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What is a work placement?

It's a three-way partnership between the employer, the HEI and the student.  It gives you the chance to recruit a valuable source of skilled labour for your business/organisation and provides a pipeline for your future recruitment needs.

Work Placements vary in duration and the awarding of credits. Generally speaking, the terms ‘work placement’ and ‘internship’ have the same meaning - a period of pre-career full-time work experience at a company.  However, work placements are usually held during the academic term time (with academic credits allocated) whereas internships are usually offered to graduates outside of term time and after graduation.  Some employer organisations may also offer summer internships to undergraduate students.

At IT Tallaght the majority of work placements are for either three months or six months and carry between 20 and 30 credits ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).   Some placements are for a shorter period of two to eight while international work placements can be for one year.  On other programmes, particularly in the areas of Accountancy and Finance, summer and graduate internships are supported.

Aside from structured work placements and internships, many programmes also incorporate project-based assignments that can offer valuable engagement opportunities to employers.

If you are interested in engaging with IT Tallaght to offer a student work placement, internship or industry project(s) please find below the list of programmes and the contact persons.  

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