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Internship Orientation
After you arrive you will participate in a comprehensive orientation which includes the following topics:

  • Information about Irish cultural differences and the culture of work in Ireland.
  • Emphasis on the concept of an international internship as a learning process.
  • A clear explanation of each stage of the internship process, intern responsibilities, and requirements
  • Practical advice about transport, dress codes and conduct.

Placement Information DublinPlacement Notification
Students are notified of their placements shortly after arrival in Dublin and before the beginning date of the placement, barring circumstances beyond FIE’s control. Students are not informed of their placements until they are confirmed, and this can occur any time after arrival in Dublin and before the beginning of the placement.

While you won’t get to select your exact placement, students benefit from FIE’s years of experience in organizing internships for foreign undergraduates and guiding students to make the most of the experience. Only in exceptional circumstances will a placement be changed, and only after a thorough assessment of the situation by the FIE Team. If you would like to discuss your placement, please get in touch with a member of the FIE Team.

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Every student will face challenges in the Dublin internship, but the challenges will be different for each student. Maybe for you the challenge will be understanding the variety of local and international accents, especially over the phone; discovering an industry works differently than you anticipated and so tasks you expected to be readily available aren’t possible or navigating hidden cultural differences between you and your colleagues.

Whatever your challenge, the FIE Team is here to help you make the most of your experience and your placement. Get in touch with the team to schedule a meeting or drop by the office for further advice.

Participating in an internship placement can be a life-changing experience. While challenging at times, the rewards are plentiful and we hope that you will learn from this experience in many ways. You will develop new skills, increase your knowledge base and social awareness, and experience working in a new culture. This experience can help define your future goals and ambitions and provide you with a lifetime of memories.

Realities of Working in Dublin 
Learn more about working at your placement site on our Realities of Working in Dublin page.

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