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The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy has successfully established a wide range of internships over the last number of years, including with the devolved Departments, the parties at the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Equality Commission, the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, Mindwise, the BBC, the Northern Ireland Local Government Association and a number of private consultancy firms.

Wherever a successful applicant is placed, the internships involve spending three full working days per week for 12 weeks in either Semester 1 or 2. Each successful applicant will have a line manager at the host institution for work-related purposes and a member of the School’s staff will supervise the completion of the academic requirements of the internship, namely a weekly Learning Journal and a work-related 12,000 word Project.

Internships are available as an alternative to either the dissertation or project for Level Three Single and Major Politics students, as well as Level Three Joint Honours students.  Students must also meet a number of criteria in order to be eligible to apply:

  • They must have taken the Level 2 Skills and Methods module, and
  • Have obtained an unweighted average of 58 or higher in all modules completed, and having failed no modules

As the number of placements is limited, selection is by competition and applicants will be required to attend an interview conducted by members of the School. When applying, you are required to identify, in rank order, at least four preferred placements. 

Further details about internships may be obtained from Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh; and by clicking here.