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Data Protection Commission

 Legal Internship Programme Summer 2018


The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) invites third level educational institutions to submit applications on behalf of suitable candidates for participation in the DPC’s summer 2018 Legal Internship Programme (the Programme).
Participation in the Programme is restricted to third level undergraduate students currently undertaking a law degree or a degree which includes a substantial element of legal studies (e.g. a joint degree in law and another discipline). Applications from students/ persons currently undertaking a course of post-graduate studies will not be considered. However, applications in respect of candidates who will complete their undergraduate studies at the end of the 2017/18 academic year (i.e. summer 2018) will be considered. 
It is anticipated that a maximum of three internships on this Programme will be offered to suitable candidates who will be selected following an assessment of the applications submitted in accordance with the application process set out in this notice.

Outline of Duties of Interns

The Programme is a unique opportunity for interns to gain first-hand experience of the data protection regulatory environment in Ireland and an invaluable insight into the role of the DPC’s office, as one of Europe’s foremost data protection authorities. Anticipated tasks of interns may include but are not limited to: conducting legal research on data protection and other legal issues; assisting in the drafting of legal advisory documents, policy documents, guidance materials and other documents; providing general paralegal and administrative assistance to members of the DPC’s legal division and; other miscellaneous tasks connected to supporting the staff of the DPC in performing the DPC’s functions under Irish and EU legislation.

Internship Details:

  • Internships will be offered to successful applicants conditional on a commitment to participating in the Programme for a continuous period of between 4 and 8 weeks;
  • Internships will be full-time, requiring attendance at the DPC’s Dublin office from Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm each day (excluding 1 hour lunch);
  • Internships will be unpaid and there will be no compensation of any kind for any costs or expenses incurred in connection with participation in the Programme; and
  • Applicants who are offered an internship will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement in advance of commencement on the Programme.


Applicants for the Programme should possess the following knowledge and skills:
  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in, EU and Irish data protection law;
  • Strong academic credentials;
  • Sophisticated legal writing, legal research and legal analysis skills;
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills;
  • Ability to organise their time, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner; and
  • Strong information technology skills including use of Microsoft Office applications, legal research databases and other online legal resources.

Application Process


Applications for the Programme must be submitted by third level educational institutions on behalf of their undergraduate students who wish to apply for the Programme. Each third level educational institution may submit a maximum of three applications.
Applications which are not submitted by the relevant third level educational institution of the applicant will not be considered.
Each application should include the following documents:
  • Student’s curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages in length);
  • Letter from the student (no more than 2 pages in length) outlining why they wish to participate in the Programme and how they believe they satisfy the requirements detailed above; and
  • Covering email/ letter from the applicant’s third level educational institution indicating that they have selected the student in question as an applicant for the Programme.
Applications should be emailed to DPCInternship@dataprotection.ie with “2018 Summer Internship Programme” in the email subject line. Third level educational institutions submitting applications (as outlined above, no more than 3 applications per institution) are requested to ensure that the applicants put forward by them meet the requirements criteria, as detailed above.
Applications for the Programme will be assessed on the basis of written applications, having regard to the specifications and requirements outlined in this notice. Where required, candidates may be shortlisted for interview in order to select the most suitable participants for the Programme.
The deadline for applications for the Programme is Friday, 20 April 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered.