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A distinctive feature of the Master's (MPhil) is to offer students the option to do a work placement during the second half of the academic year as one of their 10-credit optional modules. The programme proposes a range of placements with partner institutions, NGOs, civil society organisations and corporations in Dublin. Past and/or current partner institutions include, among others, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), Science Gallery Dublin, Photo Museum Ireland, Belong To, Literature Ireland, Mother Tongues, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Amnesty International Ireland, Spirasi, Alliance française, etc. Although students are also free to find their own placement, all placements have to be approved in advance by the Course Director and Course Coordinator in order to be taken for credit as part of the programme. On the basis of their internship, students taking this option write a report applying theories of identity to practices at the internship institution. This report is then assessed by an academic staff member of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.

Internships on this programme are strictly unpaid and should normally take place between January and May. Please note that selecting the internship option does not in and of itself guarantee that the student will secure a placement (decisions regarding placements are made jointly with partner institutions). The internship option is only available to students on the MPhil.

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