Internships are short periods of professional experience. During an internship you will be doing similar work to a normal employee of the organisation. They give you a taste of what graduate work is like and can help you make industry contacts.  
Student summer and spring internships
Summer Internships are a useful way for you to develop and enhance your skills during the vacation periods.
  • Summer Internships last between 2 – 12 weeks and are generally paid. There are some unpaid opportunities but these should be very short in duration and not last more than 4 weeks.
  • Some companies will also offer Easter or Christmas internships of a few weeks. However, there will be a limited number of these opportunities available.
Many employers use internships and placements as a fast track onto their graduate programmes. Most internship opportunities advertised by large graduate recruiters are aimed at pre-final year students. However, many smaller businesses offer internship opportunities and will not stipulate your year of study.Most large or multinational organisations commence advertising in October for students to work the following summer, so get started early! Smaller employers however, often advertise right up until the summer period so it’s never too late to look for a summer internship. 

You can also check our:

  • A-Z of Employers who have recruited UCC students and graduates.
  • A-Z of Recruitment Agencies
  • Links to Professional Bodies


Iveagh Fellowship Programme- CACSSS

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in partnership with Saothar, is introducing the Iveagh Fellowship Programme on a pilot basis to assist Irish students identify and participate in high-quality internships in international policy organisations.

Five Iveagh Fellows will be selected by an Expert Panel led by Chief Justice Frank Clarke. Fellows will be awarded €5,000 and mentorship support to help secure internships at internationally recognized organisations. The Fellowship is targeted at students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Those applying for awards must be all of the following at the time of application:

  • Irish citizens
  • Enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or master’s degree programme in an Irish university

People who receive university accreditation for internships are encouraged to apply.

Learn more by downloading the programme brochure: Iveagh Fellowship Programme 2019 

Information includes eligibility criteria and the specific application process for students of UCC. Please note closing date of 5pm, Monday 7 January 2019.

For queries, please contact Dearbhail O’Callaghan, Work Placement Manager 


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