POL42300 SPIRe Internship

Academic Year 2023/2024

The SPIRe internship is designed to allow graduate students to gain the skills that can be applied to future careers and to apply learning from their taught programmes. Completing an internship allows students to apply relevant learning to a real-world setting. With effective mentorships, the internship will also allow students to assess career paths and see what the work setting looks like, and its potential. The internship also provides relevant professional experience to build an attractive CV and will increase a students knowledge and skills base. Effective internship mentors will also provide career information and introduction to professional networks. They may also act as references for future jobs.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the internship, students will have:

Developed knowledge and skills acquisition of direct relevance to their graduate programme as well as having applied their learning in a relevant professional context.
Applied and cultivated professional skills such as self-confidence, interpersonal skills, working effectively with others, professional meeting/email/telephone etiquette, networking, written communication, relationships with supervisors, time
management, organization, decision making, etc.
Acquired relevant career knowledge and gained new information regarding their prospective professional career path

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is self-directed professional internship with mentored support 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Journal: Five reflective Journal entries and summative essay Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The typical internship lasts about 10-12 weeks, in which case the student submits a reflective essay every two weeks – for internships of different duration, the time gap can be adjusted, as long as it is equidistant and leads to five reflective essays in total, covering the full period of the internship. The UCD supervisor provides brief feedback, typically by email or via BrightSpace.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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