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Project Children

The Project Children Summer Work & Travel Programme provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for students from Northern Ireland and Ireland. The 7 week 'cultural exchange' programme runs each summer, and gives students the chance to immerse themselves in US culture by living and working in the US. As part of the programme students will complete a 7 week professional internship in the US.


Degree Discipline


Website URL


United States

Work Style



Type of Placement


Level of Study

Undergraduate, Postgraduate


1-3 months

Application Close Date

Wednesday 19th April 2023

You must be enrolled as a full time student in third level education for the current academic year.

How to Apply

Students are required to complete an online application

Further Information

Does it Cost?


Cost Details

Food, Accommodation & Return Flights included. You’ll also receive a weekly stipend

Students are required to pay a small programme fee and visa costs.

In 1995, Project Children decided to build on the success of the original childrens program. The organisation extendeded it's reach to university students by initiating the summer internship program.

With such a large network of co-ordinators and host families built up over the years throughout the US, Project Children were able to pre-arrange a number of internships through their extensive contacts. In much the same way as the childrens program, students were brought over to the US during the summer to work and live. This gave the students the opportunity to gain some invaluable work experience in an international setting.

Internships are provided in many fields ranging from law and politics, to medicine and engineering. Each internship is selected to ensure the student gets the best possible experience during their time there. The work is very involved and hands on. Students leave the US after the program with a reference that will set their CV apart from others.

Now running for over two decades, over 625 students have taken part in the program. It has grown from the initial 10 students per summer, to over 30 students per summer. As with the children's program, this has all been made possible through private donations, the hospitality of the host families, and the effort of the Project Children volunteers.