Dublin Graduate Parliamentary Internship

Please Note:
Arcadia offers a Parliamentary Internship Program in Ireland for both undergraduates and graduate students. Undergraduates and graduates take courses together and complete similar internship placements. However, as graduate students are earning graduate credit in the program, they will be assessed and examined to a higher degree of academic expectation than undergraduate students, and they are held to a standard of professional achievement in their placements commensurate with their advanced level of education.
  • Study abroad with the Dublin Graduate Parliamentary Internship will offer you full immersion in the culture, history and politics of Ireland.

  • You will be given challenging courses to complement your internship.

  • Complete research and support administrative activities are provided under the direction of members of the Irish Dáil and Seanad.

  • This program is available through Arcadia University's affiliation with the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

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The IPA is a highly respected Irish organization that focuses exclusively on civil and public sector development through part-time and distance education, training, and research. Although it offers bachelor's and master's degrees, the IPA is not a traditional college campus. It is located in an attractive, tree-lined suburb of Dublin within easy reach of the Parliament and city center. Students enrolled in the Dublin Parliamentary Internship are housed in fully furnished flats in Dublin or with Irish host families.

Your fieldwork, which awards six graduate hours of credit, will be unpaid and require at least two full days each week. Responsibilities may include conducting surveys, researching and reporting on issues related to public welfare, and preparing for press briefings. Your individual initiative, skills and past experience will largely determine the type of work you are assigned.

Along with your fieldwork, you'll spend two days each week taking courses with other North American interns in the program. The themes of the courses are carefully designed to relate closely to the students' parliamentary internships. These courses, along with an extensive orientation, are designed to provide you with the necessary background to work effectively in your new environment.


Fall or spring semester: 15 graduate credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 20
  • Spring: October 15


Contact Anna West, Program Manager, by email at westa@arcadia.edu, or by phone at 1-866-927-2234.