About the Dublin Parliamentary Internship
The Institute of Public Adminstration (IPA) was founded in 1957 to provide a wide range of services from management consultancy to short-term training courses on specialized topics for Irish government employees throughout the country. The IPA is primarily a "think tank" for some of Ireland's best and brightest minds to meet and undertake administrative research projects.
As a participant in this program, you'll enjoy a unique and exclusive arrangement. Only North American students sponsored by the IPA have the privilege of interning in both houses of the Irish Parliament, the Dáil Éireann and the Seanad Éireann. You will have the opportunity to obtain a real-world perspective on Irish politics and on how a parliamentary system of government functions. You will earn six semester credits for successful completion of your fieldwork.
Your fieldwork will be enhanced by the courses offered at the IPA. The courses are taught by academics with strong backgrounds in fields such as Irish literature, history and politics. Each course is worth 3 semester credits. Subjects include Irish Society and Politics, Modern Irish History, and Anglo-Irish Literature. Additionally, before your fieldwork begins, you'll participate in an orientation that will prepare you for your parliamentary experience though intensive instruction that covers Ireland's Constitution, political parties and upcoming legislation.