LING40380 MA Internships

Academic Year 2021/2022

- Work-based learning and work experience through the completion of a self-sought internship in a company/organisation/entrepreneurial structure.
- Duration: 280 to 320 working hours. The internship can be completed part-time throughout the Spring/Summer trimesters or in an eight-week block during the summer trimester.
- Application of linguistic, sociolinguistic, intercultural, theoretical, etc. knowledge, principles and practices in a professional setting.
- Submission of a career development plan and a self-reflective report.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the internship, students should be able to:
1. Apply relevant linguistics-related concepts (text analysis, text mining, speech therapy, syntactic analysis, speech synthesis, translation, etc.) in a professional setting.
2. Formulate a career development plan based on a critical self-assessment of personal and professional skills and competences (e.g. timeliness, ability to work with little supervision, leadership, creativity, etc.)
3. Relate theories and concepts in Linguistics with professional practice in the industry through a critical reflection on the work-based learning experience.

Indicative Module Content:

- The internship gives students the opportunity to apply and deepen the skills, knowledge and abilities learned during Trimesters 1 and 2 to actual professional settings while acquiring new skill sets, such as engaging in actual problem solving and decision-making as well as planning, implementing, and evaluating activities.
- The placement will help students prepare for the contemporary workplace through their exposure to real-life and professional activities and challenges (teamwork, supervision, tight deadlines, etc.) and numerous interactions with industry professionals (line managers, team members, clients, etc.)
- The internship will also allow students to broaden their understanding of the different professions available in their field and help them identify the field(s) of expertise they wish to specialise in.
- The placement is also a great opportunity to start building essential industry-related networks.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Blended learning:
- Online and/or face-to-face supervision.
- Real-life or virtual internship.

- One-on-one meetings with internship supervisor and faculty supervisor.
- Biweekly reports and reflective journal from students of activities, potential critical incidents, skill acquisition, critical reflection, etc.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LING40240 - MA Thesis, LING40390 - MA research papers

Additional Information:
Students will be requested to attend internship preparation seminars with UCD careers. Formal approval of the internship (company, activities, relevance, etc.) by the Programme Director/Internship Supervisor.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Journal: - A 5,000-word self-reflective report on the whole internship experience . Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Fieldwork: Evaluation by the internship provider/supervisor of the student-intern performance of tasks and overall professional attitude. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

• Individual feedback to students from the internship provider/supervisor. • Individual feedback to students from the faculty supervisor (Report).

Name Role
Professor Bettina Migge Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Máire Ní Chiosáin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Feargal Murphy Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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