BSc Government Work Placement

BSc Government Work Placement

BSc Government Work Placement

Work Placement Manager

Ms. Dearbhail O'Callaghan

1-2 Brighton Villas,

Western Road,


Tel: 021 420 5161


The Undergraduate Work Placement Programme

A fourteen-week* work placement is an integral part of the BSc Government.  Students undertake Work Placement in the third year of their degree.  BSc Government students undertake Work Placements at home and abroad.  Recent student placements have included the Civil Service, Government Agencies, New York State Assembly, Scottish Parliament, the European Parliament, Banks, Insurance Companies, Media Organisations, PR companies, Humanitarian Groups, Health Boards and Local Government.

*Opportunity to extend the length of work placement if agreeable by  the student, the employer and the university.

About the BSc Government Degree Programme

About the BSc Government Degree Programme
This four-year programme is one of an exciting new generation of degrees emerging from the Irish university system.  It combines political science with opportunities to pursue a range of topics in business, law, modern languages, the social sciences and information technology.  The degree is both intellectually stimulating and practically oriented.  Strong emphasis is placed on practice as well as theory throughout the degree.  Students undertake a considerable amount of project work that requires them to use their initiative in searching for data and information and in conducting research and analysis.  Consequently, students are equipped to contribute in a real work environment.

At the beginning of the Work Placement, it is essential that the organisation makes clear to the student the areas of work regarded as confidential and any other specific requirements it may wish to be respected.  Usually, a confidentiality clause is incorporated into the student's contract.

A Three-Way Partnership

Work Placement is a three-way partnership between the Student, the Employer and the University.  It provides students with the opportunity to further their learning in practice-based settings.  The work experience on offer should allow students to demonstrate their ability to take part in the everyday work of the placement organisation and to put into practice the theories and methodologies studied in the BSc Government.

Students will complete their third year examinations in March and will be available for employment from March to August inclusive.

Employers will be asked to appoint a supervisor, who will monitor the student's work and complete an appraisal form on the student's performance in the work place.  The form must be completed in consultation with the student.

An academic supervisor will also be assigned to evaluate the student's performance and will make on site visits at the convenience of the employer.

The student will maintain a daily learning journal, which can be viewed by the supervisor at any time.  The student will also write an end of Work Placement self-assessment report.

On their return to college, each student will give a short presentation to fellow students and academics on their experience while on placement.

BSc Government Work Placement Partners

  1. Albany Law School 

  2. Allen, Bernard TD 

  3. Arklife Head Office 

  4. Association of Former Members of Congress 

  5. Australian House of Representatives - Farmer, Pat MP 

  6. Australian House of Representatives - Nelson, Brendan MP

  7. Bank of Ireland

  8. Bank of Scotland (Ireland) Ltd.

  9. Barry's of Mallow

  10. Boston Scientific

  11. Brassil, John Cllr.

  12. British American Security Information Council

  13. Canada Ireland

  14. Canterbury Development

  15. Central Elections

  16. Central Statistics Office

  17. Chief State Solicitor’s Office – Cork

  18. Chief State Solicitor's Office

  19. Clare FM

  20. CNN

  21. Commission for Taxi Regulation

  22. Consulate General of Ireland, San Francisco

  23. Cork City Council

  24. Cork County Council

  25. Courts Service - Cork

  26. Courts Service - Dublin

  27. Deaprtment of Foreign Affairs - Ireland Aid

  28. Department of Agriculture and Food - Food Division

  29. Department of An Taoiseach - eCabinet; Public Service Modernisation Division; Social Inclusion Unit; Social Policy. 

  30. Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism - Cultural Institutions Unit

  31. Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources - Sea Licensing

  32. Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment - Company Law Review

