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Quinn School of Business Internship, University College Dublin

- Summer

 
This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
 
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Academic Information

 
Program Overview
The program provides a challenging international work experience in a uniquely stimulating location – the modern European city of Dublin. The rich culture of Dublin experienced through the lens of an internship offers students the opportunity to integrate into Irish life. Students benefit greatly by fine-tuning their communication skills and developing practical professional skills. Placements are in prestigious Irish and international companies in varied industry sectors, in addition to smaller innovative organizations and small firms. Part of the thrill of an internship abroad will be discovering the cultural differences that lie between you and your co-workers, and how you relate to each other.  You will hopefully return with new perspectives and new ideas about how to negotiate in cross-cultural situations.
 
During the eight-week program, you will study two modules: the Core Internship module (including a six-week internship placement) plus one other elective module chosen from three tracks: (1) Irish History, (2) International Business: Doing Business in Ireland, and (3) Business Analytics. The Program Manager will hold a telephone interview in April with each applicant, a unique service designed to discuss your personal priorities and internship placement preferences. 
 
Week 1 will be an orientation and study of the track module you have chosen. Weeks 2-7 will be your internship (Monday – Thursday, approximately 32 hours per week) plus a half-day class on Friday. Week 8 will be your presentation of a research paper at the Quinn School of Business and assessment by UCD.
Academic Culture
UCD Quinn School of Business strongly believes that a business education is not just about reading books and memorizing information: it's about learning and experiencing how business operates in the real world; about studying together, learning from each other and inspiring each other; and about technology and understanding its place in the real world of business.
 
Small classroom environments enable you to interact and participate in learning, and rather than having a straightforward lecture, class participation encourages learning and improves your communication skills. Outside the classroom, you work in small groups  to complete projects as part of your course work. All these interactions encourage you to simulate real-life business scenarios, make presentations, conduct research, analyze theories, test your decision-making abilities, and then observe the consequences of your decisions.
 
The Quinn School of Business is also well-known for its commitment to a focus on e-learning, which immerses students in the technology of today’s business world. E-learning tools you might become familiar with include, for example, discussion boards, Wikis, online tests, online learning journals, business simulation tools, and group collaboration.
 
Course Information
 
Course Opportunities:
The summer session is an eight-week program consisting of a Core Internship module - including the internship placement - and an elective module.
 
I. Core Internship Module: 
The purpose of this course is to equip you with knowledge and skills to cultivate entrepreneurial orientation. Your internship organization provides an excellent opportunity to begin viewing the workplace from an entrepreneurial lens. Thus, your major project is to identify and appraise the viability of an entrepreneurial opportunity for your internship organization. That opportunity could be to introduce an existing product into a new market, develop a new product for an existing market, create a new distribution channel, or enter an international market. Your work on this project will be supported through a series of readings, mini lectures, and class discussions. About seventy percent of your final module assessment will be based on a final presentation and report.
 
Internship Placement:
For six weeks, you will be placed at a leading Irish company. Placements are in prestigious Irish and International companies in varied industry sectors, in addition to smaller innovative organizations and small firms. From business to the arts, the internship team can provide a broad spectrum of intellectually engaging internships based on any field of interest, internship goals, and skills. The following is a selection of some of the industries available:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Business, Finance and Economics
  • International Studies, International Relations
  • Health Services and Social Issues
  • Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising
  • Recreation, Leisure and Hospitality
 
II. Elective Module:
You will study one of the three elective modules available: 

 

1. Irish History – From Union to Bailout

This course examines the forces that shaped the economic and social development of Ireland since 1800. It examines the Act of Union, a controversial political and economic solution to a decade of turmoil when all shades of Irish political life became activated leading to a violent rebellion in 1798. The course also looks closely at the Great Irish Famine and considers the British response to alleviating the effects of the catastrophe.

 

2. International Business: Doing Business in Ireland

This module is an elective International Business module with the geographical focus being Ireland. It provides contextual information on the Irish business environment in general and, in particular, on Ireland as a successful location for international business. The key factors pertaining to international business in Ireland will be examined: political economy, culture, and ethics; the Irish economy and enterprise system; cross-border trade and investment; and the international monetary system and the Euro.

 

3. Business Analytics Finance Project

This course is designed to give students hands-on training and experience in the use of the Bloomberg® financial information system. In addition to giving students a professional qualification, the course will give an appreciation of the quantitative approaches used in choosing and managing investments in a range of products. Further, this work gives students a practical perspective on the use of large-scale data in modeling and forming business decisions.
This course is intended for students of finance and business in general. It would be helpful to have completed a course in business statistics or business data analysis, but students without these courses should be able to complete the course without difficulty.

