The Internship

How long is the internship?

Internship lengths vary according to your preferred dates, as well as the preferences of the host organization. The average time-frame is 2 – 3 months.

How long can I stay?

We 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 contact us for visa requirement information.

ChrisLeftWill I be interviewed? 

Selected programme candidates can be interviewed via Skype or telephone prior to departure to Ireland.

Am I guaranteed an internship placement?

No, internship positions are offered based on individual company requirements, availability, and candidate’s suitability for positions available. Partnership International does not guarantee placement offers, but if you are flexible and realistic in your expectations, we can help to give you the best chance of receiving internship offers.

Are internships paid?

No, due to visa restrictions, all internships are unpaid.

Are internships full-time?

Yes, in most cases you will be working full-time in line with the organization’s working hours, e.g. Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00.

What type of work will I do? 

This depends entirely on the needs of your company, and your educational background, experience 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.

What kind of internships can Partnership International arrange?

With such an extensive network, and our love of a challenge, we pride ourselves on being able to find internships in practically any area. Try us!

What happens if my internship doesn’t work out?

We will first want to understand what the problem is, and try to work with you and your internship supervisor to resolve it. Every case is unique and if there really is no solution, then we will find you an alternative placement.

Can I receive academic credits for my internship?

Yes, however this is up to you to arrange with your university. We do not issue credits, but we can make sure that your internship meets your university’s requirements.

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.

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The learn more about the internship program check out the FAQs, price information and the application and visa page. If you need to know anything then get in touch with 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


    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.