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Irish Parliament Internship, Institute of Public Administration

Study Abroad Program Overview

Interested in enhancing your career in Politics? This highly-focused program will allow you the very unique opportunity to experience Irish politics and culture right from within its governing body, the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament).
By participating in an intensive internship with a member of the Irish parliament or with a nongovernmental organization, you will obtain a real-world perspective on Irish politics and learn how a parliamentary system of government functions. Supporting your internship experience, you will enroll in thought-provoking courses on Ireland's history, society, politics, and literature.
Courses are taught by lecturers at the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) which is part of the National University of Ireland system and is the national center for public sector or public service training in public administration and public management. The IPA building, where classes are held, is located in an attractive, tree-lined suburb of Dublin within easy reach of the Parliament and city center.
Dublin is the republic’s capital, the home of past and present writers of international stature, and the center of the island’s renewed economic growth. Dublin also affords easy access to the countryside, seashore, and mountains.
Local faculty and staff provide UC students with the preparation, training, and support to succeed in this program.


Interns will attend a mandatory UCEAP orientation in Dublin, which will cover important topics such as health, safety, and academics.  The UCEAP orientation is separate from the orientation, called an "induction," which the Institute of Public Administration will provide. The Irish Parliament requires the IPA to hold the induction.  Participation in both orientations is mandatory.
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Students attend classes with UC students only.

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Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
Early September to mid-December

Spring :  
Mid-January to mid-April








You will participate in a homestay with a local Irish family. Breakfast and dinner will be provided during the week, and on weekends you will receive lunch, but not breakfast and dinner. Other meals are your own responsibility; homestays are included in the UCEAP fees. Homestays are integral to the program and are required for all participants.

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Extracurricular Activities

Dublin is the cultural as well as the political capital of the Irish Republic. You are encouraged to take advantage of its theaters, including the world famous Abbey and the Peacock, the popular culture of the pubs, horse fairs, traditional folk festivals, the collections and lectures of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the National Museum and Library. You may also visit the various parts of the Republic and neighboring countries.

On-site Support

UCEAP programs in Ireland are overseen by the UCEAP Study Center in Edinburgh. UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UC and local staff abroad help students integrate into Irish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide​ for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.

Course Opportunities

This program has two components: the internship and academic courses.
Internship (7.5 UC quarter units/5 UC semester units): From Week 2 onwards, you will spend two days per week in Parliament. Based on your skills and past experience, you may be assigned research, report writing, drafting of press releases, or corresponding with constituents or organizations on local matters. (For more information, including assessment, see the Internships tab.)
Academic Courses (4.5 UC quarter units/3 UC semester units each): You will be enrolled in three upper division courses which are taken at the Institute of Public Administration:
  • Irish Society & Politics – An intensive course that runs in week 1. It covers contemporary issues in Irish Politics, Economy, Society and the European Union.
  • Modern Irish History – This course covers the major historical trends in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the 19th and 20th century.
  • Modern Irish Literature – The course covers key works by the major Irish writers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Students enroll in three courses plus the internship for a total of 21 UC quarter units (14 UC semester units). The internship can be taken for a letter grade or P/NP. If you take it P/NP, all other courses must be taken for a letter grade. If you take the internship for a letter grade, you may take one of the three courses P/NP.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:

Research and Independent Study

This is an internship program with related academic courses; additional internships, research, or independent study is not possible on this program.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Position with a member of the Irish parliament.

Setting Up Your Internship

  • You will submit information regarding your internship interests at the time of application.
  • Your internship acceptance/placement will be finalized prior to departure.

Additional Information 

  • Assessment: You are expected to keep a journal to reflect on your experience and learning. You also complete a research paper of 2,500-3,500 words on a topic that arises out of your internship and is agreed upon by the Program Director.
  • The internship is an officially authorized program working within the Irish Houses of Parliament: the Dail and the Senate. It is governed by the House Committee on Procedures and Privileges. Interns have the status of adjunct staff. Work in parliament is subject to conditions laid down by the Committee on Procedures and Privileges covering such matters as access to facilities, dress code, dealings with press and televised media etc.
  • You are part of a small staff: Irish parliamentarians commonly have a staff complement of just one or two. The nature of the work varies greatly but can be summarized as either administration or research. Typically you will undertake some combination of these research and administration tasks. Throughout the internship, you are required to give an account of progress to the program director.
  • The way you are introduced to the internship can vary. You may start work right away, be introduced in week two, or be given preparatory reading at the introductory session and then fully integrated into work at the beginning of week three.
  • You work for around 15-20 hours per week, for a minimum of two and a maximum of three days a week. You are sometimes asked to work in the Parliament office for two days and asked to do research for Committee work on legislative work on a third day at the IPA. The working day in the Parliament is usually 9:30/10:00 – 5:00/5:30.  Practice varies depending on the deputies’ distance from Dublin, committee workload, events in constituency etc. In some weeks there are late sittings either dealing with emergency issues or because of the need to clear backlog.  On such occasions you may be asked to stay longer. 
  • In addition to the internship, you are required to enroll in three courses for a total of 21 UC quarter units (14 semester units). See the Courses&Credit tab for more detail.

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Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • All pre-departure expenses related to visas
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • On-site Orientation
  • Books and other materials
  • Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the host institution.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: