APPLICATION & VISA PROCESS

So you’ve decided to apply for one of our programs? Let us be the first to say we think you’ve made a great decision! What next then? Well we anticipated that you might have some questions on the whole internship application process. The good news is that it’s very simple and we’re on hand throughout to help.

WHEN CAN I START?

Your Future Starts with UsGood question! The great news is that our programs are flexible and available year round. You can choose your own preferred start date and this will then be matched with the options available for you. You will however need to allow 2-4 months lead time so book early.

LEAD TIMES

There are lead times involved in all of our programs. They differ in time, though as a rule we ask applicants to allow 2-4 months for new projects. If you are applying for an existing vacancy this time may be more flexible.

LETTER OF MOTIVATION

It’s very important that we know what you want. The more you can tell us, the better we can match your internship, and the happier you will be! What we would like you to do then is to write a letter which outlines what you would like to get from the project, what skills you want to improve and what sector/s you would like to work in. Please include 3 distinct areas to work in e.g. financial services, Legal secretary, and Office admin and list them in order of preference. We will use your letter of motivation to get a better picture of you as a candidate and it will help inform our selection decisions.

STRAIGHT FORWARD APPLICATION PROCESS

Just submit an online application, send us your resume/CV and schedule a call to chat things through with one of our team members. If you decide to proceed with your application, we’ll require a deposit ($250) of the total program fee. If your visa is not approved we will refund your deposit in full but will withhold our booking deposit.

VISA PROCESS

When we receive your deposit, we will send you detailed instructions and a checklist for your visa application. Get this ready and send it to us to check through before submitting to the Consulate. The Consulate will then process the application and get back to you within 4 – 10 weeks.

When your visa has been approved. Partnership International invoice you for the program fee balance and ask for your housing preferences and arrival details. Then, we arrange your housing and insurance, making sure everything is ready for your arrival to Ireland. Please note: If your visa is not approved we will refund your deposit in full but will withhold our booking deposit.

WHAT PAPERWORK DO I NEED TO SUBMIT TO THE CONSULATE?

You will need to submit an application, your passport, 2 recent passport photographs, an up-to-date copy of your resume/CV, a bank statement reflecting that you have the equivalent of US$2,000 plus a return ticket (or $4,000), originals of any qualifications obtained or letter from school/college/university, and the Consulate fee ($337). PI will provide you with a detailed checklist and support throughout the visa application process

APPLICATION TIMELINES AND DATES

AbbyYou can apply as far in advance as you like, but please note that we will most likely only be able to confirm your internship placement, up to 4  months in advance of your arrival.

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.

Check out the FAQs page for further information but if you need to ask us anything else then don’t hesitate to contact us!

  • 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.