Internships for international students in Ireland
Similar to our Voluntary Work Placement programs, Language Xchange Ireland also offers internship or traineeships programs. Whilst Voluntary Work Placement programs are typically 2 to 4 weeks in duration, internships are designed for people, generally 17 years old upwards, wishing to undertake a work placement of 4 weeks or longer. These programs are suited to people with very high levels of motivation and maturity who are willing to fully engage in the work environment in order to gain maximum benefit from the experience. Traineeships are funded by the European Commission - World For Youth.
Our Internship Programs are based on the same multi-tiered structure as all Language Xchange Ireland programs, consisting of five core elements:
- Free 45 hrs E-Learning Package prior to arriving in Ireland
- Internship / Traineeship
- Irish Host Family for duration of stay in Ireland
- Access to local social events
- A Cultural Tour
Although Internship Work Placements are voluntary, we strongly encourage work placement providers to pay an allowance to students who are placed with them for more than 6 weeks duration, to assist with day-to-day costs during the remaining weeks of placement.
Ireland - the best quality of life in the world:
In 2005, a study conducted by The Economist found that the Republic of Ireland had the best quality of life in the world. From 1995 to 2007, Ireland went through a period of high economic growth giving the country the title of the "Celtic Tiger." Recently, Ireland was hit by the 2008 global recession. However, the country is well on its way to recovery as its ranking as the fifth wealthiest in the OECD-28 clearly shows.
An economy that is on the fast track to recovery is just one of the reasons Ireland makes for a great place for internships abroad. Among the other reasons: the rich cultural history, the active nightlife, the friendly residents, the tradition of Irish pubs, the country's passion for sports, and all the famous faces to have come from Ireland - Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell, Gabrial Byrne, Bono, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to name a few. Given all the above-mentioned reasons, it's no wonder Ireland receives 6.4 million foreign tourists every year. There's also no doubt that interning in Ireland is worth experiencing for everyone!
As with all Language Xchange Ireland programs, our aim is to provide an experience that is exciting, rewarding and fun!