Global Internship Program

Global Affairs: Internships in Dublin

  • Dates

    Internship Abroad: June 16 – August 7, 2021

    Online Courses: June 21 – August 27, 2021

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): TBA

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): TBA

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

The compact capital city of Ireland, Dublin is a hub for many international companies and organizations, as well as a buzzing startup scene. Dubliners are known to be some of the friendliest people in the world, which is reflected in the more informal and relaxed work culture. In the summer time the sun doesn’t set until 10 PM, so you will have plenty of time to fully enjoy the huge variety of recreational opportunities Dublin has to offer, most of which are a stone’s throw from the city center.

Internship placements are approximately 7.5 weeks long. UCLA partner’s with Global Experiences to place students at internship sites  based on personal career goals, interests and experience. While completing the on-site internship, students will also be enrolled in 1 or 2 online courses, earning 4-to-8 units of academic credit. Online courses follow Summer Session A and will last for a total of 10 weeks. Student’s looking to receive financial aid must be enrolled in 2-courses during the program.

Eligibility, Selection and Placement Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2021
    • Units can include transfer credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good academic standing

Priority Registration: November 2 – December 18, 2020

All Global Internship Programs have a limited number of placements available for each location. Priority registration for all programs will be from November 2 – December 18, 2020. Students who apply within this time frame will be given first consideration for internship placement. Students registering after December 18 will still have an opportunity to apply for and be placed in internship programs, however, some programs may be already filled.

Selection Process

Students who apply that meet the eligibility criteria will conduct a pre-placement call with Global Experiences, our partners in Dublin. Through this pre-placement call Global Experiences will learn more about each applicant’s qualifications, experience and career goals. The call will help Global Experiences determine whether the applicant is a good match for available internship opportunities in Dublin. After the call is completed, Global Experiences and UCLA will decide whether to offer the applicant acceptance into the Dublin Global Internship Program based on their qualifications and the pool of applicants.

Placement Process

Students selected for the Dublin program will need to place their program deposit first, in order to be officially enrolled in the program. After enrolling in the Dublin program, a placement coordinator from Global Experiences will work with each student one-on-one to find the perfect internship match. Internship placements are customized to a students’ personal and career goals, interests and experience. Internship placement is guaranteed for accepted applicants as long as they follow appropriate steps and deadlines. Students will work approximately 32 to 40 hours per week at their internship placement.

Internship Placements

Dublin Placement Options:

  • Global Health
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profits
  • Politics

Examples placements include:

Please note that these are examples of student placements in the past and does not guarantee availability for future terms.


Program Courses

All students are required to enroll in the I A STD 195CE course while attending the program. Students who wish to earn more units and/or apply for financial aid, may also enroll in the CESC 130 course as well.

  • I A STD 195CE (4 units) ~ Mandatory
  • CESC 130 (4 units) ~ Optional

Please note that in order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in both the mandatory course AND the optional course (total of 8-units).  

Course Descriptions

I A STD 195CE: Internship Course (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

International and Area Studies (I A STD) 195CE is a 4-unit course designed around an individual internship experience. This course will offer you the opportunity to apply international studies theories and concepts to your internship experience. This course will help you analyze the effects the global and interconnected nature of our world has on people, cultures, politics, economics, and organizations. You will take your academic knowledge beyond the classroom, and in your papers and during one-on-one meetings, you will analyze your organization and work experience within an international context. I A STD 195CE must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

*The course is open to all majors and may fulfill electives for any of the programs housed in the International Institute (International & Area Studies majors and minors, Global Studies major and minor, International Development Studies major and Global Health minor) by petition to the program Chair.

CESC 130: Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

This 4-unit course is designed to help students critically analyze their own cultural values and beliefs and the impact they have on their communication. It will provide students with strategies and tools to more effectively communicate and to manage intercultural conflicts in the global workplace. Students will study and critique intercultural communication theories, review relevant case studies and discuss first hand experiences from their global internship. This course must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

*The course is open to all majors and fulfills the following electives for programs housed in the International Institute: 

  • Global Studies Majors & Minors: Applies to the Culture & Society upper division pillar.
  • International and Area Studies Majors: Applies to the International Societies and Cultures category.
  • International Development Studies Majors: Could apply towards Regional or Disciplinary elective in the major, by petition only.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UCLA Undergrads (4-Units)  UCLA Undergrads (8-Units)
Program Fee TBA TBA
IEI Fee $61 $61
Airfare (estimate) $1,200 $1,200
Meals & Incidentals (estimate) $1,500 $1,500

*Pell Grant recipients will receive a $500 refund and Gilman Scholars a $250 refund on their program fee. This refund will be assessed prior to the financial aid payment deadline.

**Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement
  • Single room in dormitory accommodations. 
  • On-site orientation (including welcome meal).
  • Optional social and cultural activities
  • 24/7 on-site healthy and safety support from the Global Experiences staff
  • Health insurance.

Personal Expenses NOT Included:

  • Round trip Airfare to Dublin
  • Personal travel during program
  • Costs for medical expenses and emergencies
  • Meals and entertainment expenses
  • Transportation to/from housing to internship site

All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Students should wait until final internship placement confirmation, prior to purchasing their flight to Dublin. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Global Internship Programs is available to qualified UCLA students. Students must be enrolled in a total of 8 units (2 courses) to be eligible for financial aid. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Our partner organization, Global Experience, will provide airport pickup for your internship program. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements back to the airport at the end of the program.


Students will reside in single room accommodations in a shared dormitory suite with other interns or young professionals at University College Dublin (UCD). All dormitories comes with bedding, basic WiFi, fully equipped shared kitchen and shared bathroom access. This will provide each student with an authentic university campus-style experience in a suburban setting.

The residence will have everything you need on site (24hr security, shops, gym, restaurants, and a bank) and is only a short bus ride (approximately 15 minutes) from Dublin’s city center. The commute takes an average of 45-60 minutes from UCD to internship sites.


Meals are not provided. You will have access to fully furnished kitchens shared kitchen space in your dormitory to cook.

Optional Social and Cultural Activities

This program offers weekly organized events around the city that you can are free to participate in with the other internship program participants.


Travel to Dublin

All Global Internship program participants are required to purchase and arrange their own travel accommodations to Dublin. Students should wait until Global Experiences confirms placement and visa issuance (if necessary) prior to purchasing their flight to Dublin. Students will receive specific arrival instructions to assist with arrival to program housing.

Visa Information:

U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa to do an internship in Ireland. For a list of other countries who also do no require a visa to intern in Ireland please click here .

For non-US citizens, please contact the Global Internship Program manager if you have additional questions regarding your visa eligibility for the program.