Frequently Asked Questions

Call us on +353 21 425 1765How long is the internship?

2 weeks to 6 months depending on your requirements.

What about accommodation?

Accommodation can be offered in self-catering houses/apartments or in host families. If you prefer hostels, hotels or holiday apartments, Partnership International can arrange this.

Will I be interviewed?

Selected programme candidates can be interviewed via Skype or telephone prior to departure to your chosen country.

What type of work will I do?

This depends entirely on the needs of your company, and your educational background, experience in your chosen work sector, language skills and level of motivation/flexibility. Remember that this is an internship for candidates seeking to gain new skills and knowledge. Whilst you may want a management position in the future, this will not be possible on an internship. You are there to
learn and develop your skills and should be given work which will enable you to do this.

Will I be paid?

Unless otherwise stated, internships are un-paid.

Do I need to learn a language?

It depends on what country you wish to work in and what the needs of the host company are. Some host companies will require a working knowledge of your chosen country’s language, others (generally Multinationals or SME’s looking to expand internationally) will not. If you have a preference for working in a company where you can use language skills this can be arranged. If you want to work in a country which does not use your mother tongue then we recommend a pre-work language course. This will give you a chance to brush up on your skills, settle into your new city and learn about the local culture. Partnership International can organise these courses for all ability ranges.

What if I don’t like the company?

RoisinLeftThe staff at Partnership International work extremely hard to place you with the right company. You are however entitled to change employment once. However we would require a full written report from you detailing why you want to change. We would also require a report from your host company before making a decision.

Can I be fired?

Even though you are an intern, you are bound by the same company rules as all other employees. You will be expected to be on time, carry out the tasks given to you, be professionally dressed and have a respectful and courteous attitude as you would in any job. Host companies accept candidates in good faith and require you to be committed to the internship. If you cannot uphold the rules then you can be fired. However we do strive to work out any problems between you and the company before it gets to this stage.

Who is eligible?

University students or recent graduates from U.S.A

Are there specific application dates?

No we offer internship programs all year round

How long can I stay?

Partnership International recommend a minimum stay of 6 weeks to get the most from the experience. 90 days is the maximum stay allowed in Ireland without applying for a visa. For stays over 90 days, ask us about visa requirements.

If you have any more questions please feel free to contact us or complete our online form and we’ll be happy to answer any of your enquiries.

  • 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


    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.