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Our new Trinity Summer Internship Programme, led by the Trinity Careers Service, will launch in Summer 2021 and will run annually thereafter. This will provide summer internships that are available exclusively to Trinity students (undergraduates and postgraduates) sourced through our extensive alumni and industry networks.

While each internship is unique, all will include:

  • An internship experience, within Ireland or overseas, for one or more students that will be offered exclusively to Trinity students through this Programme
  • Full-time work (in-person and/or remote) for 2-12 weeks during the summer holiday period (end May – end August 2021)
  • Opportunity to work on a defined project, which creates real value for the host organisation, and provides a valuable learning experience for the student
  • Interaction with an assigned supervisor/mentor within the host organisation
  • Payment of a salary, stipend, or some assistance with travel or accommodation. Such payments must comply with relevant national minimum wage regulations (exceptions will be considered for certain sectors on a case-by-case basis)

Offer a Trinity Summer Internship

What are the key elements of a good summer internship project?

Challenging and engaging– projects must enable students to get really involved so they can invest themselves in the experience and apply their intellectual knowledge and creativity.

Genuine contribution – students must be in a position to make a positive and useful contribution to your organisation with tangible outcomes.

Learning and development opportunity – projects must offer students an opportunity for personal growth and the development of key attributes and skills such as:

  • Business Awareness
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Planning
  • Self-Management

Duration – project duration must be appropriate for the project being undertaken and can last between 2 and 12 weeks.

Location – all internships should ideally be in-person. However, we appreciate this may not always be possible. A remote internship will be considered if the project work is not reliant on a particular location and where working remotely will not negatively impact the project.

Why should I offer a summer internship?

Offering a summer internship as part of Trinity’s Summer Internship Programme will:

  • Support Trinity students to gain valuable work experience, to develop their employability skills and improve their career readiness
  • Inspire the next generation to work in your organisation/sector/country
  • Help to promote your organisation among Trinity students
  • Strengthen your links with Trinity

Our students are talented, curious, hard-working, and ambitious and can provide you and your organisation with creative input to deliver quality results.

What are the benefits to students?

Participating in this programme will help Trinity students to:

  • Develop their skills, enhance their career readiness, and build confidence in their abilities
  • Explore organisations/sectors/countries they might be interested in working in
  • Build their networks and make professional contacts for the future
  • Get valuable work and life experience

How does the Programme work?

  • As the host organisation, complete the Summer 2021 Internship Expression of Interest form and we will follow up with you.
  • Once approved by the Careers Service, your internship is advertised to Trinity students as part of the Trinity Summer Internship Programme on MyCareer, our online careers portal.
  • Students submit a one-page CV and a 500-word personal statement for the internship(s) they wish to apply for directly to the host organisation, in which they outline their suitability for the internship in question. They must also submit a signed Roles and Responsibilities document at this point.
  • The host organisation shortlists applications, conducts interviews, and notifies the successful student and the Careers Service
  • If they accept, the student undertakes the internship during Summer 2021
  • On completion, the student and host organisation review the effectiveness of the internship and provide feedback on their experience to the Careers Service

How do I offer an internship as part of this Programme?

Complete the Summer 2021 Internship Expression of Interest form and we will follow up with you.

In order to offer an internship you must:

  • Provide an accurate description of the internship project(s) offered, including details of the duties and skills required of the ideal candidate(s)
  • Confirm that the internship is only for Trinity students who apply through this programme. You can advertise other internship opportunities through the Careers Service but those internships advertised under this programme should be set aside for Trinity students only.
  • Indicate how selection interviews will be conducted, e.g. telephone, video, face-to-face
  • Confirm that the intern(s) will be provided with an appropriate work-space and/or equipment necessary to carry out the internship project work
  • Designate a point of contact within your organisation, who will discuss practical arrangements with the intern before their arrival, supervise the intern(s), and act as the primary contact for communications with Trinity
  • Provide the intern(s) with a salary, stipend, or some assistance with travel or accommodation, as agreed with the Careers Service prior to the start of the internship
  • Comply with local health and safety obligations in relation to the internship(s)
  • Provide assurance that your organisation’s insurance will cover potential liability that may arise from the internship(s)
  • If the intern will have to travel abroad for the internship, please advise where they can find relevant vaccination and visa information. Where necessary, confirm that you will sponsor the student for a visa covering the duration of the placement
  • Provide feedback to the Careers Service by evaluating the intern(s) at the end of the experience
  • Make any necessary and reasonable adjustments to accommodate interns in the case of disability or additional needs.

For further information contact us at alumni@tcd.ie (for Trinity alumni) or employer.careers@tcd.ie (for employers).

I would like to support student employability at Trinity but am not in a position to offer an internship

We aim to ensure that all opportunities under the Trinity Summer Internship Programme are affordable to all students who want to gain work experience regardless of their economic situation. Undertaking an internship can be costly for any student, particularly if it involves travel abroad or is in a sector where limited funding for internships is available, e.g. not for profit.

We understand that while you might not be in a position to offer an internship to a student, you may be interested in supporting students who are finding it financially difficult to take up an opportunity they have secured by contributing towards our Employability Bursary Fund. We welcome contributions at any level from individuals or companies and would be delighted to discuss the establishment of new employability-related scholarship schemes with you. All contributions received will be appropriately recognised. If you are in a position to offer free or subsidised access to training and conference events for students, we would also be interested in discussing this with you. Contact us at employer.careers@tcd.ie.

Pay guidance

We encourage all partner organisations to pay interns participating in this programme the going rate for their particular sector and country.

Private sector
In Ireland we expect private sector employers to comply with national minimum wage legislation. For employers based overseas, they must comply with relevant minimum wage legislation in their jurisdiction or should provide remuneration similar to equivalent entry level roles within the industry.

Not-for-profit organisations
We are aware that certain public bodies and charities have minimal budget to reimburse interns. Students who are successful on securing such internships through the programme can apply for a Trinity Employability Bursary to support them to take up their internship. Funds are allocated on a first-come first-served basis at the discretion of the Careers Services. In all cases we ask non-profit organisations for a contribution towards the internship, e.g. transport costs, accommodation, meal costs, etc.