Access To The Workplace - Students

Access to the Workplace for Students

DCU Access to the Workplace provides DCU Access students and neurodivergent students with a fully paid, high-quality summer internship, hosted by some of Ireland’s leading companies who participate in the programme. 

Using your summer break to gain professional experience related to your degree can significantly enhance your future career prospects and social mobility. However, not all students possess the social and professional networks that can help to secure paid, professional summer work experience. 

To assist students to gain this professional experience early on in their educational journey, DCU’s Access Service and DCU Educational Trust launched the Access to the Workplace programme. 

Since its establishment in 2019, the programme has received widespread recognition for its excellence and innovation, winning the Best Business and Third Level Institution Collaboration prize at the Education Awards in 2020. The programme was also shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Best Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative Award for 2022.


To apply for our 2024 programme, please click hereIf you'd like to find out more about the programme, please contact Fiona Hudson at

Am I Eligible?

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You are eligible to participate in the programme if you are:


  • A second year DCU Access undergraduate student
  • A first year Access undergraduate student who commences your INTRA placement at the end of second year (i.e Business School students)
  • A second year neurodivergent student registered with, and supported by, the DCU Disability and Learning Support Service (DLSS)


You can apply for the DCU Access to the Workplace (ATTW) programme here.


If you'd like to know more about the programme, please contact Fiona Hudson,


What are the benefits?

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  • An opportunity to earn and learn. You will complete a fully paid, professional internship for a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks

  • Develop your knowledge, skills and competencies to fully participate and engage in a professional work environment

  • Experience a particular job or industry of interest

  • Expand your professional network and connections
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  • Exposure to industry led workshops and events hosted by top Irish companies

  • Enhance your CV for INTRA and graduate employment 

  • Opportunity to be mentored by experienced professionals in your field

DCU Engage Award - Silver 

By participating in DCU Access to the Workplace, you are also completing one out of three core elements of the DCU Silver Engage Award.

Find out about the DCU Silver Engage Award

How does the programme work?



  1. Submit online application
  2. Prepare and submit CV
  3. Participate in tailored ATTW Work Readiness Programme
  4. Matched with a suitable employer
  5. Interview with employer
  6. Commence 4 -12 week internship
  7. Participate in programme evaluation


  1. Programme sign up - philanthropic commitment
  2. Submit Employer Requirements Form
  3. Participate in Employer Engagement Programme
  4. Matched with suitable student
  5. Interview with student
  6. Provide fully paid summer internship
  7. Participate in programme evaluation


Before February 2024: Contact the Access office and register your interest to participate with John Moriarty at

March 2024: Participate in mandatory Work Readiness Programme.

April 2024: Notification of employer match for summer internship, and an opportunity to meet your employer.

May 2024: Student and employer preparatory event.

May - August 2024: Internships take place.

September 2024: Employer/Student provides feedback on Internship process.


Please contact to find out more.

Student Resources


ATTW Handbook

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ATTW Student Videos

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Toolkit For Hybrid Working

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Student Application Form

DCU's Access to the Workplace programme has been supported by LinkedIn and Rethink Ireland's Scaling Education fund since 2022, and this will continue until 2026. This support is enabling us to further develop and scale the programme.

Rethink Ireland