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Full Time Internship | Galway

Ireland | Optional Credit Available | Spring 2024
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  • Spring 2024

  • Fall 2024

  • Spring 2025


Galway is a city in the heart of Ireland’s breath-taking scenery, built off the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and as you walk through the medieval streets you will hear its famed traditional folk and contemporary music. Galway is famous for being the festival capital of Ireland, hosting an average of 122 festivals and events per year!

Internships in Galway, Ireland are ideal if you are looking for an internship in an English-speaking location, but still want the experience of an international internship. The city offers placements in Marketing, Bio Engineering, Social Services, Law, Psychology, and Hospitality, among many other fields.

Develop your professional skills and make your resume stand out while living and working in Ireland!

What’s Included

The AIFS Abroad inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site, and upon-return services to help interns make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Guaranteed Internship Placement

    Once accepted into program we guarantee an internship in one of your approved career fields

  • Global Career Readiness Program

    Connecting academic goals to professional experiences

  • Housing

    Student Residence

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Day trip to Aran Islands

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS Abroad organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience.

  • On-Site Location Coordinator

    To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Green Initiative

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
    Airport transfers to and from accommodation

  • Credit

    Credit can be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University

    Earn up to 12 credits during the summer or semester

    Some universities require credit to be earned, and we cannot change a university’s requirement

  • Optional Excursions

    Day trip to Aran Islands

Program Details: Full Time Internship | Galway Multiple Career Fields

Program is closed


January 6, 2024March 30, 2024



Application Deadline

October 31, 2023

Inclusive Fees



Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Non-Student

Minimum of GPA

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Social Services, and Psychology
  • Health Sciences and STEM
  • Language, History and Culture
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Internship Opportunities

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for interns on this program, with the following academic options available:

The AIFS Abroad Enrollment Team reviews application materials, which are a combination of relevant work experience, college or university level course work, and an assessment of maturity and readiness for working in a professional setting. After an intern has been accepted, we guarantee an internship placement. 

Our team works with interns 1:1 to gain a better understanding of the skills you will bring to your team, talents you want to grow, and expectations you have of your experience. By working individually with each intern, we can assess academic knowledge, career goals, language proficiency, and overall expectations for your time in Galway, in order to place you in a dynamic work environment.

Once a match is found, all interns will interview by phone or Zoom with your manager before the placement is offered and confirmed. When you arrive in Galway, Location Coordinators will be there to help you start your internship and support you with on-site check-ins and coaching to make the most of your internship placement. 

AIFS Abroad has 20+ years of history matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns in a variety of career fields. Below are some of our top fields for Galway, but are not limited to these:

  • Government/Policy
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Event Mangement
  • Art/Museums/Galleries
  • Biology

AIFS Abroad provides an award-winning Global Career Readiness Program which combines assessments, career coaching, and experiential learning to connect interns’ academic knowledge with their professional ambitions. The Strengths-based approach focuses on interns meeting their potential and thriving in their future careers. 

Core Components Include

  • CliftonStrengthsFinder® Assessment
  • One-on-One Career Strengths Coaching
  • Goal Setting and Career Planning
  • Interview preparation
  • On-Site Career Seminars and Networking Events
  • Leadership Training and Recruitment Opportunities
  • Summer, up to 12 Credits
  • Semester, up to 12 Credits

Adding credit can allow interns to access existing financial aid options and gain credit towards graduation for many majors. This is suitable for interns who attend a university that does not offer credit for internships. Some universities will require credit, and we cannot change university requirements. For more information please discuss your situation with your program consultant at time of application.

Credit will be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University. 

View Example Internship Placements
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Living Abroad

AIFS Abroad provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources, and staff to help interns learn about and integrate into their host community.


  • Single occupancy room
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shared living space and kitchen
  • 24/7 Security
  • Located in the city center and close to amenities

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Galway.


Walking is the preferred method of transportation around Galway, but there is also a bike-share program and buses to help navigate around the city. 


Galway is a coastal city which means the days are usually mild, but can be cloudy and rainy even in the driest months of the year, so don’t forget to pack your rain gear. 

Time Zones 

Ireland is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and 8 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time.


While English is an official language spoken in Galway, you will also hear Gaeilge, the second official language, spoken in shops and pubs around the city. 

Karen Lyons

Location Coordinator Galway

BA in Communication Design with an option in Media Arts

Born and raised in Northern California, Karen spent many years living in Los Angeles before moving to Galway, Ireland in 2018. A study abroad program to Brighton, England while she was in college, contributed strongly to her passion for travel and the ease at which she made the decision to move to a new country. Karen’s own study abroad experience coupled with her love of Ireland, are what inspired her to take the job with AIFS Abroad in 2022 and she has thoroughly enjoyed sharing this passion with the student interns. She has traveled to almost 20 countries in Europe and she counts Australia and Costa Rica among some of her favorite places to visit.

After moving to Ireland, Karen took up photography as a hobby and as a result, her photos are featured frequently by various Galway and Irish tourism social media pages. She has adapted very well to rural Irish life, having recently started playing Rounders with a group of friends. She also loves to bake and cook, and helps to coach her son’s soccer team.

Karen’s professional background is in public relations and event planning. After spending several years working for producers and talent agents in the entertainment industry, she segued into PR, working on accounts ranging from brands and food/drink to film and television. She also planned and executed large and small scale events. Her life in Los Angeles was very different to her life in Galway and she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she’s not working for AIFS Abroad, Karen spends her time with her son and husband, traveling around.

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS Abroad staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of life in Ireland. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Guided tour of Galway including a boat tour on the River Corrib
  • Day trip to Inis Oirr, one of the Aran Islands
  • Day trip to Connemara
  • Lunch at a pub with live music
  • Art & Music Festivals

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Galway and deepen your social, historical, and cultural understanding of Ireland. Previous excursions have included:



The Connemara Marble Visitor Centre, located in the village, is dedicated to one of Ireland’s oldest industries: mining. Aughnanure Castle, built in the 16th century by the O’Flaherty family (AKA the Ferocious O’Flahertys), is one of over 200 tower houses in the County Galway.

  • NW Corner of Galway
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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Aran Islands

Visit Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, just off the coast of Galway. After toasted sandwiches and Guinness, a horse and carriage ride takes you around the island to see a famous shipwreck, wall to wall stone walls, and beautiful beaches and scenery.
  • Islands off the west coast of Ireland
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
    October 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline**
    October 31, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 5, 2024
  • Program Begins
    January 6, 2024
  • Program Ends
    March 30, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    March 30, 2024
  • * We encourage applicants to apply by this date for a better chance of acceptance into their preferred career fields.
  • ** Deposits are due within 10 days of acceptance.
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to intern in Galway?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: