Eligibility requirement: Applicants must have or be undertaking a qualification in tourism or hospitality and a passion for travelling and social media.

Language requirements: This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths: Concierge, Guest Services, Event & Conference Organizer, Management, Sales and Marketing, Travel Agent, Tour Guide / Operator, PR Manager, Travel Writer / Photographer, Market Research Analyst, Sales Management, Brand Management, Marketing & Promotions Management, Public Relations, Media Relations

Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Internship details

This tourism internship offers an incredible mix of sightseeing and career development. Interns are placed with tour companies in Dublin, taking part in excursions and identifying areas of improvement. Assist with social media marketing and customer service for leading tourism operators, and experience Ireland’s most popular attractions while you do it!

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided.

Tourism Operations interns get to experience world-class, full day tours around Dublin and wider Ireland, acting as mystery shoppers to provide feedback on the customer experience and ways that tours can be improved.

This is a unique opportunity to take part in enjoyable tourism activities, while gaining marketing, customer service and tourism experience with a young and energetic host company. You’ll get to visit iconic attractions such as The Cliffs of Moher and the Titanic Museum while you work!

Tourism Operations internships in Dublin

Interns usually join between three and four tours per week. These excursions often start early in the morning, around 6am, and can finish as late as 9pm. You can opt to do your own sightseeing on other days, or intern in the tour company’s office, helping with sales, customer service or other marketing activities such as social media marketing, writing blogs, and digital design.

With internships available from as little as two weeks, this is a perfect opportunity for interns wanting shorter experiences. Longer term interns (i.e. four weeks or longer) can request to work in specific roles, such as SEO marketing and sales. These requests will be accommodated wherever possible, but are not guaranteed.

Tourism Operations interns are accommodated in a city center apartment rather than with a host family. The central location means you’re based in the heart of Dublin, with all the attractions of the city on your doorstep. Accommodation is also close to main public transport routes, shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment, parks, and other attractions.

In your spare time, you’ll be able to explore Dublin’s famous castles and parks, as well as stunning sea-side walks and cliffs all around Ireland. Irish hospitality is world-renowned, and the city is home to dozens of highly rated pubs and restaurants, and a vibrant social scene.

Tourism Operations interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Critical evaluation of tourism excursions
  • Identifying areas of improvement and solutions that promote better tours
  • Social media / digital marketing
  • Customer service and sales
Professional development opportunities:
  • Gain experience working in a busy tourism office
  • Understand tourism activities from the perspective of a tourist
  • Contribute original photos, blogs and social media content
  • Gain customer service experience in selling tickets to tours around Ireland
  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
Typical schedule:
  • Schedules will vary based on how many tours you complete each week. Interns can work on up to four tours per week, which can run from 6am - 9pm. Other days can either be free, or working in the tour company’s office on a schedule you’ll agree with your supervisor.
Internship highlights:
  • Gain experience working in some of Ireland’s best tour agencies
  • Travel around Ireland and explore its most famous landmarks from The Cliffs of Moher to the Titanic Museum
  • Enjoy free time to explore Dublin
Types of host organizations:
  • Tour companies

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Internship Duration Program Fee (USD)
2 weeks 2 weeks $2,138
4 weeks 4 weeks $2,788
5 weeks 5 weeks $3,113
6 weeks 6 weeks $3,489
7 weeks 7 weeks $3,814
8 weeks 8 weeks $4,139
9 weeks 9 weeks $4,464
10 weeks 10 weeks $4,840
11 weeks 11 weeks $5,165
12 weeks 12 weeks $5,490
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  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
  • Terms and Conditions apply

Program fee for abroad internships

What it covers
  • Securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (for selected programs)
  • Experiential Learning Curriculum
  • In-country guidance for social and tourism activities
  • International reference letter

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Arrival and Orientation

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.

Accommodation

Tourism Operations

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.

Meals

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.

Activities and tourism

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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Capital Dublin
Population 4.77 million
Languages English, Irish, Ulster Scots
Currency Euro (EUR)
Time zone UTC+00:00

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.