Keough Internship Program


The generosity of Ireland Council members made it possible to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to six rising seniors in the Summer of 2012. Athena Hughes interned with Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs. Laura Kraegel was based with the noted literary journal Poetry Ireland. Abby McCrary worked with the Irish Food Board to promote Irish food. Caitlin Myron interned at Foras Na Gaeilge, a public body devoted to the promotion of the Irish language throughout Ireland. Katie Rose worked in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. Finally, Joshua Whitaker spent his summer at Four Court Press, Ireland's leading publisher of academic titles.

Each year up to six Notre Dame juniors receive an internship based on their intellectual passions, individual expertise and career ambitions live and work in Dublin, Ireland. You do not need to be in either Irish Studies or Irish Language and Literature classes to be considered for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Regardless of your course of study, if you are a junior at the University, you are encouraged to apply.

Recent interns have been placed with:

  • Department of Justice, Equality Tribunal
  • Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament)
  • Irish Film Institute
  • Poetry Ireland Journal
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Press Office
  • The Abbey Theatre (Ireland’s National theatre)
  • National Gallery of Ireland
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art
  • Combat Poverty Agency

We are always looking for new ideas, and the locations and assignments for interns are always changing. So, whether there is a track record in a specific interest or activity, or you have a unique idea tailored to your specific personal interests and professional goals, your proposal for a Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies internship could become a reality this summer.


The internships last for seven weeks each summer. All students are under the guidance of an internship coordinator in the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin. Internship includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from United States to Ireland
  • Living allowance for seven-week stay
  • Exposure to Irish culture through a variety of experiences

Accommodations in Dublin

Interns will live at UCD Summer Residences ideally located close to Dublin’s city centre and within easy reach of the cities many amenities. UCD is just a short 10 minute bus ride to the city centre via a direct route. Its superb location, just on the edge of town on a lovely green-field campus provides easy access to an abundance of restaurants, as well as Dublin’s attractive coastline and the Wicklow mountains. Onsite facilities include a pharmacy, medical centre, banks, post office, delicatessens, newsagent, gym, laundrette and mini-markets.

The apartments are spacious and fully furnished to a high standard. There are 6 single en-suite bedrooms in each apartment. All accommodation has self-catering facilities, including kitchen, laundry and a separate living room.

Apply Now

Although a number of internships are reserved for undergrads pursuing a minor in either Irish Studies or Irish Language and Literature, applications for a Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies internship will be enthusiastically accepted from any ND junior, regardless of college. Apply today! The application deadline is January 18, 2013. To apply, send an envelope containing the following (unstapled) documents:

  • Résumé including all of your contact information.
  • Statement of purpose (no more than two pages) explaining how you would benefit from the experience, making sure to highlight relevant qualifications, past experiences, and coursework.
  • Academic recommendation signed and sealed from a Notre Dame faculty member that provides a detailed assessment of your qualifications to intern abroad.
  • Official sealed copy of your transcript sealed from the Registrar.