The Tourism Operations internship program in Dublin offers flexible, short-term experiences. Interns can expect to spend time at the tourism agency’s office in Dublin, in addition to joining full-day tour excursions to provide constructive feedback.
Full-day tour excursions, if attended during the internship, usually require an early morning start. Extra opportunities include social media marketing and blog writing.
Interns who select a short duration for this program (such as just 2 weeks, which is the minimum commitment) can expect their internship to be of an introductory nature. Interns who have a longer internship will have increased scope to become more involved with diverse aspects of the company, such as activities related to marketing and sales, social media, digital design, customer service (etc).
It is important to note that Tourism Operations interns are accommodated in a city center apartment/residence instead of with a host family. The central location of this accommodation is ideal for commuting to Tourism Operations internship placements within the central city area, especially as early starts can often be required (if assisting with tour excursions, which have an early departure time). Accommodation is also close to public transportation routes, as well as shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment, parks, and other attractions.
|“My internship involves me being a secret shopper, where they send me to the Cliffs of Moher, or Galway, or Wicklow - a whole bunch of places - and I would have to rate the tours after they were over, compile the details, and present back to the company. I learned about marketing and how to run social media websites for a tourist company. What I enjoyed most about my time in Ireland was working for a tourism company and learning the ins and outs of it and then feeling confident afterwards, knowing that I could work for a company in Ireland, get used to the culture, get used to being in this type of work environment and feel confident about it. The boss will make you feel comfortable and that’s what made this entire trip with it.” - Kenneth Sitkowski, USA|
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How to intern
Internships in Dublin begin every Monday and interns may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. (Exceptions to start date availability may occur when start dates are closed due to public holiday disruptions or if the program has already reached capacity).
Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays. All participants fly into Dublin Airport (DUB), in order to receive their airport pick up and be transported to the accommodation by a pre-arranged driver.
Upon arrival to homestay accommodation, interns are met and greeted by their host family, who will assist with settling in.
Interns who choose a Tourism Operations placement are accommodated in inner-city apartment/residence instead of with a host family. They are likewise transported to this accommodation, to settle in and rest.
Note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement. Orientation takes place soon after arrival and covers important details for the internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Interns typically join their placement on the following day. If you are planning to spend time in Dublin prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, just let us know. We can arrange an alternative pick up from another location within the central city.
Interns who choose a Tourism Operations placement are accommodated in a city center apartment/residence instead of with a host family. This arrangement is reflected by the separate Program Fees that are listed for Tourism Operations internships.
The central location of this accommodation is ideal for commuting to Tourism Operations internship placements within the central city area, especially as early starts can often be required (if assisting with tour excursions, which have an early departure time). Accommodation is also close to public transportation routes, as well as shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment, parks, and other attractions.
The apartments are small and basic, yet clean, comfortable, secure and adequately furnished. Interns can expect to have their own private room and bedding is provided. The apartment can be co-inhabited with up to two other international students / interns, so the kitchen and living room are shared spaces. All roommates are expected to respect common areas, keeping them clean, tidy and comfortable for all guests. If you are interning alongside a friend, please let us know and we can aim to ensure you’re accommodated together (subject to availability).
It is important to note that extra nights of accommodation are not available with our accommodation option for Tourism Operations. The Program Fee covers the accommodation from the Sunday night before the Monday start date and interns are required to depart by the Sunday morning of their last week. If extra nights of accommodation are required for an earlier arrival or later departure, they must be booked independently.
All other internships in Ireland
Most interns in Dublin are hosted in friendly and welcoming homestay accommodations. Due to the layout of Dublin city, host families are usually based in suburban areas outside of the capital. Host family accommodation assignments are always made in consideration of the internship placement location, making efforts to ensure that any commute time to the placement is as convenient as possible. Nevertheless, it is wise to anticipate an average commute time of up to 40 - 45 minutes via bus or Dublin Area Rapid Transit system (“DART” is an electrified commuter rail railway network, which serves the coastal and city centre of Dublin). Interns can purchase a weekly Dublin bus pass (LEAP card), which allows interns to ‘top up’ and enjoy unlimited travel on city centre forms of transport (expect to budget €40 - approximately US$47 - per week for this). Homestay accommodation includes a light laundry service and single room.
With the exception of interns who choose a Tourism Operations placement and are provided with city-center apartment accommodation (as outlined above), all other interns in Ireland receive meals which are included with their host family accommodation arrangement. This arrangement is reflected by the separate Program Fees that are listed for Tourism Operations internships. Interns who choose Tourism Operations must budget independently to cover their own meals during the course of the internship program.
The meals provided by the host family include breakfast, dinner and a light supper, served Monday through Friday. During the week, interns may prepare a simple packed lunch in the morning to avoid the expense of paying for lunch. During the weekends, all meals are provided, including lunch. Breakfast and lunches are typically not prepared by the host family for the intern. However, interns have access to the kitchen facilities to prepare their own (e.g. make cereal or toast for breakfast, make a sandwich and have some fruit for lunch during the weekend, etc).
It is important to be aware that vegetarian and other dietary requirements must be communicated in advance. There is an additional weekly surcharge if a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan diet is requested. This is in order to provide speciality grocery items, which are often more expensive (e.g. soy milk, gluten free bread/pasta, protein supplements, etc). The extra cost is €30 per week, to be paid directly in-country.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
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What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
- Language lessons.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$100 per week to be sufficient.
During the weekends, free time is available to relax, engage in tourism activities and explore other parts of Ireland. Dublin’s history goes back thousands of years and there is a lot to explore! You’ll find museums, castles, theatres, parks, festivals, art galleries, cafes, and pubs abuzz with various happenings, year-round.
The city is sometimes described in quarters, comprising of the “Medieval Quarter” (including Dublin Castle, Christ Church, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the old city walls), the “Georgian Quarter” (including the area around St Stephen’s Green shopping mall, Trinity College, and Merrion Square), the “Docklands Quarter” and the “Cultural Quarter” (around the Temple Bar district).
Make sure you get “The Dublin Pass” which is a must-have sightseeing package. It grants free entry to over 25 top attractions, museums and monuments, as well as a free 24-Hour hop-on, hopp-off bus tour. You can choose from 1, 2, 3 or 5 day passes and it’s free to pick up the pass if you collect it from Dublin collection desks, located within the city, or - have it sent straight to your smartphone.
If you want to get some exercise and fresh air outside of the city, there are plenty of activities that’ll help keep you fit (you’ll need to bookmark these ideas, to ensure you burn off your Guinness and fish n’ chips). You can go kayaking in Dalkey, kite surfing in Clontarf, or hike around the Hill of Howth. Dublin Discovery Trails offers a series of self-guided walking trails, or rent a bicycle to cruise around the city. If you want more cardio, check out Ticknock Mountain Bike Trail to ride the 8km loop within the Dublin Mountains.
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Weather and climate: Overall, Ireland has a mild but changeable oceanic climate with few extremes. Precipitation falls throughout the year but is light overall. In Dublin, the warmest months are June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 62°F (16°C). It is cold and wet from November through March, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F (11°C). Wind and cloud cover can be expected year-round.