Cultural Vistas’ Internship Program in Ireland provides U.S. and Canadian students and young professionals with internship placements in the greater Dublin area.
Internships are available in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, agriculture, business, tourism, IT, media/communications, the nonprofit sector, journalism, design, and economics. Internships between four weeks and 12 weeks are possible.
All internships are unpaid; however, scholarships are available to qualified participants. All participants receive a scholarship application following acceptance to the program.
Cultural Vistas administers its Internship Program in Ireland in cooperation with our partner organization, Irish Education Partners.
- Application assistance
- Internship placement in your target field with an Irish organization
- Pre-departure orientation mailing and web-based orientation seminar
- Financial assistance via the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund (must apply separately)
- Health insurance (at an additional cost of 50 € per month)
- Airport pickup upon arrival in Ireland (optional add-on)
- Housing in shared apartment or homestay (optional add-on)
- Orientation session in Dublin upon arrival (public transport, maps, and general info provided)
- Support throughout the program in Ireland and the United States
- Reentry information and tips on marketing international experience to U.S. employers
- U.S. or Canadian citizen
- 18–30 years of age
- English language proficiency
- Minimum of two years of university-level studies in degree program related to internship field
- Practical experience in target internship field does not need to be extensive, but is preferred (i.e. summer employment, prior internship, volunteer position, etc.). The more experience an applicant has, the more desirable he/she will be to a potential host company.
Services and Fees
Fees and Optional Housing Services
Internship Placement Fee: 775 € (includes non-refundable 65 € application fee)
Insurance (required): 50 € per month
Host Family Accommodation Fees (optional)
- Host family accommodation (half-board, shared room): 190 € per week
- Host family accommodation (half-board, single room): 210 € per week
- Host family accommodation (full-board, shared room): 210 € per week
- Host family accommodation (full-board, single room): 230 € per week
Self-catering Accommodation Fees – minimum 4 weeks (optional)
- Single room in shared accommodation (no board): 160 € per week (bed linen and utilities included)
- Single room in student dormitory (no board): 230 € per week (bed linen and utilities included), plus 100 € refundable security deposit on arrival
Additional Services Fees (optional)
- Airport Meet & Greet on Arrival: 55 € one way
- Airport Transfer for Departure: 40 € one way
Upon acceptance into the Internship Program in Ireland, you will receive an invoice from Cultural Vistas for the services you have selected. Payments can be made via bank transfer (in €) or via PayPal. The internship search process will commence upon receipt of payment.
Refund Policy: If the participant cancels their program prior to receiving an internship placement confirmation, 50% of the Internship Placement Fee will be refunded, minus the non-refundable 65 € application fee. Program cancellations by the participant following internship placement confirmation are not refundable.
Once we have received your complete application, we will review it to make sure you meet all program requirements. If you meet the requirements, we will conduct a short phone or Skype interview with you to discuss the program and your expectations and answer your questions. Following a successful interview, we will formally accept you to the program and start the placement process.
Once your application has been reviewed and you have been accepted to the program, we will wait for you to confirm your participation. Once your signed acceptance documents are received, Cultural Vistas, in cooperation with our in-country partner, will begin looking for an unpaid internship position with a host company in Ireland. We work with all types of companies: small family-owned businesses, medium-sized companies, and multinational holdings are all possible. Many companies are experienced in accommodating foreign interns and have been working with these internship programs for years. Placements involving work with children, the elderly and people with special needs by Irish Law require a Police Clearance Certificate in English, two contactable references, and where necessary a manual handling certificate.
After reviewing your resume and conducting a telephone interview with you, we will have a solid understanding of your strengths, relevant experience, and professional interests. Based on this information, we will begin contacting suitable, potential host companies. You can indicate a geographic preference in your interview (most internships are in Dublin). The placement process can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months after acceptance into the program. Your résumé and previous experience coupled with each employer’s respective schedule often dictates how quickly a position can be found.
Participants will receive regular email updates about program-related topics and helpful information about Ireland. Please note that it is crucial for the placement process that participants check their email frequently and respond to emails as soon as possible. Participants must inform Cultural Vistas immediately of any changes in their contact information and/or start and end dates of their program.
Once an internship has been confirmed and approximately a month before the program start date, you will receive a pre-departure packet covering details related to your program and an invitation to a web-based orientation seminar. The packet and seminar will cover topics such as program regulations, living and working in Ireland, cultural adjustments, information on travel to Ireland, housing, cost of living, health and safety, insurance, etc.
