Internships North West

Explore the rustic beauty of Ireland’s North-West Coast with a 4, 8 or 12 week internship in a rural sea side setting on the Wild Atlantic Way. Avail of the local amenities and get involved with the community through events and social meet ups. Learn to surf in one Europe's best surf spots or get a unique view of the Wild Atlantic Way on a kayak or stand up paddle Board(SUP) coastal tour. When you are not working and developing your skillsin a local business you can enjoy cultural day trips around Ireland. An internship in the north-west of Ireland is a beautiful combiniation of stunning scenery, an active lifestyle and a chance to gain real practical experience in a business that you won't be just another face in.

 

Here's a bit about the North West...

This coastline encompasses the counties of Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo and some of Ireland’s most breath-taking scenery. Nothing is ordinary or sedate about this part of Ireland. Facing on to the great Atlantic Ocean the coastline, its towns and villages and most of all its people have been shaped by life on the wild edge of Europe. Epic scenery is packed into this small corner of the country from the rocky, rugged peninsulas of the northlands, the thrilling surf coast of exposed reefs and sheltered beaches, to the sheer sea cliffs with grassy green summits plummeting into the ocean. There are lots of ways to get out and explore this stunning scenery – in the water, on the water, walking through forests or hiking up mountains.
The people are an integral part of the area, offering colour, wit and a friendly word to visitors. The friendly word may even be in Gaelic which is the native tongue spoken in about one-third of county Donegal and other parts of the north-west area. The area is steeped in history and folklore. You can learn about the Flight of the Earls in the 1600s from the north coast or the impact of the Great Irish Famine in the 1800s or go very far back to 4,000 BC and see ancient settlements and gravestones.
The north-west is rural and far from the bright lights of the capital city Dublin. But it is in no way less exciting. There is a long-standing love of the arts and music with a constant hubbub of live music heard from local bars and clubs at weekends in towns dotted along the coast, many local drama festivals and generally a lively atmosphere around about the larger towns.
Spending time in this part of Ireland will give you a great opportunity to really get to know Ireland, the local culture and the people. Plus, in the case of county Donegal you can boast that you were in the location which National Geographic Traveller voted the coolest place in the world in 2017.

What Types of Internships Do We Offer?

Guaranteed Custom Internship Placement

At Irish Gap Year, we guarantee an internship placement to all participants, contingent upon acceptance onto the Irish Gap Year Internship Program. We work with you at a personal level to match you with an employer that best fits your interests and qualifications. By getting to know you, learning about your passions, academic background, career objectives and overall expectations for your experience abroad, we are able to place you in a work environment that will help you gain valuable work experience in Ireland.

Accommodation

We have a variety of accommodation options to suit every budget. We can offer host family accommodation or student shared accommodation. You will be within walking distance to public transportation and easy access to stores, pubs, and restaurants.

ACCOMMODATION 4 WEEKS 8 WEEKS  12 WEEKS
Host Family Accommodation, Half Board, Twin Room^ $ 7,150 $ 8,200 $ 9,250
Host Family Accommodation, Half Board, Single Room $ 7,250 $ 8,400 $ 9,550
Host Family Accommodation, Full Board, Twin Room^ $ 7,250 $ 8,400 $ 9,550
Host Family Accommodation, Full Board, Single Room $ 7,350 $ 8,650 $ 9,900
Host Family Shared Accommodation, shared with Owner or Occupier, Single Room * $ 6,950 $ 7,850 $ 8,750
Student Shared Accommodation, House / Apartment, Single Room * $ 7,450 $ 8,850 $ 10,250
Student Shared Accommodation, House / Apartment, Twin Room ^ $ 7,200 $ 8,300 $ 9,400

Above prices include full program and adventure costs.

Half Board: Breakfast & main evening meal. Full Board: Breakfast, packed lunch, main evening meal

* Subject to availability. ^ Not available for individuals

What's Included

IRISH GAP YEAR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM INCLUSIONS 4 WEEKS 8 WEEKS 12 WEEKS
Guaranteed internship placement yes yes yes
Dedicated program advisor for individual consultation yes yes yes
HOUSING      
Homestay accommodation with family yes yes yes
Furnished shared accommodation yes yes yes
ON-SITE PROGRAM INCLUSIONS      
24/7 Local emergency contact yes yes yes
Group orientation and welcome event yes yes yes
Local group meet ups yes yes yes
Group social events yes yes yes
ACTIVITY WEEKENDS AND DAY TRIPS      
Free Surf/SUP/Kayak lessons available yes yes yes
3 x Cultural day trips around Ireland yes yes yes
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS      
Visa processing support yes yes yes
Airport transfers to your accommodation yes yes yes
Certification of completion yes yes yes
Certificate of attendance from host company yes yes yes

 

Irish Gap Year Internship Program Process

6+ WEEKS BEFORE ARRIVAL
  • Online registration of interest in Internship Program
  • Completed Application form (placement preferences, arrival and departure dates, accommodation requirements)
  • Detailed Résumé and Letter of Motivation
BEFORE ARRIVAL
  • Skype interview with prospective intern
  • Skype interview with company
10% DEPOSIT REQUIRED UPON ACCEPTANCE ONTO INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
UPON ACCEPTANCE
  • Accommodation organised to suit your confirmed preference
  • Internship and accommodation details provided to you
  • Login provided to view accommodation
FULL PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING BALANCE FOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (90 DAYS PRIOR TO ARRIVAL)
ARRIVAL
  • Airport meet and greet and transfer to accommodation
  • Orientation session for living and working in Ireland
  • Public transport, maps and tourism info provided
IN IRELAND
  • Support and mentoring throughout internship
  • Social activities organised
  • Outdoor Activities provided
  • Assistance with work, study or general paperwork
DEPARTURE
  • Certification of Completion awarded to each intern
  • Certificate of attendance from host company
  • Europass mobility documentation

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