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Business Internship in Dublin

Business Internship in Dublin
Through this 8-week program, business majors can intern abroad while also taking classes through University College Dublin (UCD) in Dublin, Ireland.
Dublin, Ireland
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Fulfills KU Core 4.2

Please note: This program is not being offered in Summer 2021

  • Gain invaluable hands-on experience in an internship relevant to your interests and career goals
  • Earn 6 credits through University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Lochlann Quinn School of Business
  • Experience Irish society and culture through UCD’s Cultural-Social Programme
  • Explore Dublin and Ireland during three-day weekends
Program Summary: 

The eight-week program consists of a two week academic program combined with a six-week unpaid internship based in Dublin. The academic program allows you to experience education in a leading institution while the internship component allows you to gain valuable insight in to a professional arena.

The internship team can provide a broad spectrum of intellectually engaging internships. Placements take place with a wide variety of employers: small to medium enterprises, private companies, voluntary organizations and multinationals. Its internship partner list is reviewed regularly and is updated from year to year. Your placement will be determined by the three areas of interest expressed in your UCD online application together with your employment history, academic grades and the skills required for the role. Many of the roles available are project based and may span across multiple areas.

View examples of internship placements and testimonials from past students can be found here here.  



Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a warm and welcoming place. It is the center of Irish industry so internship opportunities are available in wide range of fields. The city prides itself on its beautifully preserved buildings and rich culture. Nearly one-third of the Irish population lives in Dublin, and half of the country’s people aged 26 and younger live there. Thanks to its young population, Dublin is incredibly lively with a great selection of clubs, pubs, and things to do. It offers fabulous museums and galleries, quaint streets and byways, and good shopping.


Academic Information: 

All students will enroll in Ireland's International Business Environment and choose one elective from three or four options. The Summer 2019 electives are listed below and KU equivalencies will be posted once the syllabi have been reviewed.  Classes will take place in weeks 1-2, the Friday of week 3 and week 8.

UCD Courses Pre-Approved KU Equivalencies
Ireland's International Business Environment IBUS 400 (3 credits) - Ireland's International Business Environment
Responsible Management and Society BUS 300 (3 credits) - Topics: Responsible Management and Society
Digital Marketing Communications MKTG 443 (3 credits) - Digital Marketing and Social Media
Global Finance         BUS 300 (3 credits) - Topics: Global Finance

You will receive pre-readings from your lecturers 3 weeks prior to the beginning of your program. Group work, project work and individual study is allocated time by providing you with some free Fridays where you can work in the business school or in the library.


Internship Component

Your internship placement will begin in week 3 of the program. You are required to complete at least 32 hours per week. Work normally takes place during normal working hours from Monday to Thursday each week. You will meet your manager and visit your work place at an agreed time during week one of the program for an interview. Your internship placement will be based in a working environment which you will commute to. You will be expected to follow normal work etiquette and processes within your placement. 

Cultural-Social Programme

An essential element of the UCD Summer Internship is for students to experience Irish society and culture. This series of excursions is funded and coordinated by the Lochlann Quinn School of Business to enable you to explore and immerse yourself in Irish culture. Attendance at the trips is at your discretion however you are encouraged to sign up to an extensive series of excursions and field trips in Dublin and around Ireland. This will give you a first-hand experience of the historic and cultural sites that surround you.  


Students will live in UCD’s on-campus housing, which will be shared with fellow students.  Apartments are comprised of private bedrooms with shared kitchens, living spaces, and bathrooms (shared by 4-6 people).  Bed linen is supplied and changed weekly.

UCD hosts hundreds of students during the summer ensuring that there is always something happening on campus. You will have access to wifi (campus wide) as well as all of the facilities that UCD has to offer, its student centre, gym, cinema and shops. You can also explore the woodland walks that surround the 320 acre campus and enjoy the leafy environs every day.

You are also connected within twenty minutes to the city, and greater Dublin area, with the second largest bus hub in Ireland on your door step. 

Identity Abroad: 

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Considerations for Ireland

Without the colonial history of other European countries, Ireland has very few non-Irish communities. Regardless of its homogeneity, as an emigrant nation itself, Ireland is known as a place generally welcoming of immigrants and visitors.  

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Ireland and same-sex civil unions are recognized. Despite the country’s relatively conservative mores, the gay community in Ireland has established itself and feels no need to live in hiding any more.

Ireland offers services for people who are mobility, sight, or hearing impaired. Certain areas of Dublin boast modern infrastructure with buildings and transportation systems accessible to people with physical limitations. Older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture. This includes cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entryways, and small indoor spaces.

Source: U.S. Department of State country information pages and Diversity Abroad.

Additional Resources

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.


KU business students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.  In addition to completing an online application through Study Abroad & Global Engagement, students must also complete an online application through the UCD.   A standard form of identification i.e. copy of Passport, a transcript of academic record to date and a current resume should be uploaded your online application before the application deadline. 


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