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Brown/Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA) in Dublin: Contemporary Global Politics and Internship 2019

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Topic: Global Politics & Internship 
City: Dublin, Ireland
Credit: 4 US credits 
Approx Dates: June 2 - August 3
Application Deadline: February 20
Faculty: Trinity College faculty
Pre-requisites: None
Eligibility: Good academic standing; 3.0 GPA 


Experience the rich history and culture of Ireland through the lens of an academic course and internship placement. This 9-week summer program, which consists of both a Contemporary Global Politics course taught by Trinity College Dublin faculty and a 6-week unpaid EUSA internship in a variety of disciplines, offers students an extraordinary opportunity to integrate into Irish life. The class earns 1 course unit/4 US credit hours and includes local excursions. A wide variety of internships are available in well-known companies in many industry sectors, as well as with smaller, innovative organizations. Students live in local residence halls and have many opportunities to explore Dublin. 

Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)

The Brown/CASA Ireland summer program is offered by the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), which is comprised of several leading research universities in the US and abroad. CASA member institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Melbourne, the University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University. Brown/CASA programs currently are offered in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ireland, and Spain. Brown University is the administering institution for the CASA Dublin Summer Program in 2019. Trinity College Dublin is the transcripting institution. 

Course and Excursions

Students enroll in the following course taught by Trinity College Dublin faculty. Each student's course and grade will appear on a Trinity College Dublin transcript.

Contemporary Global Politics

All students enroll in a course focusing on contemporary politics before their internship placement begins. The course, which meets at Trinity College Dublin and is taught by their faculty, offers an overview of contemporary topics in international politics, as well as themes related to Irish politics and society. The international system is a complex and constantly evolving environment. Interactions between states and non-state actors, such as multinational corporations and international non-governmental organizations, produce outcomes that we read about every day. This course offers the student a set of theoretical tools to help understand why these outcomes emerge. Local excursions allow students to relate course content to various sites in and around Dublin.

Internship Placements

Students participate in a 6-week Dublin internship arranged by EUSA. 

From politics to the arts, the EUSA placement team provides a broad spectrum of intellectually engaging internships based on a student’s field of interest, professional goals, and skill set. Internship placements do not have to be related to the Contemporary Global Politics course content. Below are just a few of the industries available in Dublin:

  • Arts & Culture 
  • Business
  • Communications & Media 
  • Healthcare & Education
  • Politics, Law, & NGOs  

Examples of specific placements from past summers are at the bottom of this page.

After a student is accepted and confirms their participation in the program (via a program deposit sent to Brown University), EUSA will contact them about the next steps in the internship placement process. Each student will have an initial online interview with a EUSA representative via Skype, Face Time., or similar platform to begin that process. After this interview, EUSA will search for placement organizations matching the student's interests, skills, and goals and let them know in due time about the placement they have found. Students are notified accordingly and will be asked to confirm that they accept their internship placement. All students will have a final interview with the internship organization after their arrival in Dublin to finalize the placement process. 

Housing and Meals

Students live in a Trinity College student residence hall for the duration of the 9-week program. The fully furnished rooms consist of a bed, wardrobe, desk, and bathroom, shared kitchen/living area, and internet connection. Located a short distance from the Dublin city center, the residence hall is easily accessible to Trinity College and all internship placements. Students cook for themselves or eat out in Dublin. 

Program Costs and Financial Aid

Each student's summer program bill will cover the following: fees for 1 course unit/4 US credit hours, housing at Trinity Hall, airport pickup, orientation, welcome tour and dinner, course-related field trips, and EUSA internship placement and support/services. The amount billed does not include airfare, food/meals, local transportation, personal expenses, personal travel, or health insurance - students are expected to pay for those on their own. More information on estimated expenses is available here.  

Students seeking grant and loan possibilities should discuss options with their home institution's study abroad and/or financial aid office. In addition, students can apply for outside scholarship funding through other organizations. Visit the following websites for further information regarding scholarship opportunities: 



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