Information for Host Companies

We’re very proud of our internship programmes. We use the experience and education of the students to match them with host companies so that both sides can benefit. Our interns gain practical experience and develop their skills, whilst the host company gains a dedicated, enthusiastic employee who wants to succeed in their sector.

The following is some useful information for host companies about our work and study internship programme:
 

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

Partnership International has been operating successfully in the work/study/travel sector for years. We make use of our wealth of experience to help create some of the most highly regarded programmes in the field. Our work begins when we receive applications for internships from students and graduates in Ireland and abroad through our network of international partner agencies. Our professional team then match each intern with a host company based on needs, skills and potential. We aim to provide the most added value for both the student and importantly the host company through the best placement of our candidates. The company itself incurs no cost by taking on an intern, but provides an opportunity for the individual to gain experience and develop their skills. At the same time the intern will contribute to the company’s general operations and provide a unique cultural exchange. Our professional service benefits the employer by removing all the administrative work normally associated with organising internships. We also provide full assistance to both the student and company throughout the placement and are on hand to provide help and advice at every stage.
 

WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?

Well for starters it’s not about gaining a coffee and photocopying drone for the office! An internship programme is built around bridging the gap between academia and business. It’s a chance for students or recent graduates to get practical experience in their chosen sector and for the company to gain the work ethic of a motivated and skilled student in return. Internships usually last for a set period of time and can be paid or unpaid. Interns are bound by the same rules as other workers though they typically work reduced hours. With students coming from abroad there will also be a cultural exchange which can be extremely beneficial to both parties, as well as the added benefit of gaining an employee with one or more foreign languages!
 

HOW THEY ARE FUNDED?

The majority of our interns are here on an EU-funded grant – typically Erasmus+. We act as a management agency for these projects and work directly with their home universities and organisations. We also work with privately funded students and training programmes. In general the student’s grant will cover their accommodation, the programme fees and their flights. In some cases it will cover cultural activities or provide some pocket money. It is important to note that the participants are still students and will not have a large amount of disposable income. Due to this fact we would ask all host companies to consider paying for, or subsidising the student’s transport and lunch costs.
 

WHY SHOULD I TAKE AN INTERN?

Internships are a fantastic opportunity for any business with benefits ranging from filling skills shortages, to gaining motivated help for a start-up venture. Host companies provide a real chance for someone to get a start in your sector, to learn new skills and to gain valuable experience. In return you will gain a dedicated employee who is eager to learn, ready to perform any task required and who can provide you with a new international viewpoint. Participating in an internship programme is equally beneficial from a corporate responsibility standpoint and can give your firm a boost in social capital and goodwill. Internships are also a great source of PR and can be an excellent way to grow knowledge of your brand internationally. Whatever your business, participating in an internship programme is guaranteed to add value!
 

CAN I TAKE MORE THAN ONE INTERN?

The short answer is yes. As long as you feel that your company has the resources and time available to ensure that the interns have enough stimulating work to do then there are no restrictions on the numbers you are allowed to recruit. We would however strongly recommend that two interns who share the same mother tongue should work in different sections as together they may not have a chance to develop their English skills as effectively.
 

HOW LONG IS THE INTERNSHIP PERIOD?

The internship period can vary from project to project. In general, most projects last for between one and three months. We do work with longer projects (6 months plus) however so if you are looking for extended term candidates don’t hesitate to contact us. Take note that some projects will require an English refresher course at the beginning of the placement. This is typically a week-long intensive course however the Partnership International project manager in charge of the group will inform you of this prior to acceptance of the candidate.
 

DO I NEED TO PAY THEM?

As a company, once you sign up to the programme you are under no obligation to pay anything to the intern for their work. The internship programme is about learning and development and not about financial gain. However we do not discourage companies who feel that a material reward is warranted for excellent work. In the case of non-EU citizens you will need to check with Partnership International before offering any payment as their visa status may not permit it.
 

WHAT ARE THE LEGALITIES?

Internship programmes are well established in most tertiary-level education establishments and are often an obligatory part of certain courses/degrees. Interns agree to volunteer in a professional work environment with the consent that they will receive no remuneration for their time. Host Companies Contact Us Today!They are generally insured by the programme they are on (in the case of Partnership International they are all insured) or by privately purchased insurance. All EU-based interns will also have a European Health Card. If it is required, interns working in sensitive environments can be asked to sign Confidentiality Agreements and Non-Disclosure documents. Once employed, interns are then bound by all company rules, regulations and procedures as any normal staff member. As a company you are under no obligation to keep the intern for the duration of their agreed placement should major issues arise. You must however follow the same disciplinary rules as you would a normal employee.

For further information please read our pages on ‘The Internship Process‘ and ‘About Our Interns‘.

If you’re ready to start hosting interns then please register your interest here and we’ll be in touch very soon!

  • 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.