Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions for interns. This section deals with questions you may have as an intern curious about taking up an internship in Ireland. If you are looking for more information about what exactly is involved and how you can benefit from an internship in Ireland see the answers below.
Yes, of course you have free time. Most interns work Monday to Friday, normal working hours. You will have free time during evenings and weekends. Some internships involve different hours, or even different days on the company work rota, but you’ll normally work about 35 hours a week. If you are participating in a long-term program, we can arrange holiday time for you.
Before you leave your own country, you should have been given an emergency telephone number and email. All you need to do is make sure that you email or 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 arriving to Ireland or for your internship start, then please let us know!
Yes, however, only in extreme circumstances would this happen and typically only in the event of gross misconduct on behalf of the intern. 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, we encourage you to try to explain your concerns to your internship supervisor as it may be a simple question of readjusting your work responsibilities or other internal matters. Alternatively, we 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 cannot be achieved, we will endeavour to locate a new work placement for you.
Yes, it’s possible, but not usual. As you are probably based outside Ireland at the time of your application, some host companies opt for a telephone/video interview to ensure your level of English is sufficient and find out more about your background and profile. It is also an opportunity to explain what will be expected of you and for you to ask you a few questions in return. That said, most host companies accept you with no interview, but based on your application documents from us.
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 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.
It will be the decision of the host company and your internship supervisor, but you are likely to be doing the same working hours as the staff in the company, which is usually 09.00- 17.30 Monday to Friday with one hour for lunch.
No, candidates participating in the professional internship program will not be paid for the work placement. 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, and in many more areas, so for non-listed areas, please contact us.
You will have a wonderful experience and make many new friends through your “colleagues” in your Irish host company. Your work colleagues will treat you respectfully and they understand that it will take you a little time before you have the confidence to ask questions and feel like a member of the team. Internships Ireland specialise in offering work placement to students from other countries, so we understand exactly how you are feeling during the first few days, 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.
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 30-45 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/shared room and either en-suite bathroom, or shared bathroom. Breakfast, packed lunch & 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.
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.
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. Males should bring at least one tie.
For most of the interns 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 could consider opening 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 event of emergencies requiring immediate assistance around the clock.
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 days’ leave in order to return home briefly during your stay in Ireland, if needed, typically only for emergencies.
If you need to use the bus you just get on a bus and use/tap your leap card. If you need to take the train, DART or Luas (Tram), please tap/log your leap card at the start and end of your journey before and after travelling at entry/exit points (station). We always do our best to place you in your accommodation as close as possible to your internship location. You can find more information about:
– Dublin bus: www.Dublinbus.ie
– Dublin luas (Tram): www.luas.ie
– Irish train: www.irishrail.com
Before you book your flight check how much it will cost you to travel to your destination. Here are some useful links about Ryanair and AER Lingus that are two flight companies that provide flight to Dublin, and a link about the google flights comparator to find your flight at the best price!
Yes, it will depend on your insurance company and of your country. To have more information about this, please contact your school/college and check also in with your insurance company before travelling to Ireland.