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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 is now accepting applications for one internship position, running spring 2016 (March - June 2016).

The deadline for applications is Friday, 22nd January 2016 at 5pm. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on Thursday 28th January 2016 in the IPRT offices.

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

Application Procedures:

Applications are by official application form only. Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview. Where a shortlisted applicant is unable to attend the interview in person, arrangements can be made to conduct the interview by phone.

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