THE INTERNSHIP PROCESS

1.  The Information

Company address, phone number, e-mail address will be required as standard, but we’ll also need to know what you are looking for in regards to potential interns. We need to know what sector they will be working in and a basic outline of the work tasks they are likely to perform. Ideally having a designated staff member to work with us on the internship program would make the process much more streamlined. Often companies will assign this to someone in HR or the operations manager may take the lead. Sending through the direct contact details of this staff member would also be extremely useful in order to maintain direct contact.
 

PaulLeft2.  The Requirements

We know that in modern business getting the right candidate for the right position is hugely important. To help us make sure that we get a great match between our intern and your company we will need to know whether you have any specific requirements. This could be as simple as wanting a good level of English, or as detailed as needing knowledge of specific software. The majority of our students are of graduate level, and many have some previous work experience. It is important to remember that they are still learning and some will be finishing their studies. As such you will need to be realistic with your requirements to reflect this.
 

3.  The Matching Stage

Our professional team will take all the information you have given us with regards to your requirements and the positions/sectors you have available. They will then search through our incoming student database and select the best matched candidates for your company. You will then be sent CVs and placement for any students we feel would be a great fit for your needs. We will outline the length of the internship required and also provide you with information on being a host company. You can of course reject candidates at this stage, however we do ask that in making a decision to take on a candidate or not, that you keep in close contact with our team and respond as quickly as possible so student deadlines are met.
 

4.  The Meet

There is no obligation to meet with or interview a candidate before they start work with you. All their information will have been communicated to you beforehand by a Partnership International staff member and this is often enough for many companies. However if you require a meeting/interview with the candidate before committing to their placement we fully understand and can arrange one. Normally the participants don’t arrive in the country until very close to their start date so we would recommend allowing us to arrange a Skype or telephone interview pre-arrival if you require one. If you do need to see the candidate face-to-face then you can arrange to take them on provisionally and we will organize an initial meeting when they arrive in the country. The intern will then be accompanied to the meeting by one of our dedicated staff members to show them how to get to your place of business and to help provide any additional information that may be required.
 

5.  The Start

Congratulations! You have just confirmed to us that you would like to take on one of our interns, and we couldn’t be happier for you! Once we receive confirmation from you we will send through the host company terms & conditions and any other information pertinent to the placement. At this stage if you have any company rules and regulations, a dress code or a program you want the intern to be aware of, then please send them through to the Partnership International project manager who made contact with you. You will then be contacted by our team to organize a start time for the interns first day. They will be brought to your place of business by a Partnership International project manager which will give you a chance to ask any last minute questions you may have!
  

6.  The Placement

So everything is going fantastically, and the intern is working out amazingly right? Of course! Just in case though we will check up regularly with you during the placement to ensure everything is working out and that all parties are happy with the arrangement. We do our best to match the intern to your requirements in the selection process and make sure that the interns are fully aware of their own commitment before starting work. It’s extremely rare that there are issues, but if they do arise, no matter how small do let us know and we can discuss them with you, and if necessary the intern. The intern is bound by the same rules and codes of conduct as any other employee, and whilst there may be some leniency if there are issues they must be dealt with properly. You are under no obligation to keep the intern on for the duration of the period if serious concerns do arise and we’re on hand throughout to provide advice and help with any difficulties.
 

7.  The End

Call us on +353 21 425 1765When the internship is coming to an end there may be some documentation that requires a signature from the intern’s supervisor or the manager/owner of the company. We will provide these forms for you with the areas clearly marked. Some projects may also require a certificate from the company – often simply a document on headed paper outlining the period of internship at the company. We can help by sending you examples of these if needs be. Finally, whilst you are under no obligation to give one, some interns may request a reference. It is entirely up to you to decide whether to give one, but we would suggest that if their work has been of a high quality then you may want to give a reference as it could significantly boost the intern’s chances of gaining work and starting a career.

For further information please read our pages on ‘Information for Host Companies‘ and ‘About Our Interns‘.

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  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Steph

    (Berlin, Germany)

    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Aneta

    (Czech Republic)

    Ireland is an absolutely nice country, people are very kind and friendly, the nature is beautiful even if the weather is not as good as you’d expect. I lived in the city of Cork. It’s not so big but it’s really nice and you cannot get lost there.

    I got this opportunity thanks to Partnership International. I worked in Cork for a month and I can say it was the best practical training which I ever had.

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier

    (Spain)

    I really liked doing an internship in Cork for 3 months. In fact, I’m going to stay here another 3 months (the company where I did the internship hired me!). The city is nice and everybody is very kind, friendly and open-minded. The worst for me, as Spanish, is the weather and the prices. My English is improving a lot and I travelled around this awesome island, so I think as a vital experience it was perfect. I’ve made a great decision taking this internship with Partnership International, the welcome was excellent as was the company where I did my internship.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.