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A building shot of the Irish Parliament house in Dublin, Ireland.

Program at a Glance

National University of Ireland, Institute of Public Administration

Country Ireland
City Dublin
Class Level Jr, Sr
Experience Type Internship
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Fall sem, Spring sem
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Engage in real-world politics working with a member of Parliament. Research issues, connect with citizens, and write reports and press releases as you get an inside view of how the parliamentary system works. If you see a future in government, politics, law, or international relations, this opportunity is for you. Courses on Irish politics, history, and literature enrich your experience with insights into Irish culture. During downtime, explore the Cliffs of Moher, the hedge maze at Iveagh Gardens, and the elegant Dublin Castle.

WHERE YOU'LL STUDY

Dublin is the republic’s capital, the home of past and present writers of international stature, and the center of the island’s renewed economic growth. At the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), local faculty provide the preparation, training, and support you need to succeed in this program. IPA is Ireland’s only school focused exclusively on public sector development. Classes are held in a brick-and-stone townhouse on a wide, lushly tree-lined street in a Dublin suburb. Ballsbridge has traditionally been the home of foreign embassies (including the American embassy) and diplomatic representatives in Dublin, and it is just minutes away from the city center. The internship location at the Parliament building is a quick 20-minute ride on public transportation from the classes at the IPA building. Dublin also affords easy access to the countryside, seashore, and mountains.