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Internship Q&A

Frequently Asked Questions for Interns.  This section deals with questions you may have as a intern curious about taking up an internship fin Ireland.  If you are looking for more information about what exactly is involved and how you can benefit from an internship see the answers below.

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For more information contact Internships Ireland by email or call +353 1 8395546.

You need to bring smart formal clothes for your placement. Jeans and trainers are not allowed. You should bring a few neat, well presented shirts, trousers and shoes. Females should also bring reserved skirts and males should bring at least one tie.

There are several shops where our trainees buy prepaid sim cards in Ireland. Our staff will be glad to advise you when you arrive to Ireland.

For most of the trainees there is no need to open a bank account in Ireland. Opening a bank account in Ireland can be quite complicated. However, if you plan to carry out a 6 month Internship or longer in Ireland you should open a bank account.

At Internships Ireland we are available to answer your questions and provide you with guidance and support including a mobile hotline number in the events of emergencies requiring immediate assistance around the clock.

Yes, of course you have free time. Most interns work Monday to Friday, normal working hours. They have evenings and weekends to themselves. Some internships involve different hours, or even different days on the company work rota, but you’ll normally work about 39 hours a week anyway. If you are participating on a long program, we arrange holiday time for you.

For more information contact Internships Ireland by email or call +353 1 8395546. You can alsoregister your interest online now and we will contact you by return.

Yes, there are many beautiful places ready to discover all over Ireland and most destinations are within easy reach to spend a weekend there. You may also be given permission by your host company for a couple of day’s leave in order to return home briefly during your stay in Ireland.

If you need to use the bus you just get on a bus and pay when you are on the bus. If you need to take the train, DART or Luas (Tram), please get your ticket before travelling at the point of sale (station). We always do our best to accommodate you as close as possible to your Internship.
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Before you leave your own country you should have been given an Emergency telephone number. All you need to do is make sure that you call this number and explain what has happened. All of the arrangements for your arrival will have already been made so it is important that you let us know as soon as possible if there is a problem.
If you know you are going to be late, then please let us know !

Before you book your flight check how much it will cost you to travel to your destination.
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This section deals with questions you may have, as a student, looking for more information about travel to and within Ireland.

For more information contact Internships Ireland by email or call +353 1 8395546. You can alsoregister your interest online now and we will contact you by return.

If you choose to live with a host family we will do our best to locate you as close to your host company as possible, however, as with every major city, people can expect to commute anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to reach their destination via public transport.

Some students choose to stay with a host family as it offers the classic comforts and conveniences of living in a home away from home. Host families are vetted by our staff. You will have a private room and either en-suite bathroom, or shared  bathroom. Breakfast & dinner and laundry are typically included in the price.

Yes, we can arrange accommodation for you with a host family. We can assist you in finding alternative accommodation with a youth hostel or to share an apartment or house, but we are unable to book this in advance as you must do so in your own name.
For useful websites on accommodation in Ireland, please consult these websites: www.daft.ie ,www.let.ie, www.letbynet.com 

No, accommodation is extra whether you opt to stay with a host family, share an apartment or house with others or stay in a hostel.

This section deals with questions you may have, as a student, looking for more information about accommodation in Ireland.

For more information contact Internships Ireland by email or call +353 1 8395546. You can also register your interest online now and we will contact you by return.

Please apply by using our online registration form or ring us for further instructions.

Our internships service at Internships Ireland is very affordable compared to the cost of enrolling in other educational programs and the results can be invaluable in the successful continuation of your studies and further career. Please contact us via email or phone for a specific price.

You need to bring smart formal clothes for your placement. Jeans and trainers are not allowed. You should bring a few neat, well presented shirts, trousers and shoes. Females should also bring reserved skirts and males should bring at least one tie.

Yes, however, only in extreme circumstances would this happen and typically only in the event of gross misconduct. Internships Ireland would be obliged to formally interview both the host company and yourself as to establish the reason for the dismissal and report back to your academic institution after which a decision would be made to offer you a new internship or not.

Firstly try to explain your concerns to your manager as it may be a simple question of readjusting your work responsibilities or other internal matters. Alternatively, we at Internships Ireland will become involved with the host company and yourself to try and find a solution to the situation so you can successfully complete your internship. However, if a satisfactory resolution is not achieved, we will endeavour to locate a new internship for you.

Yes, most likely. As you are probably based outside Ireland at the time of your application, most companies opt for a telephone interview to ensure your level of English is sufficient and find out a little about your background. It is also an opportunity to explain what will be expected of you and for you to ask you a few questions in return.

This will be based on your capability to assimilate and learn new material, your level of English, and your general enthusiasm for getting involved in various different projects. The more open minded and focused you are, the more responsibility you are likely to be given. You are there to learn, work along with the permanent staff and assist them in their daily tasks.

We would advise you to do the same working hours as staff in the company, which is usually from 09.00- 17.30 Monday to Friday with one hour for lunch.

Trainees can ask for financial help or scholarships if they participate in an internship in Ireland. Please ask your tutor or internships advisor, in your University or College, how you can apply for financial assistance. Your program may qualify for the EU Funded Leonardo scholarship and/or other regional government backed grants.

No, candidates participating in the Professional Internship Program will not be paid for the internship. It is a voluntary non-paid training period. However some host companies may offer to contribute towards your local transport costs and other host companies may decide to offer you additional benefits, but this is entirely at their discretion.

Internships Ireland offers placement programmes in most sectors such as; Administration, Marketing, Business Development, Market Research, Human Resources, Travel & Tourism, Banking & Finance and IT.

Currently most internships are located in Dublin, although we work with host companies across Ireland, so please let us know if you are interested in a particular town or region.

• You will have a wonderful experience and make many new friends through your “colleagues” in your host company.
• Your work colleagues will treat you with every respect and they will understand that it will take you one or two weeks before you have the confidence to ask questions and feel like a member of staff.
Internships Ireland specialise in offering internships to students from other countries so we understand exactly how you are feeling during the first week or two, so don’t worry.
• Everything will be great as long as you make the effort to speak in English and do your very best at all times.

This section deals with questions you may have, as a student, considering participation in an internship in another country or looking for more information about what exactly is involved in a foreign programme and what would be expected of you.