Supporting Transformative Summer Internships

A workplace readiness day hosted by LinkedIn kicked off an exciting summer for DCU Access students and neurodivergent students taking part in philanthropically-supported internships.

This summer, DCU Access to the Workplace is partnering with leading Irish companies to provide 78 professional summer internships for student groups who are known to experience disadvantage in the workplace after graduation. Through Access to the Workplace, our partner companies offer quality, paid internships that help level the playing field for DCU Access students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and for neurodivergent students.

At a pre-internship event, students gained insights into networking, conflict management, and workplace etiquette. Students had the chance to hear from Shauna Duggan, Senior Consultant in Talent Acquisition, Bank of Ireland and Gustavo Llopis and Niamh Joyce from LinkedIn, who shared their tips for a successful summer internship.

Gustavo Llopis, Global Operations Lead, LinkedIn

Support from LinkedIn Ireland and Rethink Ireland has enabled the award-winning programme’s growth and development from 2023 to 2025. The full list of DCU Access to the Workplace partner companies can be viewed here.

Internships in the Caribbean

Through DCU Educational Trust’s long-running partnership with Digicel, two DCU Access students will be travelling further afield this summer for an internship experience with a difference. This June, DCU Access students Ashley Scanlon Talintire and Gavin Friel will join the international mobile phone network provider for a 10-week work placement in Barbados.

For Marketing, Innovation and Technology (MINT) student Ashley Scanlon Talintire, this is an opportunity for both personal and professional growth. The first in her family to go to university, Ashley told us what it means to her to attain a summer internship with Digicel’s Business Insights department.

“The Digicel Internship will give me the expertise and knowledge to further my career, as well as an insight into other work cultures around the world. I’ll learn so much more about international business through working in another country. I’m excited to get going and apply the knowledge I gained from my degree in the workplace.

This experience will open so many doors for me. No matter what I do next in my career, I know I’m going to put my best foot forward.”


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