’re studying education, higher education administration, or career counselling, you’ll love this placement.

You’ll learn to develop and implement study abroad programs, working with students and faculty directly to tick both academic and adventure boxes. You’ll gain insight into the Irish Higher Education Systems and markets, and learn skills in student advising, marketing, event planning and outreach along the way.

This placement is ideal for students who want to work in study abroad, student services or academic department at a university.

Katie’s Story

Katie May is a second-year graduate student in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana State University. She did an International Education Internship in County Kildare in 2017

Intern Katie May

Intern Katie May

“Overall it was an amazing experience. I liked interning with a smaller company because it gave me one-on-one time with all the team members. The team was great and everyone was super welcoming. It had a family feel to it. I think I learned a wider range of skills than I would have at a large company.

Before the internship, I had only ever been involved in the academic side of advising. I learned how to talk to students interested in studying abroad as well as faculty members. I also learned about marketing and time management, and a new application system. I learned how to talk to people I don’t know, and that things change and that you have to roll with the changes.

Intern Katie May exploring Donegal

Intern Katie May exploring Donegal

I came home from my internship a much more confident version of myself than when I left. I gained a lot of skills that I can apply to any job that I get in the future.

Indiana will always be my home, but a piece of my heart will always be in Ireland. I didn’t realize it while I was in Ireland, but I was growing as a person. Since being back in Indiana I have heard numerous times about how different I am. The biggest difference has been how much happier I am. I smile more and I am more at peace with myself as a person.

I never would have learned as much about myself if I hadn’t traveled abroad or had such an amazing internship. I am beyond thankful to have interned with Learn International and met so many incredible people over the last few months. It was a life-changing trip!”

What’s included?

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  • Guaranteed Internship Placement
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner
  • Application, Cover Letter and Résumé guidance
  • Optional Airport Transfer
  • Alumni network
  • In-Country Orientation and Welcome event
  • Excursions and Social Activities
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Academic credit through our School of Record or your home university (extra fee)


What’s the cost?

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 are not included.

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We’re delighted to offer three scholarships a year of up to €500 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 has two parts: a 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 (with a blog, video or social media updates).

Where will I live?

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! 

Katie out to dinner with her host family for Mother's Day Katie on her host family experience:

 “I stayed with three different homestay families, and I have yet to have a bad experience living with any of them. The family I had for my internship was fantastic. I am close to them and already miss them. They always made sure to include me and encouraged me to make the most of my time here.”

When do I apply?

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.

Available start dates are as follows:
October 1, 2018
November 5, 2018
December 2018
January 15, 2019
February 5, 2019
March 12, 2019
April 9, 2019

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