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Frequently Asked Questions for Partners/Agents.

This section deals with questions you may have as an agency curious about working with InternNational Ireland and what kind of service we provide.

What type of programmes do you offer?
In which sectors are placements available?
How long does it take to source a placement?
What is the minimum & maximum age limit for applicants?
What if you fail to find a placement?
Can any sector be chosen and guaranteed?
Is any payment offered to applicants by host companies?
What type of accommodation is available?
What happens if an applicant is asked to leave their placement?
What happens if an applicant wants to quit their placement?
Do you provide support or monitoring?
How do you manage cancellations?
What about certification/validation of the placement?
What is the minimum & maximum duration/stay?
Are any sectors 'impossible'?
Can you provide language courses?
What other services are available?
Why should I work with InternNational Ireland over another agency?
Do you accept bookings directly from the general public?
Do you accept group bookings?
What time of year is best to make a booking?
Do you send Irish students to other countries on similar programmes?


What type of programmes do you offer?

The mission of InternNational Ireland is to promote learning through practical experience - this falls under several names such as Unpaid Work Experience, Internship, Stage, Training Period, etc. All are basically the same type of programme and InternNational Ireland strives to bring foreign applicants to Ireland offering a transparent and honest service.
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In which sectors are placements available?

Most professional office based placements are available in a broad range of sectors, these include:
- Sales & Marketing
- Hospitality
- Office Administration
- Finance/Accounting/Insurance
- Human Resources & Recruitment
- Computers/IT/Webdesign/Digital Media
- Social Services
- Logistics
- Architecture
- Tourism
- Nature (Animal Welfare)
- Childcare (subject to qualifications & police clearance)
- PR/Communications
- Theatre/Film
- Photography
- ...and many more!
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How long does it take to source a placement?

Depending on the availability of any particular sector - combined with the the education, experience, English level of the applicant, and duration of the stay, the amount of time required to source a placement can be anything from several days to several weeks! We do ask that as much advance notice is given to ensure a complete search is made on behalf of the applicant.
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What is the minimum & maximum age limit for applicants?

The minimum age is 18 years old and there is no maximum age for doing an internship! The minimum age can be flexible provided written permission is granted by a parent of guardian allowing the applicant to embark on such an independent programme.
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What if you fail to find a placement?

Normally at the time of booking, the chances for gaining a placement in the desired sector will be advised. However, we do aim to place 100% of applicants. If a placement cannot be sourced then this difficulty will be advised in advance and alternative options will be recommended.
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Can any sector be chosen and guaranteed?

Unfortunately it is not always possible to guarantee the first choice of placement.. this can be for many reasons as mentioned in 'question 3. It is adviseable that applicants make three sector choices in order of preference. If the first choice is not available the second, and then third options will be attempted. It is very important that applicants are aware of their choices and willing to accept any of the three with the knowledge that the order of their preference has been respected and may or may not have been possible. Choices listed for preference number two/three should not be listed with the idea that these are not realistic options for the placement.
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Is any payment offered to applicants by host companies?

No. In Ireland internships are unpaid. However, most companies will provide the cost of a local bus/rail card for the applicant during their stay. Other benefits may be awarded based on performance or relevant to the sector of the placement (e.g. Hospitality placements normally provide meals on duty etc).
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What type of accommodation is available?

We are only in a position to offer Host Family accommodation at this stage. The availability of short-term apartments (less than 6 months) is scarce and because of other restrictions such as contracts, security deposits, variable costs such as utilities, etc... it is not possible to offer a 'regulated' price for such accommodation. Host Family accommodation can be regulated by including utility bills, meals, laundry, etc.
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What happens if an applicant is asked to leave their placement?

This is quite a serious situation as Host Companies are normally quite flexible with applicants. To be fired from a job which is unpaid must be a result of misconduct and an investigation will be required before another placement is sought.
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What happens if an applicant wants to quit their placement?

Firstly a reason will be sought and the correct procedure to resolve the situation will be followed. This involves the applicant firstly raising the issue with their supervisor, if this yields no positive result then InternNational Ireland will attempt to resolve the situation, finally if no positive conclusion is made then another placement will be sought. Please remember that reasons for quitting a placement should be valid - if for example an applicant's expectations are greater than their ability to perform certain tasks, then this will be advised to the applicant and options for a solution will be provided.
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Do you provide support or monitoring?

Yes, on various levels such as a 24-hour emergency contact service for issues outside normal office hours and which cannot wait to be resolved by the next working day. If the applicants have any difficulties during their stay they can contact InternNational Ireland by e-mail or phone for support. Periodically, the placement will be monitored to ensure both the applicant and the host company are satisfied. In the future during busier times, there will also be regular meetings held on a bi-monthly basis in a central location in Dublin yet to be decided. These meetings will offer a 'walk-in' service for applicants if they have any issues or queries.. or simply if they want to chat! We will also endeavour to ensure no individual applicant will feel isolated and will offer to put them in contact with other interns in Dublin at the same time.
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How do you manage cancellations?

Please take a look at our
Terms & Conditions  page for information relating to cancellations.
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What about certification/validation of the placement?

It is normal that an applicant can request a 'Reference Letter' from their supervisor upon completion of their stay. In future, there will also be another option available for a small fee, to have an official certificate from InternNational Ireland - thus validating the placement in another way.
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What is the minimum & maximum duration/stay?

The minimum duration is 4 weeks and the maximum is unlimited! A longer stay is more attractive for Host Companies and can allow the applicant to gain more responsibility over the duration of the placement. Shorter stays may be possible by special request at certain 'quiet' times of the year.
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Are any sectors 'impossible'?

Any sector where there is a high risk of injury or a greater risk to the Health & Safety of an applicant are normally not available. In addition, sectors which require a higher level of security such as banks, airports, etc are also extremely difficult to attain.
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Can you provide language courses?

Absolutely, we have a good relationship with many of the language academies in Dublin and can provide official language courses for any duration from one week to one year!
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What other services are available?

Various other services are already in place such as airport transfers for groups and individuals, mobile phones/SIM cards, International calling cards, etc are all listed in our
Prices page.
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Why should I work with InternNational Ireland over another agency?

Past experience has allowed us to gain the knowledge required to make the best decisions on which applicants will best suit particular companies based on skills and ability. The service you receive will be efficient and always communicative and InternNational Ireland will constantly self-evaluate the service on offer in order to continue to provide a high quality service. Your comments and feedback will also provide a valuable resource towards expanding internships in Ireland.
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Do you accept bookings directly from the general public?

No. As the prices we list are 'nett' it is important not to reveal these to the public - should we receive an enquiry from the general public then we will recommend that they contact one of our partners and not entertain the idea of taking a booking directly.
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Do you accept group bookings?

Absolutely, group enquiries are always welcome and we can put together a special package to suit most needs. We can also assist in the arrangement of agreements/contracts, etc for groups or individuals on specially funded programmes.
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What time of year is best to make a booking?

Winter time is traditionally the most quiet period and summer is the most busy. However internships are available all year round and we make the best efforts possible to ensure we maintain enough contact with host companies to fit with the high demand for placements during the busier periods.
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Do you send Irish students to other countries on similar programmes?

Not yet, however this is something which we would be very interested to develop and would like to hear if any of our partners can offer the same facility/service in their home country for Irish students wishing to take up internships abroad.
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