Irish Parliamentary Internship
Founded as a viking settlement, Dublin has been Ireland's primary city for most of the island's history since medieval times. Today, it is an economic, administrative and cultural centre for the Republic of Ireland, and has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city. The Emerald Isle itself is replete with natural and human wonders, from the Burren, the rocky grassland of country Clare to the Norman and Anglo-Irish architecture.
The Institute of Public Administration in Dublin is the Irish national centre for development of best practice in public administration and public management. Students have the opportunity to participate in an internship with the Irish Parliament for approximately 25 hours per week, and in addition, take courses in Irish history, literature, and politics.
Students reside in homestays in the Dublin metropolitan area, so that they will be immersed into the Irish culture. Breakfasts and dinners Monday through Friday are provided by the host family.
All students take the following four courses:
Students have class at the IPA on Mondays and Wednesdays and work in the Parliament on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays are divided between Parliamentary and class work.
Students are assigned to both houses. The political parties nominate the elected members to whom to assign interns. During the first week of the program, students learn about the political parties and their policies. When this is complete, program staff will talk with each student about his/her interests. All students then go to parliament to meet the Sergeant at Arms and to get their accredited parliamentary pass card. After the passes are obtained, program staff will introduce the students to their hosts, which may place over a number of days depending on the availability of the members.
Internship responsiblities might include:
- Researching and writing briefs & speeches & reports
- Preparing parliamentary questions
- Corresponding with federal ministries or agencies
- Drafting press releases
- Updating MP’s website and social media
- Scheduling MP and/or town hall meetings
- Note taking at meetings and committee hearings
- Answering constituent phones and mail
- Accounting, expense tracking
- Campaigning (e.g. door-to-door, emails)
Ask Maggie O'Neil
about her experience in Dublin, Ireland!