PG7028 PhD Internship

(10 credits)

The objective of the module is to enhance students' employability and transferable skills through work experience and critical reflection.  Research students in Year 2 and above, with the approval of their supervisor, will arrange an internship or work placement for a duration of at least 20 full days. The placement can be paid or unpaid, or supported by external funding (e.g. Erasmus), and can occur in a variety of relevant national or international settings (e.g. academic, commercial, cultural, heritage, statutory, NGO etc.). Students are required to identify a mentor within the workplace.

Students are also required to paricipate in a briefing session with the UCC Careers Service where they can complete a skills analysis and determine which skills they need to develop and set goals while on the internship. Pleae email Deirdre Parker ( to make an appointment.  On completion of the internship they are also required to participate in a de-briefing session where they can reflect on the learning gained, update their CV accordingly and make further plans to move their PhD/career forward in a purposeful way. At the end of the placement, students will deliver a final reflective report on their experience to their supervisor, with a copy to the module co-ordinator.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Broaden their understanding of possible range of employment opportunities to aid career choice
b) Reflect on the experiential learning and personal development experienced on the placement and summarise in a Reflective Final Report
c) Demonstrate how critical learning on the work placement/internship can inform their identification of further areas for skill development
d) Articulate a deepened knowledge of transferable skills and their applicability in both academic and workplace settings.

Dates: Semester 1,2 and 3
Credit Weighting: 10 credits
Applicability: PhD students in year 2 or above


PhD students registered for this module in general should arrange their own placement (see, for example, internships listed in the UCC Works programme at Your supervisor and the UCC Careers Service may be able to offer you advice on suitable placement opportunities.

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