 
Units:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. The program consists of an internship module (4.5 UC quarter units) and an accompanying elective module (4.5 UC quarter units) for a total of 9 UC quarter units. The P/NP grading option is not available for this program.
 
 
Course Registration:
You pre-register for courses at University College Dublin (UCD) prior to the start of the program. Once you are registered for both your core course and elective module, you will have access to UCD's blackboard which is an online learning support tool which gives you access to class notes and readings. Pre-arrival readings will be issued to you two weeks prior to the commencement of class. The readings usually consist of online pdf documents which are available online via blackboard and via the UCD library. Once you have pre-registered for classes, there will be a very limited time frame in which you can change your registration upon arrival. Further details regarding this will be issued.
 
UCEAP course registration:
You will receive detailed instructions on how to enter your courses into your MyEAP Registration Study List. It's critical that you read and respond to all instructions regarding the registration process. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. Note:  MyEAP uses UC quarter units exclusively (even for semester campus students).
 
Extending UCEAP Participation
Extension is not possible in this program. However, you can participate in back-to-back programs if you submit a separate application to a fall program. Check the calendar dates of both programs before application and also find out the timing and location to get a visa for the second program.
 
Cultural Awareness
Educate Yourself
 
Adjusting to Irish Culture
 
Social Conduct
 
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation

The internship begins in early June and will conflict with some UC calendars.  Not all UC students will be able to participate.  Check both your UC calendar and the Quinn School of Business calendar before applying.  No late arrivals are allowed.
 
 
Travel Planning
Travel to Your Host Country
 
Travel Documents
Second Step: Within 30 days of your arrival in Ireland, you will need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The International Office at your university will have detailed information for you. You will need to show the GNIB all the same original documents you showed upon arrival to Irish immigration. You will also need to present your student identification card from your university, proof of residence, and a credit card to pay the €300 immigration fee. The UCEAP Participation Letter from UCEAP that you show to Irish immigration upon arrival also contains the proof of insurance required by the GNIB. You can print out an insurance card from the UCEAP website and attach it to the letter. In addition, the GNIB requires you open a bank account in Ireland before registering with them. At time of publication, semester students need to deposit €2000 and year students need to deposit €3000. These amounts are subject to change. Different rules apply to financial aid students (see the Entry Clearance instructions in the UCEAP Predeparture Checklist).
 
Packing Tips
 
 
Storage While Traveling
 
Return Travel
 
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
 
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
 

 

Handling Money Abroad
 
 
 
 
Communications Abroad

 
Internet Access
 
Phones
 
Mail & Shipments
 
 
Housing & Meals
General Information
You can choose to live in University College Dublin dormitories or in any other housing, either in Belfield or Dublin. Most students live in Dublin where most of the internships are located. You are responsible to make your own housing reservation and payment. The Quinn School of Business Study Abroad Program Manager will assist with information on off-campus housing.
 
 
 
Know Before Choosing Housing
 
How to Secure Your Housing
 
Daily Life Abroad
Local Transportation
 
Extracurricular Activities
 
The internship is enriched with multiple excursions such as the Wicklow mountain walk, castle tour, Irish dance, weekend trip to the west of the country, even horse or greyhound racing.  One excursion would be to a GAA match.  The Gaelic Athletic Association promotes traditional Irish sports such as hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, handball, and rounders.  Hurling is a prehistoric sport, being played in Ireland for at least 3000 years.  Camogie is a women’s team sport similar to hurling.
 
Students with Disabilities
 
Travel Sign-out Form
 
The UCEAP student budget does not include funds for recreational travel abroad.
Working
 
Insurance
UCEAP Insurance
 
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
 
Physical Health
​Recognize that your behaviors have a significant impact on your wellness.  Observe healthy habits, as follows:
 
  • ​Eat a balanced diet
  • Stay hydrated: Drink water
  • Avoid negative health behaviors (excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, etc.)
  • Do not skip on sleep
  • Maintain a positive outlook
  • Excercise
If you feel sick or have a medical emergency, seek medical attention and contact the Study Center immediately.  The Study Center can provide advice about the Irish health system, the UCEAP insurance claims process, and help if extended absence from class is expected.
 
For information about the UCEAP insurance coverage, refer to the Insurance chapter of the UCEAP Guide to Study Abroad. 
Prescription Medication
 
Mental Health
 
Health Risks
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
 
Crime & Prevention
 
Civil Unrest
​Protests and small demonstrations do occur but with no violence. Irish police presence at these events is generally adequate, although Americans are encouraged to avoid areas where protests are taking place.
Traffic & Transportation Safety
 
UCEAP Contingency Planning
 
Fire Safety
 
In An Emergency
 
 
 
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