Internships are available with various types of companies: small family-owned businesses, medium sized companies, multinational holdings, research institutions, and non-profit organizations. Please contact us for a sample list of past placements in your field of study. Please note that Cultural Vistas cannot guarantee that you will intern at any particular company, but will make every effort to locate the best possible internship for you, based on your previous work experience, language skills, educational background, and interests.
Tasks for interns are as diverse as the companies and the participants. Some companies will expect interns to work independently, while others prefer to supervise their work closely. Although it will be your responsibility to negotiate your direct work conditions, we will try to assist you whenever possible. Your resume will be sent to several companies in your field. You will be notified of your placement approximately three weeks prior to your program start date. In addition to gaining professional experience, you will have an opportunity to experience Irish culture firsthand. Even if the internship itself is not exactly what you imagined it would be, please remember that you will return home with invaluable personal and professional experiences.
Start Date and Duration
Internships normally begin on a Monday and end on a Friday, lasting for approximately three months (12 weeks). You are expected to apply at least three to four months prior to your desired program start date. (If you are applying to intern in the summer, please note relevant deadlines!) Programs are usually 12 weeks long, but internships between 4 weeks and 12 months are possible.
Scholarships to be used towards living and travel expenses are available through the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund for qualified applicants. All accepted participants who are eligible to apply to the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund will receive an application form and necessary instructions with a few weeks of acceptance.
To ensure that all participants are covered throughout the duration of their internship, Cultural Vistas requires that all participants purchase our HTH Insurance policy (currently 50 € per month). Students who are required to purchase equivalent international health insurance from their university will be exempt, but must provide proof of insurance enrollment and a letter from the university confirming coverage.
Housing can be arranged for participants to live with an Irish host family or in a shared apartment. Please refer to the full list under “What It Costs” above. Participants should recognize that a certain degree of flexibility will be necessary to adjust to Irish customs and way of life, as well as the usual adjustment that comes with living with flatmates or in someone else’s home.
Participants must bear all travel costs. All travel arrangements and expenses within Ireland are the responsibility of the participant. While we understand that you want to see as much as possible during your time in Ireland, please note that this is not a work/travel program. Participants are expected to spend the entire duration of their program completing their internship. Weekend trips to learn more about Ireland and its culture are, of course, encouraged.
How to Apply
To apply for the Internship Program in Ireland, please request access to the online application system. Your request will be reviewed by a Cultural Vistas staff member. If you meet the program’s eligibility requirements, you will be sent a username and password to access the online application.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications must be submitted at least 3 to 4 months before desired start date.
Applications for summer 2017 are due February 15, 2017.
We encourage you to submit all of your application materials online. However, should you encounter any difficulties in uploading your application materials, please feel free to send them in hard copy to the address indicated below along with any documents requiring original signatures. The complete application must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time Zone) on the day of the application deadline, including any letters of recommendation or transcripts mailed separately.
Application materials to be submitted (all supplemental documents should be uploaded online)
- Passport-style photo (of you alone, wearing business attire)
- Official college/university transcripts
- If this internship is required for your degree, please include a letter from your school verifying this
- Current resume in English
- Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer
- One-page résumé. We strongly encourage you to create your résumé using the free online Europass service, which will help potential host companies evaluate your skills.
- Statement of motivation titled “What I expect to learn from and contribute to my internship in Ireland”. The statement should not exceed one typewritten page (1.5 spacing, 12 point font) and should address the following topics: o Your career goals, field of study, and the field in which you would prefer to intern o The type of work you expect to do o What skills you have to offer a host company as an intern, and where and how you acquired those skills, i.e. What qualifies you to work in your desired field?
- Upon submission of your complete application and your acceptance to the program, you will receive an invoice for your program fee (775 €, which includes the non-refundable 65 € application fee). Payment can be made to Cultural Vistas’ European office via bank transfer or Paypal.
You may preview and edit your application at any time until you have clicked on the “Submit” button. To preview your application, click “Print Version”. When editing your application, please be sure to click “Save” before exiting to ensure that all data is saved. We encourage you to print a copy of your completed application before submitting it. Please note that once an application has been submitted, it is considered final!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have an opportunity to travel while interning abroad?
Cultural Vistas encourages you to explore as much as possible during your time abroad; however, please keep in mind that you are an employee at a company. Therefore, you are expected to attend work according to the expectations of your employer.
Will I receive school credit for my internship?
Credit is given at the discretion of each respective college or university. Be sure to speak with a coordinator at your school before beginning the internship to arrange proper credit. Cultural Vistas is able to provide a letter certifying participation in the program should the university request it. Please contact us for assistance.
How much is the program fee and what does it cover? What additional costs can I expect?
There is a 65 € non-refundable application fee due with your application. The remaining balance will vary, based on the options you choose regarding language courses and housing. In addition to the language course and housing options, the program fee includes internship placement with an Irish host company, a pre-departure orientation mailing and web-based orientation seminar, assistance with any bureaucratic matters, support throughout the program in Ireland and in the U.S., and reentry information upon completion of the program. The participant is responsible for airfare and transportation in the host country, as well as meals and housing if they opt out of the Cultural Vistas housing options. Insurance must be purchased through Cultural Vistas (currently 50 € per month), unless proof of enrollment in equivalent international insurance required by your university is provided.
Does Cultural Vistas offer scholarships?
Scholarships are available through the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund to those who have already been accepted to the program and have confirmed their intent to participate. A scholarship application will be sent via email to all eligible participants. Scholarships are available to U.S. citizens only. Priority will be given to participants who demonstrate financial need.
What is involved in the application process?
Complete an online application by clicking the “Request an Application” button. After submitting background information about yourself, we will email you a password granting you access to our online application system.
After submitting a completed application, all supporting documents, and the application fee payment, Cultural Vistas will schedule telephone interviews with all qualified candidates. During this telephone interview, we will make an assessment of your abilities, language skills, and career goals and will answer any questions you may have.
After a successful interview, you will be formally accepted into the program and we, in cooperation with our in-country partner, will begin the search for an appropriate internship.
What kind of companies offer internships?
Internships are available with all types of companies: small family-owned businesses, medium sized companies, multinational holdings, research institutions, and non-profit or government organizations. To request a detailed list of previous host companies for your field of study, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are the internships paid?
Internships are unpaid. There are, however, scholarships available through the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund to help offset the cost of living expenses for those who qualify. Scholarship applications are available after acceptance into the program.
Am I involved in the internship search?
Cultural Vistas will work diligently to find a placement for you; however, proactive participation from your end is strongly encouraged, though not required. You may approach potential host companies independently or offer contact information to us throughout the search; however, it is essential that you inform us of all outside contact.
Will I receive a refund if I am not offered an internship?
Yes. All fees paid (less the 65 € non-refundable application fee) will be refunded if you are accepted into the program and an internship is not found for you; however, this is highly unlikely. Cultural Vistas will work with each participant to ensure that they are placed in an internship most suited to their interests and capabilities. Previous work experience coupled with the chosen field of work will influence the availability and ease of finding a position.
Do I need a visa?
U.S. and Canadian citizens are able to enter and stay in Ireland without a visa. However, interns staying in Ireland for over 90 days are required to register with the local police authority (www.garda.ie). Further information on the registration process will be provided with the pre-departure information.
Do I need insurance coverage?
To ensure that all participants are covered throughout the duration of their internship, Cultural Vistas requires that all participants purchase Cultural Vistas’ Insurance policy (currently 50 € per month). Students who are required to purchase equivalent international health insurance from their university will be exempt, but must provide proof of insurance enrollment and a letter from the university confirming coverage.
What is the duration of the program?
The duration of the Internship Program in Ireland ranges between 4 weeks and 12 weeks, depending on the participant’s wishes and the host company’s capacity.
Where will I live during the program?
Housing in Ireland can be arranged with a host family or in a student residence. Please refer to the full list of Services and Fees. Participants should recognize that a certain degree of flexibility will be necessary to adjust to Irish customs and way of life, as well as the usual adjustment that comes with living with flatmates or in someone else’s home.
How does the placement process work?
After reviewing your resume and conducting a telephone interview with you, we will have a solid understanding of your strengths and professional interests. Based on this information, we will begin contacting suitable, potential host companies. The placement process can take anywhere from two weeks to several months after acceptance into the program. Your personal resume and previous experience coupled with each employer’s respective schedule often dictates how quickly a position can be found.
How does the placement process work?
After reviewing your resume and conducting a telephone interview with you, we will have a solid understanding of your strengths and professional interests. Based on this information, we will begin contacting suitable potential host companies. The placement process can take anywhere from two weeks to several months after acceptance into the program. Your personal resume and previous experience coupled with each employer’s respective schedule often dictates how quickly a position can be found