All College at Brockport full time internships in Dublin, Ireland are located in Central Dublin or its immediate suburbs, providing the opportunity to experience how the Irish live and work. Every placement location has its own opportunities to try new things and to create a network of international contacts.
The College at Brockport works with the largest independent internship provider in Europe, which places over 1,800 young people each year in a wide-range of professional practice situations in a variety of industry sectors. Placements are arranged by an experienced team working with each student on an individual basis. The placement team makes a considerable effort to match each student to an appropriate placement and to monitor the students throughout the semester.
Dublin has been at the center of Ireland's impressive economic growth over the last 10-15 years due to the Celtic Tiger phenomenon, making it an exciting city to work in. Historically, brewing is the industry most often associated with the city, but there are countless opportunities for internships in many types of businesses. A large number of global pharmaceutical, information and communications technology companies are located here, as well as the European headquarters for several major international corporations. Banking, finance and commerce are also important in Dublin. There are countless opportunities in Business, Economics, Law, Politics, Communications, Psychology, Social Policy, the Arts, and Hospitality, to name a few.
The Brockport Dublin Internship Program offers you the opportunity to:
Live and work in one of the world's most friendly, dynamic capitals,
Receive work experience in a company, organization, or agency affiliated with your area of study and interests,
Improve your writing and research skills,
Have total integration with other Irish counterparts.
Your experience on the Dublin Internship Program will:
Integrate you into Irish society,
Make you a better student and worker,
Expand your outlook on the world,
Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
Greatly enhance your career prospects.
On the Brockport's Dublin Internship Program you will:
Live in the city of Dublin,
Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation that will maximize the benefits of your semester/year of study,
Enjoy the security of a complete package of academic and non-academic support services provided by Brockport.
Housing & Orientation
Shanowen Square is a new apartment complex designed especially for student use. The fully furnished apartments consist of 3-5 single bedrooms with a shared kitchen and living area. All bedrooms have a private bathroom and include linens, pillows, and duvets. Students must bring their own towels. The kitchen is fully stocked with cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils, as well as an iron and ironing board and microwave. The common area has a TV access point, but students must rent their own television if they wish. There is a laundromat on-site, and nearby shops for essentials.
Students may be sharing their apartment with students from their own university, students from other EUSA programs, or students from schools in Europe and further a field. In general, the apartments are co-ed, but every effort will be made to provide single sex accommodation if there is sufficient demand. During the summer months, there may be some residents who stay for shorter periods of time who are not associated with a university program.
Rules are broadly similar to most US dormitories, including no smoking, no large gatherings after mid-night, and respect for fellow residents and neighbors of the complex. The complex is in a safe, quiet residential area, and has the additional safeguards of locked gates, and 24 hour security staff.
There will be a basic social program that will be available to students during the course of the program. This may include a tour of the city and other optional excursions that will vary by season.
Various campus-specific fees** (college fee, technology fee, etc.)
Airfare to and from Dublin
The group flight will cost participants between $900 and $1200 (depending on departure/return dates, the point of origin of any connecting flights in the US, etc.).
Transportation while in Ireland
Meals while in Ireland
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial Aid applies towards tuition and fees
*The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
Credits - Students will receive 15 upper division credits
Interns will spend 12 weeks in Dublin.Participants in the program will be placed in businesses or non-profit organizations where they will be integrated into the workforce and perform tasks and projects assigned by supervisors and managers. Interns will normally work 8 hours per day for five days per week.Interns will also be required to follow the academic syllabus established for the course which will involve maintaining an attendance/activities log, submitting 1-2 page weekly journals on established topics and completing two, 5-page papers.These assignments will be submitted by email to the Instructor at Brockport.
