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Once you have been accepted to the FIE Study and Internship Program, you will be provided with links to our online MyStudyAbroad@FIE portal. It is important to thoroughly read our Realities of Working in Dublin section before completing your internship materials.


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Step 1: Read the Materials Carefully

Proper preparation is key to your success in your internship. Make sure you have carefully read about the Realities of Working in Dublin and FIE Dublin Internship Areas so that you know what internships are typically available to students and so you can follow instructions closely. Your materials are your first opportunity to demonstrate your attitude and commitment to the FIE team, who will be organizing your placement on your behalf. Make a good first impression! Your care and attention to detail will help the FIE team present you as a strong candidate for potential internships in Dublin

Step 2: Select your Three Internship Placement Choices

Special Note ArrowTake a look through all of the available Dublin Industry Areas and select three areas of interest with which you have had significant experience or that relate to your academic studies. Potential internship placements are looking for students with professional or academic experience in the given area, or at a minimum, a demonstrated passion and desire to learn. Make sure you can justify each of your choices.

        An example of an internship choice selection:

    1. Business and Economics
    2. Accountancy and Finance
    3. Communications

        Here are two additional examples:

    1. Journalism and Media - Music Journalism
    2. Communications - PR
    3. Business and Economics – Entrepreneurial Companies
    1. Sports - Youth Clubs/Grassroots projects
    2. Education – Educational Programs
    3. Psychology

        Requesting the same industry – differing only by sub-area – is not permitted. Students must select three different main industry choices.

        The following would not be accepted:

First Second Third Industry Choices

    1. Sports - Sports Journalism
    2. Sports - Special Needs Athletes
    3. Sports - PR and Marketing

        We would recommend the student above change the choices to:

    1. Sports - Sports Journalism 
    2. IT & Multimedia – Graphic Design
    3. Communications – Marketing and PR

Step 3: Write your CV (résumé)

 Special Note Arrow  You will upload your CV to the MyStudyAbroad@FIE portal. Your CV must be in Word Document format.

A Curriculum Vitae, or CV, (known in America as a résumé) is Latin and literally means “the course of one’s life or career.” The purpose of a CV is to represent you, telling the reader what to expect and what you are hoping to achieve. A CV creates the all-important first impression and should persuade an organization to interview you. You may think that because this is an unpaid experience or because you might have participated in internship work in the past that organizations are not concerned about who you are but are just looking for “an extra pair of hands.” This could not be further from the truth. Placement organizations are looking for hard-working, motivated young people to actively participate in their work. Providing a placement for a student requires a commitment of valuable time and effort for site supervisors. Moreover, most organizations receive many inquiries for placements and are therefore selective.

The information contained in your CV must be presented in a clear, concise manner. Take into consideration:

It is important that your CV is targeted to your intended reader – in this instance, a prospective employer and the FIE Internship Team. It must be accurate, up-to-date and interesting. The reader is looking for relevant information. It is always tempting to compose a chronological account of your life to date but this is not necessary; organizations appreciate you are a full-time student and so do not expect you to have an extensive work background. The content of your CV will consist of your education, relevant work experience, interests, skills and placement objective. We recommend using the following sections to organize your CV.

It may take some time to create your CV, but this is the document that is going to secure your internship interview, so take the time to get it right. Ensure that someone proofreads your CV to check for any mistakes or typos before you submit it to FIE. Your campus Career Center may provide a service to help you develop your CV.

Take a look at these two samples of well-done CVs:

If you are struggling to craft your CV, why not use one of our templates (KennethCorinne) – just type over with your own information! (Note that students are not required to use our template.)

Step 4: Write your Personal Statement

 Special Note Arrow  You will upload your Personal Statement to the MyStudyAbroad@FIE portalYour Personal Statement must be in Word Document format.

A Personal Statement will accompany your CV and is designed to give the reader an insight into you, the type of person you are and your motivations and aspirations. It will introduce you and your CV to the reader long before they have the opportunity to meet you in person. Your personal statement is not an essay on why you want to come to Dublin but rather has a specific focus on the international internship, your goals, and your flexible approach to all three of your industry choices.

Your statement should be one page in length with single spacing or maximum 1.5 spacing. Though you should not feel constrained, we recommend the following structure:

    1. You should start by focusing on your professional goals and how work experience in Dublin will supplement them.
    2. Then, you should talk about your previous voluntary and professional experience and your academic studies, emphasizing what skills you could offer a professional employer.
    3. Your final paragraph should outline the industries you would like to work in as part of your placement in Dublin, pertaining to your three industry choices.

Take a look at these two samples of well-done personal statements, crafted to match to previous CV examples:


 Can I organize my own internship?

In our experience, the typical foreign undergraduate student will not be successful at organizing an internship on their own which is compatible with the specific requirements of the academic program. Even where opportunities are advertised, the company may be unable or unwilling to comply with, for example, the specific dates you are available to work. This is one of the great benefits of studying with FIE – we will organize the internship for you!

However, if you already have a strong personal network of contacts, it may be possible to organize your own internship instead of having FIE arrange the placement for you. If you would like to organize your own internship, you’ll need to email the FIE Dublin Resident Director before you submit your application. We’ll be able to advise you if your university permits students to organize their own internships and what the requirements are. 

If your home university permits this option, you will be given further information about the requirements (for example, if the placement were to fall through, you’d be responsible for organizing an alternative for yourself) and a specific deadline for confirming the placement. The deadline will be well before your departure date as we must vet the placement, including a visit to the offices where you will be working, a process which can take several months to complete. Please note it is never possible for a student to arrive in Dublin and then start trying to organize their own internship.

What happens next?

Take a look at our After you Arrive section.