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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.


An opportunity has arisen within IPRT for a Policy & Advocacy intern, working as part of the IPRT Team on the 2017 work programme, on a part-time basis.

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 engagement with Ireland’s examination by the UN Committee against Torture (UNCAT) in July 2017.

The successful candidate will commit to a minimum of 2 days per week, but ideally 3 days per week for 3 months. We hope to fill this position as soon as possible, and the placement will last until the end of June 2017 (with a possibility of extension).

Interns work as an integral part of the IPRT team, supporting our policy, research, advocacy and communications activities. Internships are unpaid, and unfortunately IPRT is not in a position to contribute to interns’ costs of living or travel.

The deadline for applications is Friday 7th April 2017 @ 5pm. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for interview. All applicants will be kept 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