From politics to the arts, placements are available for a broad spectrum of intellectually engaging internships based on your field of interest, internship goals, and skills. Here are just a few of the industries available in Dublin:
Media, Arts & Literature
newspapers/magazines, broadcast news (radio & TV), television production/development, film production/development, on-line news portals, publishers, literary journals, theaters, art galleries, museums, film festivals, dance companies, fashion
Business & Industry
financial services, consultancies, treasury departments, investment and pension funds, reinsurance, public relations agencies, advertising agencies, marketing agencies, human resources departments, IT & telecom, software development, retail, hotels & tourism, food & beverage producers
Law, Politics & Social Sciences
criminal & civil law, legal advice centers, political parties, European Parliament, think tanks, advocacy groups & NGOs
Healthcare, Psychology & Social Services
hospitals, research laboratories, occupational/physical therapy, neuropsychology, adolescent rehabilitation clinics, adult rehabilitation clinics, AIDS awareness, homeless shelters, refugee information services
adolescent outreach, educational consultants, adult education, educational policy organizations, research organizations, children's cultural centers
Additional Information about interning in Dublin
What is the business etiquette like in Dublin?
In Ireland, businesses generally run in a slightly more casual manner, with more emphasis placed on individual initiative and motivation. Students are generally given projects, with both short and long term goals, and are expected to work on their own initiative. This does NOT mean that students cannot ask for help – it simply means that the supervisors will assume students will ASK for help if they need it. They may not want to appear to be breathing down an intern's neck or handholding them through their placement. Supervisors NEVER complain about interns asking for work or for help.
What should students wear?
This question will be answered with much more detail once the exact internship is in place. It is tough to generalize on this because we have placements ranging from suits and ties to sandals and jeans. However, if a student is working in a business setting (i.e. an investment bank or law firm) they should bring at least one suit and several dress shirts and ties. "Smart" or "business" casual is usually the norm – which means neat shirts and blouses, khakis (no jeans), casual (but NOT athletic) shoes, etc. If a student has a professional outfit (a suit), they should bring it – to be prepared in the case of a more formal meeting or event. In addition, dressing well for the initial interview will show respect. A student will need to ask about the dress code if we haven't told them by the time they leave. Irish people will wear the same outfit more than once a week, so students don't need to have an extensive work wardrobe. Fashionistas may want to just pack a few basics and do some shopping in Ireland – it might be fun to experiment with Irish style.
What are the typical hours for an intern?
Again, this is a difficult question to generalize – a student will work whatever hours are asked of them, and this will be vastly different for different industries (an investment banker will work much longer hours than a school teacher, for example). These hours are non-negotiable and will be expected by the employer and the placement office.
Will students have one particular supervisor at their placement?
The Placement Team will make every effort to make sure students know who their direct supervisor will be. This is usually ONE person who will be responsible for the intern for the entire duration of the placement. This is the person the student will go to when they need help, have concerns, or simply need a new assignment. This person may not be the Office Manager and in fact, may be in a junior position him/herself. Students may find that they are not far off in age to their direct supervisor – this is common – Dublin is a young city! Also, a student may find that their supervisor may change as their job description evolves.
Students should, however, see themselves as working for the entire organization If they find that they have free time, they should offer to help even the more junior staffers. They'll appreciate the offer and may be able to return the favor by inviting students to interesting meetings or asking for their input on their projects.
If a student has a problem with their direct supervisor, it is perfectly acceptable to speak to their direct supervisor to get their concerns addressed. However, it is advisable to speak to a member of the Placement Team before a student does so as we may be able to provide assistance or another point of contact in the company.
How far can students expect to commute?
Shanowen Square is located approximately 3 miles from Dublin city centre, across from the campus of Dublin City University in the Glasnevin/Santry neighborhood. Although Dublin is a small city, it has terrible traffic and a public transportation system that is still trying to catch up to massive population growth. Shanowen Square is well served by public transportation with a number of buses running frequently to the city center, as well as connection services to the DAR commuter train service. Although it is a 15 minute bus ride to the city center, during rush hour it is not unusual for a commute to take at least an hour each way. A taxi costs approximately 13 Euros. Students definitely be able to "whinge" (complain) like a native Dub after a few days – everyone is in the same boat (or bus or train or tram).
Spring 2014: January 13th- April 5th, 2014
Dates / Deadlines:
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.