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IPRT Internship Programme


IPRT offers internship and summer placement opportunities to students and practitioners interested in, and wanting to contribute to, the work of the organisation.

We are committed to offering internship opportunities throughout the year to support our policy, research, advocacy and campaigning activities.

Read more about former IPRT interns here!


Internships with IPRT are usually offered on a 5-month basis, working 17-21 hours a week over 2-3 days. Shorter placements may also be offered in some circumstances, for instance where a placement can be linked to a specific project within IPRT.

We also offer one summer placement, working 28 hours per week over 4 days for July/August.

Internships are unpaid, and it is important to note that IPRT will not be in a position to contribute to interns’ costs of living or accommodation in Dublin. Due to the limitations on staff time and office facilities, we are only able to offer two placements at any given time.

Policy and Advocacy Internship Programme:

In November 2014, we revised the structure of our internship placements based on: organisational need; the wider work environment; and also the day-to-day experience of IPRT interns. Whereas previously interns worked in the discrete areas of Research & Policy and Campaigns & Communications, from November 2014 we are offering two placements in the area of Policy and Advocacy. This better reflects the dynamism at the heart of IPRT's work, where everything we do has campaigning for progressive change at its centre. Full details on what you can expect from an internship with IPRT are included in the Policy & Guidelines document below.

IPRT usually runs 2 Part-Time Policy & Advocacy  internships from September-January and February-June (2.5-3 days per week) as well as a summer programme full-time (4 days) for July-August.

The February-June Internships are usually advertised in November of the previous year, and the June-January and summer Internships are usually advertised in April. The applications process for the 2018 February-June Part Time Policy and Advocacy Internship Placements (of which there will be 2, with each being for 2.5-3 days per week) will be advertised in November 2017.

However, this can be subject to change, and additional opportunities can occasionally arise, so please watch this space!

Current Opportunity:

We are now inviting applications for an Autumn Policy & Advocacy internship placement (working September 29th 2017 – end of January 2018 on a part-time basis of 2.5 - 3 days per week).

Exciting projects we are currently working on include: a new human rights in prison project Progress in the Penal System (PIPS), campaign work around Spent Convictions, and a research and campaign project ‘Abolishing Solitary Confinement in Prisons in Ireland’.

Application Process:

The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st August @ 5pm. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview, which are expected to take place on Friday 8th September. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.

Completed application forms should be sent, with a recent CV, to: info@iprt.ie

Application Procedures:

For queries about the IPRT internship programme, please contact: info@iprt.ie