Students participate in two weeks of coursework and six weeks of internship work during the program. All students register for the Academic Internship Project module (Ireland's International Business Environment) and then have the choice of three other courses: Responsible Management and Society, Global Finance, or Digital Marketing Communication. Each course is 3 credits, totaling 6 credits earned.
Placements are at leading Irish companies, ranging from small to medium enterprises, private companies, voluntary organizations, and multinationals. UCD’s partner firms vary from year to year, but have included KPMG, Bank of Ireland, The Irish Times, the Irish Cancer Society, and many more.
Placements are determined by the areas of interest students select on their application to the program, a Skype interview with the UCD Internship Manager, employment history, grades, and relevant skills. Fields include finance, accountancy, marketing, sales, human resources, data analysis, business development, communications and more. For further details on internship placements click here
Students stay on campus in Belfield, UCD and are required to commute to their workplace by public transit. Many placements are in the city center of Dublin, requiring a 30-40 minute commute in rush hour traffic. Students are expected to work at least 32 hours per week, Monday through Thursday.