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!
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.Review Our Policies
Once accepted into program we guarantee an internship in one of your approved career fields
Connecting academic goals to professional experiences
Day trip to Aran Islands
A wide range of AIFS Abroad organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience.
To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from accommodation
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
Day trip to Aran Islands
AIFS Abroad provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources, and staff to help interns learn about and integrate into their host community.
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.
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.
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 GE 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 Global Experiences, 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:
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.
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.
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.)
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.Learn more