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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Dublin, Ireland - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Dublin, Ireland. On this program, you will:

    Undertake a professional internship in the field of your choice and immerse yourself in one of the greatest global tech hubs!
    Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course that allows you to dig deeper into your experience abroad/that allows you to reflect on your experience abroad
    Learn about Irish culture and history through an on-site course taught by University College Dublin faculty, Ireland’s largest university
    Live with other program participants in international student housing at University College Dublin located in the Belfield neighborhood that has a college-town vibe!

    "I love the immersion in a completely new culture and seeing what work, social, and local life is like from this new cultural perspective. It was amazing to experience a new country from a local's point of view, as a 'worker' in Ireland. You get a more intimate and deeper look at what things are like in the international workforce."

    Program Location: Dublin is the vibrant and youthful capital of the Republic of Ireland. Dublin is one of the world’s tech hubs and is a young person’s dream city as 50% of its population is less than 25 years old. The capital is a rich cultural site filled with art, unique Irish architecture and historical cafes and pubs; it is even one of six UNESCO cities of literature! Dublin is a city of opportunity whether it be working for a global tech company or hiking the Cliffs of Moher on the weekend. Apply to Global Internships in Dublin and see what Dublin can offer you!

    —Dublin participant


    • Dublin: June 15 – August 8, 2020

    • Online Course: June 8 – August 14, 2020

    Dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • IAS 196: History, Memory, and Imagination in Irish Literature and Culture (3 units)

    AND your choice of:

    • UGBA W155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (3 units)

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will live in University of College Dublin apartment-style accommodations. 
    • Students will have access to a single room with a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be assigned to apartments with other program participants. Please note that there are gender-inclusive rooming options available for this program. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.


    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application


    • Application opens January 15, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020

  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.

    On-site Course
    Course: International and Area Studies 196
    Title: History, Memory, and Imagination in Irish Literature and Culture
    Dates: June 15- August 8, 2020
    InstructorGraham Price, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This interdisciplinary course will examine the varying, and often contradictory, the narration of Ireland's "national tale" and the various mediums that have conveyed this tale through the centuries. The course of Irish history is full of invasions and eventual integration of the various invaders in the fabric of national identity. However, Ireland's relationship with its nearest neighbors has not been so simple.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Your choice of one of these two online courses:

    Online Course

    Option 1
    : Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world examples for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2: 
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158 
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. We hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    Option 3:
    Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155 
    Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment 
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020 
    Instructor: TBD 
    Units: 3 units 
    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will explore the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead. The purpose of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in various organizational settings. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.


    Global Internships staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.



    Graham Price, Ph.D.
    IAS 196: History, Memory, and Imagination in Irish Literature and Culture

    Dr. Graham Price is a teacher in the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College, Dublin, and at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He completed a doctoral dissertation at UCD on the influence of Oscar Wilde on twentieth-century Irish authors. Dr. Price has published articles and written reviews on Oscar Wilde, and his main research interests are Oscar Wilde, Irish fiction in English, Gothic fiction, queer theory, and theoretical conceptions of the dandy.


    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman, 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America. Prior to his current appointment with Berkeley, Dr. Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.


    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship
    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is an Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of the Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.

    Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular, Dutch colonial history and literature.

  • Internship

    The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in Dublin are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Research software tools to automate requisition approvals and sales commission calculations and do ad-hoc work to support the CFO and Financial Controller
    • Assist Art Studio Manager by developing creative spaces, exhibition tenancies, and residencies for clients including local artists and film and TV companies
    • Build new websites and work on search engine optimization
    • Implement a digital marketing and sales strategy and recruit a team of national sales executives
    • Research epidemiology of body image and other mental health issues that affect youth

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year by such factors as market trends, time of year, and the economy. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    Business & Industry
    Financial Services
    Hotels & Tourism
    Human Resources
    IT & Telecom
    Public Relations

    Media, Arts & Literature 
    Art Galleries
    Broadcast News (Radio & TV)
    Dance Companies
    Digital Media
    Literary Journals

    Adolescent Outreach
    Adult Education
    Children's Cultural Centers Educational Policy
    Youth Advocacy


    Healthcare, Psychology & Social Services
    AIDS Awareness
    Homeless Shelters
    Human Rights
    Refugee Information Services Rehabilitation Clinics

    Law & Politics
    Advocacy Groups & NGOs
    Criminal & Civil Law
    Electoral Issues
    Members of Parliament
    Political Parties
    Think Tanks


    Some challenging internship fields to place in Dublin are:

    Accounting – alternate placement in accounting in a business, hospital, or hotel
    Architecture and Interior Design – alternate placement in graphic design or art gallery
    Clinical Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy – alternate placements in NGO and non-profit sector
    Embassy Work/International Affairs – alternate placement in nonprofits
    Engineering – alternate placement in computer engineering or civil engineering but placements are very limited
    Fashion – alternate placement in retail merchandising but placements are limited
    Film/TV – alternate placement in post-production studios and casting and agent work
    Green Energy – alternate placement in an environmental NGO
    Law Enforcement – alternate placement in legal offices or advice centers
    Pharmaceuticals – alternate placement in university research facilities
    Psychology (Counseling Placements) & Health Care – alternate placement in NGOs working with mental health awareness, help lines, social work, and research
    Radio – alternate placement in post-production studios
    Science Research – alternate placements with NGOs doing health and social care/education
    Sports – alternate placement in sports club PR or accounting
    Supply Chain Management – alternate placements in business and marketing


  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $3,651 $3,651
    Total Cost $6,165 $6,951

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.


    Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare & Transportation $1,376
    Additional Meals $784
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,627

    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses


    It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing, including a single room in an apartment at the University College Dublin with a shared kitchen, living room, bathroom, and access to laundry facilities
    • Excursions including entry fees to local museums, historic sites, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to the city of Dublin, the University College Dublin campus, Irish work culture, etc.
    • Travel insurance, including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for placement services
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee.

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.


    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional Meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship

  • Timeline
    Application opens January 15, 2020
    Application closes February 17, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2020
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Dublin Global Internships team* March 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Dublin April-June 2020
    Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Arrive in Dublin June 15, 2020
    Online course ends August 14, 2020
    Last day of program August 8, 2020

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
    All dates are subject to change.