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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2018||02/01/2018 **||Rolling Admission||05/28/2018||08/04/2018|
** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
|Minimum GPA:||2.75||Class Status:||Sophomore|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Academic Subject:||Art, Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Family & Consumer Sciences, Geography & Tourism, Health Sciences, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Telecommunication|
What is the program about?
This program offers professional placements in a wide range of career fields and disciplines, including Business, Healthcare, Journalism, Communications, and Public Relations, among others. Your internship experience will givie you an international edge and valuable work experience within your academic field or area of interest that will open many doors to your future career path. Your internship is matched to meet your career goals, interests, and skills, also providing you with the opportunity to work alongside Irish, other Europeans, and international workers. To supplement your work experience, and to help broaden your understanding of contemporary Dublin life and culture, you will be given an opportunity to immerse yourself in Irish life through structured field trips and social activities.
Ball State has contracted with an established placement organization, EUSA, to identify student internships. EUSA will act as our overseas internship office. Placement professionals will secure full-time internships, set up on-site interviews, make the necessary evaluation visits, and work with the on-site supervisor to oversee the internship for the duration of your placement. You will network with your new Spanish and international coworkers, and in the process, you’ll make close friends, boost your resume, and gain great references for future job prospects during your internship in Dublin.
Where does the program take place?
Founded in 841, Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, "Town of the Hurdled Ford") is the capital city of Ireland (2011 pop. Greater Dublin Region 1.8 million); and well over a quarter of the Republic's population lives in the metropolitan area. The city center is, however, relatively small and can be navigated by foot, with most of the population living in suburbs. In the last 20 years, the Republic of Ireland’s capital city has transformed itself from a quiet, economically depressed, old-fashioned town into a modern, thriving, affluent, and youthful (around 35 percent of the city’s million-plus people are under the age of 25) European city. Ancient pubs, lively nightclubs, hundreds of live music venues, and elegant restaurants share rain-soaked sod with hundreds of years of troubled, painful, and fascinating history carved into stone.
Summers in Dublin are mild with an average maximum temperature of 19°C (66°F) in July, far cooler than even most of the coldest American cities. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Dublin is a mere 29°C (87°F), which in many other parts of the world, even at its own latitude, is just a typical summer day. Don't plan on too many hot summertime activities. Thunderstorms also don't happen very often in Dublin, on average only four days a year. Overall, the city's climate is mild but would be considered drier and cooler than western and southern parts of the island of Ireland.
When does this program take place?
10 weeks: May 28 - August 4, 2018
What is the internship content?
Students interested in obtaining credit must work with their faculty advisor and register for their academic discipline’s “internship” course to ensure receiving academic credit.
EUSA is a not-for-profit organization that works with Ball State University to provide students with academically-directed internship programs across all colleges. EUSA's internship teams place 2,000 university students each year across all industry sectors. Students apply to and are selected by Ball State and EUSA works with staff to provide internship placements, support, and housing. All placements are unpaid. You are able to intern legally because these are unpaid placements for which you are receiving credit at your home institution.
You have a great deal of control in directing the placement process and ensuring that EUSA makes the right placement. It's important to keep in mind that the time for you to exercise this control is during the earlier part of the process, at your placement meeting with a EUSA placement manager and even before, as you prepare for this meeting. The best way to prepare is to think about the following questions:
- What previous experience do I have that makes me a suitable candidate?
- What types of tasks & responsibilities do I expect to have in my internship?
- What type of company would I like to intern with?
- What is my main goal for the internship?
- What specific skills am I hoping to develop or enhance?
- What are my future career goals and how does this internship relate to them?
- What kind of credits do I need for this internship?
EUSA takes this information very seriously. They will not let you request a type of placement which they do not feel is a realistic possibility. They also expect you not to agree to a type of placement which you are not willing to undertake, but they DO expect you to have at least three internship preferences. After your meeting, your placement manager will send you an email to follow up on your discussion and confirm that they have understood your preferences, goals, and academic credit requirements. If you do not believe that the placement manager has understood these, it's essential that you notify them immediately, as once a placement has been arranged for you, you cannot change it.
What is it like to intern in Dublin, Ireland?
Dublin is the center of Irish industry, and has a very international, cosmopolitan workforce, so depending on the industry in which you are interning, the person at the next desk is just as likely to be from County Tipperary or Latvia as they are from Dublin.
It’s impossible to generalize about internships in Ireland – EUSA has found placements in fields from taxidermy to forensic accounting, and you might be working for a two-person home grown company or a multinational bank – but most students working for Irish organizations have reported that:
- The Irish workplace is generally more intimate than American professional settings. Not only are most companies smaller than their US counterparts, staff tend to socialize more frequently than in the US, and they know each other better.
- The office environment is more casual than you might expect. It is not unheard of to hear office banter, gossip, colorful language or joke telling – all commonly heard at the water cooler.
- Hierarchy is not as strong in Irish offices as it may be in the US. In Dublin, EVERYONE will make tea – from the intern to the Managing Director, and clerical work is a part of everyone’s job.
- Irish work culture is less “PC” than in the States – don’t be shocked if someone asks about your love life or tells the odd off-color joke.
- Dubliners don’t take themselves – or anyone else – too seriously. The concept of “blarney” definitely exists (though Dubliners almost never use that word) – Irish people use language very playfully. “Slagging” (gentle teasing), from co-workers is a sign that you’ve been accepted.
- Small, informal work environments also mean that placements may lack the formal structure you’re used to. Don’t expect formal induction or training days – you may have to show the initiative in introducing yourself to your coworkers.
- There is no typical work day – some companies work 8 am-6 pm, others turn up around 10:30 or 11 am and leave at 4 pm. Irish people tend to have a casual approach to timekeeping. They are generous with their time: they will not cut short a conversation or meeting just for the sake of time, nor will anyone think it’s odd to stay late at work to finish the job.
What is the student accommodation?
Interns are housed in student flats (apartments) located within a few miles city center. Standard to most large cities, students should expect at least a 45-minute commute to their workplaces, each way. Accommodation is in three-, four- or five-bedroom apartments. Each student will have their own bedroom, but share a kitchen, bathroom and common living areas.
2018 Program Cost TBA Soon!
2017 Program Cost Estimate: INTERNSHIP IRELAND - EUSA Dublin Internship (10 Weeks) - Summer 2017.pdf
What is included?
- Internship placement consultation
- Pre-Departure and onsite Orientations, including:
- Welcome reception
- Farewell reception
- Health/safety/internship orientation(s)
- Bus tour around Dublin
- Accommodation in student residences
- On-Site 24/7 emergency support
- Cultural exploration activities program
- One full day and one half day excursion
- Third party liability insurance
- Health Insurance & Evacuation Plan through GeoBlue
- On-site coaching and troubleshooting during your placement
- Mid-term and Final Evaluation report from your supervisor
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
Number of placements available?
Are passports and visas required?
Yes. A passport is an official document issued by your government, certifying the holder's identity and citizenship. All participants MUST have a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.
A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will not need to apply in advance for a visa for the EUSA Madrid internship if you are a U.S. citizen. Instead, you will enter as a tourist and provide the immigration officer with a special letter provided by EUSA.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are a BSU international student, also visit the International Students Service Office in RCIP to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States.
How do I apply?
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU
Whom can I contact for more information?
Phone: (765) 285-5422