The Dublin Summer Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks studying and interning in Dublin, one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Students combine a professional internship course with one liberal arts course. Classes are held at Dublin City University (DCU) and are conducted by faculty from DCU and other Dublin universities. Internship placements are contingent upon the student’s past experience, professional interests, and the available opportunities during the summer term, so flexibility is essential. Students are housed in accommodations on the campus of DCU.

Students enroll in one required course and one internship course. Each course carries four Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.

Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Required Course

Students enroll in one of the following courses:

  • CAS HI 254/PO 231 The History of Ireland (4 credits)
    • Formerly CAS HI 325/PO 381.
    • This course provides an introduction to the trends, themes, and debates that have shaped modern Irish history. Each lecture focuses on one or two themes in the history of modern Ireland, examining the background to these themes and investigating the impact they have had on Irish society. The course primarily focuses on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but where necessary events in earlier centuries are referred to and explained. Among the topics examined are Ireland’s relationship with Britain, the constitutional and revolutionary traditions in Irish nationalism, the political and economic development of the Republic, the role of religion in the independent Irish state, the Northern Ireland "Troubles," and the role of sport in Irish culture. Kennedy.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS SO 341 Contemporary Irish Society (4)
    • This course provides students with an understanding of modern Ireland, its people, and its role in the 21st century. The course starts with a brief overview of Ireland’s location in the world and a snapshot of those strands of Irish history that contribute to the character of the modern nation. Topics covered include political structures, including the Constitution, the system of government, and the political party system; the social structure of Irish society, including demography, emigration/immigration, class, family, and the urban/rural divide; and social government in Ireland, including the education system, religion, popular culture, social protection, and health. Byrne.
    • Syllabus
  • Questrom FE 445 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (4)
    • Prerequisite: Questrom FE 323 Financial Management.
    • Required for Finance concentrators. Introduction to the investment management process. Defining investment objectives and constraints. Introduction to Modern Portfolio Theory, CAPM, APT, Efficient Markets, stock and bond valuation models. Immunizing interest-rate risk. Active vs. passive investment strategies, fundamental vs. technical analysis, trading practices, and performance evaluation. Introduction to the role of futures and options in hedging and speculation. Students are expected to become familiar with current events in the financial news.
    • Syllabus

Internship Course

The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship.


  • CAS AH 505 Internship in Arts/Arts Administration
  • CAS EC 497 Internship in Business/Economics
  • CAS HU 425 Internship in the Visual/Performing Arts
  • CAS PO 401 /CAS IR 451 Internship in Politics
  • CAS PO 403 Internship in Comparative Law
  • CAS PO 405 /IR 455 Internship in International Organizations
  • CAS PS 495 Internship in Health/Human Services
  • COM CM 471 Internship in Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
  • COM FT 493 /494 Internship in Film/Radio/Television
  • COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism
  • SAR HS 405 Practicum in the Health Sciences
  • SHA HF 390 Field Placement in Hospitality Administration

Internship Components

  • Paper relating to professional field of internship placement
  • Attendance and participation in seminars and meetings and appropriate cognizance of internship supervisor's evaluation
  • A SWOT analysis of the internship organization
  • A reflection of the student's personal and professional objectives

Internship Areas

Please note these are examples of past internship placements only. While BU Study Abroad guarantees an internship to program participants, specific placements vary from semester to semester and may not always be available. Likewise, internship placements may be available in academic areas not listed. The level of proficiency in the target language is an important factor, which internship supervisors will take into account.

  • Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
    • Work in marketing, public relations, design, and presentation for specific advertising agencies or public relations departments of larger organizations. Past internship placements have included McConnell’s Advertising Service, Quintessentially, and Presence Communications.
  • Arts & Arts Administration
    • Work in music, dance, literature, architecture, education, visual arts, or multimedia for architectural firms, museums, theaters, performing companies, or galleries. Past internship placements have included the James Joyce Centre, The Science Gallery, the National Museum of Ireland, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Improvised Music Company.
  • Film/Radio/Television
    • Work in writing, research, and broadcasting for radio and television stations, or film and production companies. Though the Irish media market is small by American standards, past internship placements have included Gillian Reynolds Casting, TV3, City Channel, ESPN America, and NewsTalk FM.
  • Business & Economics
    • Work in the finance, accounting, legal, marketing, information technology and telecommunications, and research departments of Irish or multinational corporations as well as smaller, specialized firms. Past internship placements have included Ulster Bank, Citco, Cúram Software, JP Morgan, Free Wireless Hotspot, Bella the Makeover, and XS Direct.
  • Health & Human Services
    • Work in hospital rehabilitation, therapy, or education programs; health center administration; social service departments; community care centers; or social activist organizations. Past internship placements have included the Royal Hospital Donnybrook, the Coombe Women’s Hospital, the Solas Centre, James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, and Release Speech Therapy.
  • Hospitality Administration
    • Work in the hospitality industry in such fields as hotel and restaurant management or event management. Past internship placements have included the Four Seasons Hotel, Xena Productions, and The Helix.
  • Journalism
    • Work in writing, research, design, marketing, and production for magazines, newspapers, or small publishing houses. Past internship placements have included Hot Press, The Irish Dependent, and Golf Digest.
  • Politics/International Relations
    • Work with an NGO, the press, humanitarian organizations, or a political party. Past internship placements have included the Institute of European Affairs, Fine Gael, Amnesty International, The European Movement, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Fianna Fáil.
  • Pre-Law
    • Work in research and documentation for local Dublin law firms specializing in civil, criminal, or corporate law. Past internship placements have included Philip Lee & Associates, HSBC, Terence Lyons & Co Solicitors, and the Free Legal Advice Centre.
University Dormitory

  • Board is not included in this program. Students are responsible for budgeting their own cost of meals.
  • Dublin City University does have limited dining hall facilities, but it is at the student’s own expense. There are ample grocery stores in the immediate area surrounding the campus.
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the neighboring building to the accommodations on campus. Cost of laundry is not included in the program fee.
  • Students have access to many services provided by Dublin City University, including libraries and study spaces. Students are welcome to participate in all DCU social clubs, teams, and organizations. Students who wish to have access to the DCU recreational facilities will be charged a members’ fee.
  • Summer Term: Early June to early August
  • Summer Term: March 1