So you’ve decided to apply for one of our programmes? Let us be the first to say we think you’ve made a great decision! What next then? Well we anticipated that you might have some questions on the whole internship application process. The good news is that it’s very simple and we’re on hand throughout to help.

The information below should get you through the whole internship application process in five easy steps – simple!

WHEN CAN I START?Your Future Starts with Us

Good question! The great news is that our programmes are flexible and available year round. You can choose your own preferred start date and this will then be matched with the options available for you. You will however need to allow 2-4 months lead time so book early.


There are lead times involved in all of our programmes. They differ in time, though as a rule we ask applicants to allow 2-4 months for new projects. If you are applying for an existing vacancy this time may be more flexible.


It’s very important that we know what you want. The more you can tell us, the better we can plan for your training, and the happier you will be! What we would like you to do then is to write a letter which outlines what you would like to get from the project, from a language skill improvement and what sector/s you would like to work in. Please include 3 distinct areas to work in, for example, financial services, legal secretary, and office admin and list them in order of preference. We will use your letter of motivation to get a better picture of you as a trainee and it will help inform our selection decisions.


Just follow these 5 easy steps to begin your career adventure!

  1. Enquiry & Assessment – Complete our simple online booking procedure. If you are eligible for a programme you will be sent an application form.
  2. Application & Processing – Complete and return the application form. Send all the required supporting documentation, including your letter of motivation.
  3. Pre-Screening – You will need to participate in a pre-screening interview after which Partnership International will negotiate your internship details.
  4. Confirmation & Payment – Partnership International will arrange an interview for you with the Host Organisation. If successful the internship will be confirmed with a formal Training Agreement. Any outstanding fees must be paid at this stage.
  5. Programme Participation – Congratulations! You can successfully start your internship! You will be given a full orientation by our team before you leave.  

Please note that Partnership International will need 2 months to negotiate the internship and process the application.  


The bits we need from you

Primary Application Documents

  • Completed Application Form
  • Current CV, including colour passport photo (Word Doc)
  • Letter of Motivation (Word Doc)
  • Any other training or academic document that needs to be completed prior to arrival

Secondary Application Documents

  • Evidence of current medical, accident, travel and personal liability insurance.


We never like to stay still, so we’re always expanding our list of destinations and the programmes we offer (it’s a great excuse for some foreign travel!). At the moment what we have available can be found below, but keep checking back in as more destinations will be added as we expand!

  • Paula

    (Madrid, Spain)

    This experience have been really positive for me. I have learned how to live independently, how to value a lot of things (a job, a weekend, to do the shopping, to save money, to spend money in a responsible way, etc.). I also have demonstrated to myself that I am a professional and that I enjoy teaching a lot. Now I know that I am qualified to be a teacher in a different country with a different language. I recommend this programme for everybody because it is fantastic!

  • Camille


    Réaliser un stage à Cork a été une opportunité extraordinaire pour booster ma future carrière! Le stage répondait à mes attentes de A à Z, j’ai eu l’occasion de travailler au sein d’une équipe dynamique, et j’ai énormément appris, aussi bien d’un point de vue professionnel que personnel. De plus, l’Irlande est un pays magnifique, il est impossible de ne pas tomber sous son charme! Si j’ai un conseil à vous donner, c’est de faire confiance à Partnership International pour votre stage à l’étranger!

  • Steph


    With my internship, organised by Partnership International, I got to visit many different Irish companies and was involved with introducing international students to them. I was also involved with inductions and orientations for foreign students. My work also included office administration. My colleagues were really nice so the working experience was very good. And I got to see a bit of Ireland while there. I’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher, a whiskey distillery, a falconry and many places more. So, overall it was a great experience and I would totally recommend it!

  • Asisa

    (Kronach, Germany)

    First of all, I really love Cork! The people are very nice and friendly. My placement was with a very cool and friendly company as well. I enjoyed the time with my cool colleagues and boss! My work was familiar to me because I translated documents like I am learning in Germany. I would recommend an internship in Cork for every student because it is worth it. You improve your language skills and learn the culture. The Irish accent is also very cool but funny as well! So, I really enjoyed my time here. Thank you Partnership International!

  • Christian

    (Berlin, Germany)

    So after all, I have to say it was an absolutely great opportunity to get to know a new country/city, people and to make an intercultural experience. I am lucky that Partnership International organised everything so well and that they were hands-on to their students the entire trip. Thanks very much for everything and keep doing what you are doing! It will definitely not be my last time in Ireland and you helped me to open new ways! Cheers!

  • Xabier


    Me ha gustado mucho realizar unas prácticas de 3 meses en Cork. De hecho, voy a quedarme aquí otros 3 meses más (¡la empresa donde hice las prácticas me ha contratado!). La ciudad es muy agradable y todo el mundo es muy atento, amable y con una mente muy abierta. Lo peor, como español, es el tiempo y los precios. Mi inglés ha mejorado mucho y he viajado por esta magnífica isla, así que creo que esta experiencia ha sido perfecta. Tomé una gran decisión al animarme a hacer las prácticas con Partnership International. La bienvenida tanto de Partnership como de la empresa fueron excelentes.

  • Laura

    (Bordeaux, France)

    My internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and to improve my professional skills in a foreign language. It was a great opportunity for me to gain practical skills and work within a professional team. The lessons I learned as an intern are still with me today and I’m thankful to all the team of Partnership International who were a real pleasure to deal with. I would recommend an experience like this to everyone.