  33. Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

  34. Department of Finance - Civil Service Equality Unit

  35. Department of Foreign Affairs - North South Ministerial Council

  36. Department of Health and Children

  37. DEX

  38. Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Enterprise Board

  39. Dungarven Observer

  40. Edmond Brown Solicitors

  41. Erinville Hospital

  42. European Parliament - Crowley, Brian MEP; Cushnahan, John MEP; Sinnott, Kathy MEP.

  43. Fine Gael Party Headquarters

  44. Garvey O'Doherty, Colette

  45. General Council of County Councillors

  46. General Manager's Office, Cork University Hospital

  47. Gernika GoGoratuz Peace Research Centre

  48. Health Executive South West</SPAN< /> 54. Health Service Executive National Executive

  49. Heineken Ireland

  50. Hogan, Phil TD

  51. Irish Business Bureau

  52. Irish Embassy, London

  53. Irish Embassy, Poland

  54. Irish Prison Service

  55. Irish Water Safety

  56. Kerry County Council - Planning Department

  57. Kerry County Development Board

  58. KSR Administration Services

  59. Land Registry

  60. Land Registry

  61. Leitrim County Council

  62. Limelight Communications

  63. Local Government Management Services Board

  64. Logainmneacha Chorcai

  65. Lyric FM

  66. Marloboro Trust Ltd.

  67. Martin, Micheal TD

  68. Massachusetts Office of the Governor

  69. Massachussetts State Legislature - Brown, Scott State Senator; Costello, Michael State; Falzone Mark; Grant, Mary; Jehlen, Patricia; Kennedy, Thomas; Leary, James; Murphy, James; O'Flaherty, Eugene; Perry, Jeffrey; Sanchez, Jeffrey; Teahan, Kathleen; Timilty, Walter; Walsh, Steven. (All State Representatives)

  70. Members Research Service, National Assembly of Wales

  71. National Suicide Research Foundation

  72. New York State Assembly - Fitzpatrick, Michael; Higgins, Brian; Markey, Margaret; McEnemy, John J.; McLoughlin, Brian; Nolan, Catherine; Ortiz, Felix; Quinn, Jack; Tedisco, James; Weprin, Mark. (All Assemblypersons) Glick, Deborah State Representative. 

  73. Nuclear Policy Research Institute

  74. Office of the Ombudsman

  75. Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner

  76. Office of the Revenue Commissioners

  77. O'Flynn, Noel TD

  78. Pensions Board

  79. Public Appointments Commission

  80. Rhode Island State Legislature

  81. Safefood

  82. Scottish Conservative Party

  83. Scottish Parliament - Alexander, Wendy MSP; Baillie, Jackie MSP; Cunninghan, Roseanna MSP; Eadie, Helen MSP; Ewing, Fergus MSP; Gillion, Karen MSP; Godman, Trish MSP; Lyons, George MSP; Macintosh, Kenneth MSP; Matheson, Michael MSP; Muldoon, Bristow MSP; Mulligan, Mary MSP; Murray, Elaine Dr. MSP; Tosh, Murray MSP; Welsh, Andrew MSP; White, Sandra MSP. 

  84. Special Residential Services Board

  85. Teagasc

  86. UCC Campus Radio

  87. Ulster Unionist Party

  88. United States Congress – Kaptur, Mary Representative

  89. United States Congress - Kennedy, Edward Senator 

  90. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

  91. University College Cork - Department of Government; Finance Office; Human Resources.

  92. University of Barcelona (Manresa)

  93. University of Mondragon

  94. University of San Diego - Institute of Peace and Justice

  95. Virgin Radio London

  96. Waterford City Development Board

  97. Wexford County Council - Community and Enterprise Department

  98. Wicklow County Enterprise Board 

Work Placement in Scotland

Clodagh Hogan, Marlena Beczek, Clodagh Dilger and Aoife O'Sullivan, BSc Government students who completed their Work Placement in the Scottish Parliament during the Spring/Summer 2012.


BSc Government Student Dave Kelly on Work Placement in CNN.


Department of Government and Politics

2nd Floor, Block B, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Republic of Ireland