|Spring 2018 – Semester + Internship (Maynooth University)||click here for dates||click here for price|
ASA students applying for the Spring semester program at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland, have the option to extend their semester by participating in a summer internship or service learning project. The internship or service learning project will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Spring semester and will last for 4 weeks. This is available only as an “add-on” to our Spring semester program at Maynooth University; it is not available as a stand-alone option or during Fall semester.
All internships and service learning projects are unpaid, not for credit, and consist of 40 work hours per week for 4 weeks (total of approximately 160 work hours).
Internships and Service Learning Projects in Dublin, Ireland
If you are applying for the ASA Spring semester program at Maynooth University in Dublin, Ireland, you may opt to extend your semester and gain valuable work experience by participating in a summer internship or service learning project. The internship or service learning project will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Spring semester and will last for 4 weeks. During the 4 weeks, students will work full-time Monday through Friday and complete 40 work hours per week.
On-campus residence hall housing in a single room with shared kitchen is included, as well as a 4-week train/bus pass for commuting to and from your placement. Your placement will be located no more than a 40-minute commute from Maynooth University by train or bus. No additional visa is necessary in order to participate!
Spaces are limited – only about 20 students will be selected for an internship or service learning project.
Please note that this is not available as a stand-alone option. It is only offered as an optional add-on for students who study abroad with ASA at Maynooth University during the Spring semester. For pricing, please click here.
In what kinds of fields are placements available?
Internships are available in the following areas:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Service Learning Projects are available in the following areas:
- Youth Service – Work with at-risk children or after-school groups
- Animal Care – Work in animal shelters or stables
- Community Outreach – Work with community centers and public bodies
- Elderly Support – Work with nursing homes and community carers
We recommend that applicants have at least 2 areas of interest in mind, in case your top choice area isn’t available.
The Application and Placement Process
- Your reasons for wanting to participate in an internship or service learning project
- How an internship or service learning project could support your future career goals
- Any relevant experience you have to your areas of interest (e.g. previous study, work, or volunteer experience)
- Why you would be a good candidate for an internship
- The specific areas you are interested in, chosen from the lists above (e.g. Business, Youth Service, etc.)
- Statement of Intent should not exceed 500 words.
This is a competitive selection process, and there are limited places available (approximately 20 total). Your Statement of Intent will be a determining factor in your acceptance to the internship or service learning project, so please take it seriously and invest some time and effort into writing it.
You will find out if you are accepted for an internship or service learning project within a few weeks after being accepted to the ASA study abroad program at Maynooth University, which will allow you to book flights accordingly.
What to Expect in your Internship
An internship is an opportunity to gain experience in the field in which you wish to have a career. It is also a great opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in your classes and gain networking contacts. That said, it is extremely important that all internship applicants remain FLEXIBLE in their expectations with regard to the type of company or organization you will work for, as well as the type of work you will do. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee you a placement at any particular firm or organization, and we cannot guarantee a placement in your #1 area of interest. The more flexible you are in your expectations, the better your outcome will be!
IMPORTANT: Interns should expect to have a busy schedule during their 4-week assignment and must not expect to have days off for personal travel. Your internship or service learning project will be full-time (Mon-Fri) for 8 hours per day, with one hour for lunch.
You will participate in a mandatory orientation session before starting your internship, which will cover all the information you need in order to have a successful placement. During your 4-week assignment, you will have support staff available to you at Maynooth University, who you can contact at any time if you have any questions or issues. At the conclusion of your assignment, your supervisor will provide a final report about your job performance and progress.
Finally, if you commit to an internship or service learning project, please be aware that that commitment must be taken seriously, as the company or organization hiring you is making a significant investment of their time and resources in you. You will be expected to complete your internship assignment for the full 4 weeks, be present for all work hours requested of you, and put forth your best effort while working there. Don’t worry – you will have support available to you throughout your placement to help you understand what is expected of you, address any doubts or concerns, and help you have a successful internship assignment!