Internship Programmes

Internship Programmes

Internship and Work Placement @ CIELS


Boasting 2 Higher Education Facilities, 1 Vocational College, over 1000 international students and a total of over 6000 students, Carlow is a student paradise! 

At CIELS we offer a variety of programmes to suit the needs of everyone.

Our options include:

  1. Pure Internship: Students work five days a week in their workplace
  2. English language classes: Students combine their internship with English language and VET classes 
  3. VET modules: Students combine their internship with a VET module in Carlow's Vocational College
  4. Cultural integration activities: Students combine their internship with cultural activities including Irish music and dance, ice-break activities with local youth workers, integration sessions with other international students and more.
  5. Erasmus+ Blended Programme: Includes all of the above and is offered to vocational students from Erasmus+ Blended Programme partner schools.


    A mix of any of the above is available as CIELS strives to personalise programmes to meet the needs of each individual.


What CIELS will do for you

Essentially, CIELS will arrange everything to enable a comfortable and stress free arrival in Ireland, while ensuring that you receive what you expect from your work placement, vocational training, or English language classes.

  • Pre arrival, work placement relevant to your course of study will be arranged in consultation with you.
  • From the moment you land in Ireland, a CIELS representative will collect you at the airport and drive you to Carlow.
  • On arrival in Carlow you will be given a tour of the town taking in all of the essential locations (workplace, accommodation, shopping, etc.) along with points of interest for recreation and leisure.
  • You will be brought to your accommodation and introduced to the building manager and your housemates before being left to settle in.
  • On your first morning of work placement, our CIELS representative will bring you directly to your work placement and introduce you to your supervisor.
  • Weekly monitoring of work placement performance will be carried out.
  • After this, you should be settled in and weekly contact with CIELS will be had to ensure you are happy and everything is going as planned.
  • Of course, CIELS are contactable seven days a week for emergencies and support.


Hear what our past students had to say...


I really enjoyed my time in Ireland! The Blended Programme gave me good experiences, meeting new people, learning a new culture and language. I learned a lot at the Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow where I did my internship. I also learned a lot studying the Human Growth and Development and Work placement module. The time flew because we were having so much fun. I can't believe it's already over but I will never forget it. Blended Programme thanks for everything!


The Blended Programme was great! It was an amazing combination of the internship and college. I've learned so much at school about Human Growth and Development. My internship was great and all the Irish people are amazing! Sean, Danny and Claire helped us when we needed them, they were fantastic. Thanks for everything, this is an experience I will always remember.


My experience with the Erasmus+ Blended Programme is very positive. It gave me an opportunity to learn about Ireland, learn the English language but also I learned to be more independent. Supervisors from the Blended Programme, teachers from school and my colleagues from Hillview Nursing home helped me with everything. Blended Programme thanks for this amazing experience I will never forget it.