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Spend your semester in Dublin studying at Dublin City University (DCU) while interning part-time with a local startup. This program allows you to take classes and earn a semester’s worth of credit while also gaining international work experience. Live in furnished apartments and attend events with your cohort, supported by your local Sage Corps staff for the entirety of the program. 

Program Highlights

  • Study at DCU on the northside of Dublin known for its business school that is ranked in the top 5% of business schools globally or choose from a full roster of liberal arts and engineering classes.

  • Intern part-time up to 20 hours per week at a startup across a variety of industries. 

  • Spend your semester in Dublin, an international business hub and home to several tech giants including companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb and PayPal. 

  • You will fall in love with this picturesque medieval city with interesting historical sites, arts and things to explore at every turn

  • Gain unique global experience that will make you stand out in future job interviews.

Program Overview

How does this program work?

  • Apply on our Website – it’s free to start your application and apply in under 10 minutes.

  • Interview with Sage Corps – we want to learn more about you and see if you are a good fit for the program.

  • Accept Offer – Selected candidates will receive an offer to join our program. To accept, you will sign our enrollment agreement and make your initial program payment to secure your spot.

  • Enroll in Skills Academy – You will start your hard and soft skill training online in your selected professional track to help prepare you for your internship and time abroad.

  • Enroll at DCU – we’ll help you apply and enroll in DCU courses for the semester. Please note you will need to get pre-approval from your home university for transfer credit (we will help advise you!).

  • Interview with Startup – Based on your internship qualifications, we will match you with a startup for an interview. Most students receive an offer from their first startup interview, but you may need to interview with multiple startups before accepting an offer.

  • Pre-Departure Process – We will prepare you to go abroad with a detailed checklist of steps for you to follow. We will book your housing and medical insurance for you and also help advise you to apply for a visa and options for you to book your flight.

  • Go Abroad – Arrive in Dublin, attend Sage Corps’ welcome dinner and orientation, and start your internship. You will attend events and cultural activities with your cohort and our staff.

  • Start your classes – You will start classes at DCU for the semester and intern part-time alongside your class schedule.

  • Join our Alumni Network – after the program you will become part of our alumni network with networking and career opportunities.

  • 3.0 min GPA to apply*

  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.

  • Freshmen may be admitted on a case-by-case basis

  • Enrolled in a US or Canadian university

*If you fall below the GPA requirement you will be asked to provide an additional GPA statement.

You will intern part-time with a startup alongside your classes. The internship is approximately 15-20 hours per week with usually 2-3 times per week in the office depending on your role and company. The internship is not credit bearing, but sometimes students are able to earn credit through their home university.

Types of Placements

Internships in Dublin include sales/business development, digital marketing, data analytics, software development, UX/UI design, graphic design and finance/business analytics across a variety of industries.

Example Placements

  • Work as a front-end development intern at Loylap. Loylap creates customized apps for brands to sell their products online.
  • Support SQUID Loyalty as a business development intern and help source new local businesses that want to increase their revenue and customer loyalty by using the unique rewards program.
  • Intern at Outmin as a data analyst helping small and medium enterprises have more control and visibility of their finances.

Sage Corps Orientation

Our orientation program is designed to acquaint you with your new home and prepare you to make the most out of your internship. You will meet your local staff and the other Sage Corps interns in your city cohort.

Cohort Events

Throughout the program you will meet with your cohort to take part in cultural events. Examples may include a hike along the Howth Cliff Walk and the official Guinness Brewery Tour. 


Your housing is pre-arranged as part of your program. All housing is apartment style accommodation with other Sage Corps interns in the city. Although internship placement locations vary, all housing is within easy commuting distance (one hour or less) of where you’ll be interning and studying.

Local Staff

Your Dublin City Managers are your go-to local staff person during your time abroad. You will meet them upon arrival and they are there to support you as needed during your time abroad.

Sage Corps closely monitors students’ health and safety during our programming. We work with our international medical insurance provider, the U.S. State Department, and local government authorities alongside our in-country staff to ensure our students’ health and safety.

Learn more about our health and safety protocols here.

Please note that dates below will be confirmed at a later date.


Spring 2025

September 1, 2024 – Early Bird Deadline*

Early Jan – Arrive in Dublin

Early Jan – Sage Corps Orientation

TBD – DCU Orientation

Jan 13 – First Day of Classes

Jan 20 – Start Internship

April 11 – End Internship

April 12 – Lay Day of Classes

April 14-21 – Study Period

April 22 – May 4 – Exam Period

May 5 – Program Ends

*Enroll by September 1st to receive $1000 off the program

Pricing below is an estimated cost based on the 2024 program. These costs will be adjusted slightly and confirmed at a later date. 


Total program cost: $24,320

  • Educational Costs (tuition and intern programming): $15,940

  • 17-weeks housing: $8,380

Program Inclusions

  • 17-weeks housing

  • Tuition for up to 5 DCU courses

  • 2-day orientation

  • Welcome, mid-point and final dinner

  • 6 included events

  • Medical insurance

  • 24/7 local staff support in-country

  • Pre-departure advising

  • Sage Corps Skill Academy

  • Resume review

  • Interview preparation training

  • An unforgettable semester abroad!

There are a variety of ways Sage Corps applicants typically fund their program, from university grants, external scholarships, partial Sage Corps scholarships, and parental support. Many of our internship placements also provide a small stipend to help reimburse students for basic costs while abroad. Learn more.

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