Internships - Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the cost of the program and what does it include?
The Program Costs and what is included can be found here.
Q. When are the start dates of the program?
There are no fixed start dates to the program and we accept applications throughout the year. However, suggested start dates could be February 2017 & September 2017.
Q. When are the program fees due?
A 10% deposit is required on the acceptance onto the Internship program. The remaining balance is required following confirmation of accommodation and all program details 90 days prior to arriving in Ireland.
Q. Will the program have 24-hour emergency crisis support from full-time resident staff?
Yes. All of our programs have a designated staff member available 24/7 for participants to use in order to contact family, parents or guardians. Equally, family or friends in the US will be given a contact number for emergencies.
Q. Do you provide airport transfers?
Yes. Irish Gap Year program leaders provide airport transfers on the day of arrival. We also provide private transport during the time of your program should interns need to return home for unforeseen reasons.
Q. What is due with my application and when is my application due?
The first step is to complete the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. You will also need to upload a CV and a Motivation letter. You can keep track of the process on our online application portal.
After filling out the online application forms, an advisor will contact you to confirm receipt of details and when your pre-acceptance skype interview will take place. You will then be matched with a suitable company where a second Skype interview may be required (Not all companies require this). Once you and your matched company are happy to accept the arrangement you will be required to pay a 10% deposit.
Following receipt of your deposit, you will receive all details relating to your placement. You will also receive a login to a portal where you can view your accommodation and the family that you are staying with if you are on a home-stay program. The outstanding balance of your program is required 90 days before your arrival in Ireland. For a full breakdown of the above please see our infographic
Q. Do I need a passport or visa?
Yes, you do need a passport to travel to Ireland. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. All internships in Dublin MUST be LESS than 90 days.
Q. What are my accommodation options?
There are a variety of accommodation options available to you. These are all priced differently to suit every budget.
- Host Family Accommodation, Half Board, Twin Room^ or single room
- Host Family Accommodation, Full Board, Twin Room^ or single room
- Host Family Shared Accommodation, shared with Owner or Occupier, Single Room *
- Student Shared Accommodation, House / Apartment, Single Room * or twin room *
- Half Board: Breakfast, Main Evening Meal Full Board: Breakfast, packed Lunch, Main Evening meal
* Subject to availability. ^ Not available for individuals
Q. Are the internships paid positions?
No, the internships are not paid positions, but they are an irreplaceable way to build your resume! If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship, you should contact your academic advisor or education abroad advisor to see if your university offers course credit for internships.
Q. What is the internship matching process?
We custom match each intern with the organisation that best meets the interests, skills, and goals of the intern. To best accomplish this, all interns must go through the application process, which includes indicating their top three fields of interest. Interns will also have a pre-acceptance skype interview to ensure that we can match your needs to the correct organisation. You will then be matched with a suitable company where a second Skype interview may be required (Not all companies require this).
Q. What if I don’t get on with my co-workers or the organisation is not a good ‘fit?
We endeavour to place you with the best suited match for your internship program, however if you find that the organisation is not a good ‘fit’, we will endeavour to place you with an alternative organisation. We would always recommend that you take at least two weeks in your placement before requesting a transfer, but please let your advisor know as soon as you are experiencing any issues at all as they may be able to assist you with any bedding in issues which may arise.
Q. Is Ireland safe?
Yes! Ireland is widely regarded as one of the top 20 safest countries in the world to live in. However, basic care and vigilance is always recommended but nothing over and above the norm. Ireland’s government departments including our healthcare is of the standard found in Western Europe. There are major hospitals and medical centres throughout Dublin. Travelling in Ireland is generally very safe, we have a reliable national public transportation network of buses and trains, and a community-oriented police force.
Q. Will my phone work in Ireland?
Some international phones will work in Ireland, however rates can be quite expensive. We suggest that interns purchase calling cards to use on their home-mobile phones, or download free-call applications such as Viber/Skype/WhatsApp to contact home while away. Alternatively, during their first week in Ireland, interns will have the option of purchasing an Irish mobile phone.
Outdoor Adventure Activities
Q. Do I need to have prior experience in outdoor activities?
You do not need to have ever put on a wetsuit. All we need is your enthusiasm and willingness to try something new. Our outdoor adventure instructors are very experienced in teaching absolute beginners how to surf, kayak or SUP.
All you need is a basic level of fitness and a sense of adventure. The most important ingredient is the desire to learn and a good attitude.
Q. What if I cannot swim?
You do not need to have even an average ability to swim as you will be supervised at all times in the water by trained lifeguards. However, you should not have a strong fear of the water. A little trepidation is okay though – it adds to the sense of adventure.
Participants in all our activities are given proper safety gear – wetsuits & life-jackets – and are brought through a safety talk at the start of their activity. All water-sports are conducted in what are deemed to be safe conditions for beginners and are supervised by suitably qualified staff.
Q. Are the activity providers properly qualified?
The activity providers we use are all fully certified and insured activity providers. We do not use any activity provider that cannot produce a copy of their insurance and up to date certification with the relevant governing body i.e. the Irish Surfing Association.
Q. Does it really rain in Ireland all the time?
Irish weather isn’t as bad as most people seem to think. Although it can be unpredictable. The advice is to bring clothes for rain and for sunshine. The main ingredient to enjoying time outdoors in Ireland is a positive attitude and the right outdoor clothing! Find out a bit more in our Travel Advice section of our website.
Q. Will I be cold doing the water based activities?
No, most definitely not! All participants are supplied with 5mm, thermos-lined winter wetsuits, boots, gloves and hoods – depending on the conditions. These suits are suitable for the coldest winter days, so you can rest assured we’ve got you covered!
Q. Do I need to bring any equipment for activities?
All equipment necessary for the water activities is provided. All you need is a swimsuit and towel