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Learn more on working in Ireland and submit your CV to our Recruitment Team here.
If you're interested in coming to Ireland for a summer abroad, a semester-long working holiday or a gap year away from home, Ireland is a brilliant country to do it in and USIT can help make it happen.
Providing on-the-ground support to visitors from around the globe since the 1970s, USIT is the leading youth travel organisation in Ireland. Our local experts will help you find your way in Ireland – assisting you from the visa application stage to finding housing and jobs upon arrival – while also providing a warm welcome with ongoing social events to help you feel at home.
With USIT's Work in Ireland Program you can take up any paid job in any industry, anywhere in Ireland. Whether you land a job in hospitality in Galway, a retail setting in Cork or a multicultural office in Dublin, you’ll have the flexibility to travel the country, soak up the atmosphere of Ireland’s charming towns and cities, and discover all that the Emerald Isle has to offer – and believe us, there's a lot.
In an attempt to postpone real life after college, I said goodbye to California's sun and moved to Dublin in seek of adventure! Work in Ireland, was a lifesaver of a resource throughout the process. By some miracle, I even landed a job as USIT's receptionist my second day in Ireland! It has been so much fun working for USIT and getting to meet new people from different parts of the world in the office every day. The ease of traveling is my favorite part about living in Europe, so I am using this year to fulfil my wanderlust and soak up the different cultures. What are you waiting for, come on into USIT and say hi!
After spending seven weeks studying at Trinity College last summer I knew I had to get back to Ireland. So, I applied for the internship here at USIT and was lucky enough to get it! When I arrived in Dublin two weeks ago, I knew I made the right decision coming back. I've spent my free time hiking in Glendalough, enjoying the pubs and wandering markets outside of the city centre. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the country and meeting everyone in the program. Stop in and introduce yourself!
I was working in Toronto at a job I enjoyed having a great, comfortable life. Still, I had the feeling staying at my comfort zone would only take me so far. I remembered back to my post-university dreams of living abroad instead of settling into "a normal life". Then I became aware of an amazing job opportunity in Dublin at the Irish Cancer Society. A few Skype calls later and lo and behold, I had a new job! The SWAP/Work in Ireland program out of USIT really helped to make the move happen. I was exceptionally lucky to have a job lined up in Ireland by the time I arrived, and at 35 years-old I was just under the wire for being eligible for the visa application. Six weeks later I'm in Dublin, settling in to an amazing flat in an incredible city full of friendly people.
I decided a year ago to take a gap year before university. I wanted to live and travel before investing myself in a lot of studying. With this in mind, I hopped on the plane the 10th of September for Dublin. I stayed there a couple of days and then moved to Cork, the city where my friends and I planned to stay for the next few months. Even though it's the 2nd biggest city in Ireland, it's a lot smaller then Dublin and I really enjoy that. We also learned that Cork has the harder accent of Ireland. Imagine us, three French-Canadians asking to everyone to repeat a hundred times. After a month and a half, I finally got a job working for Amazon, and my life in Ireland could now begin!
After arriving in Dublin in January, Marie has been having a blast in the capital city. She settled in nicely with her job and has made lifelong friends. She has taken a few road trips with her newly made friends all around Ireland. Out of the many places she has visited, some of her favorite places are Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry. She describes her time here as "an experience of a lifetime, one of the best decisions I've made to come and work in Ireland for 12 months"
I didn't really know what to expect when I moved to Dublin, so when i stepped out of the airport and ventured into the city I thought: 1) OMG it really is as cold as everyone says it is, lucky I listened to my mum and brought my coat. 2) Why are people wearing sweatpants outside? Is that acceptable? I can't wait to join in. 3) I have no idea where that street sign is pointing, what street Iâ€™m even on, or which way is north!? Thank goodness for google maps. After two weeks I am definitely starting to be charmed by Ireland, the people are really lovely and I still have plenty more places to explore, pubs to visit, and dark cobbled alleyways to get lost down, I love the history of the place and can't wait to see what the next 9 months bring!