Why Dublin, Ireland?

Stint Ireland Director Melanie McDowell recently took some time to discuss the working holiday (gap year) visa to Ireland. Currently, there is a real opportunity for graduates to obtain employment in Ireland, especially those with qualifications within the financial and legal industries. Melanie explains all things gap year and how the application process can be easy with the right support.

What is the working holiday visa?

The Working Holiday Visa allows recent American graduates to come to Ireland to live and work for a full year, and for young Canadians (up to 30 yrs) to come for two years.


Currently, there is a huge opportunity for those with university qualifications in areas such as finance and law


What are the benefits of taking a gap year in Ireland?

Ireland is a great place to take a Working Holiday given the thriving job market in Dublin. There are diverse work opportunities in professional sectors like legal and finance, as well as more creative areas like marketing, and graphic design.  Being English speaking, jobs are really available in any area. Currently, there is a huge opportunity for those with university qualifications in areas such as finance and law. Employers are willing to pay approximately €15-€18 per hour. We connect graduates with our employment partner before they arrive in Ireland, this provides the opportunity to network and connect with the right opportunities. Outside of work, Dublin makes a great base for exploring Ireland and Europe. 


(Some of our gap year Stinters enjoying Dublin)
 Why would you recommend for recent grads/grads to apply?
I remember feeling a bit lost after graduation and under a lot of pressure to find a successful career fit without really knowing what I wanted to do.  The decision to travel to Cape Town and find work there was one of the best decisions of my life.  Far from delaying my career path, it really set me on my way.  I think the opportunity to travel and work abroad is fantastic and can hugely help set you on your way, whatever way that may be!
How can someone apply to Stint?

Applying to Stint is easy.  Just submit an enquiry on our website and one of our team will be in touch to set up a call to answer all your questions. We are a small program and really like to get to know all of our Stinters individually.

How to be a digital nomad



Here at Stint Ireland, we are always challenging ourselves and what we do. When we say that we provide tailored experiences, we mean it. We recently caught up with Stinter Caroline Burden. Caroline is working remotely for a startup in Washington D.C. whilst on a working holiday visa in Ireland. Although not a very traditional way of experiencing a gap year, it is a pretty cool way!


“But how?”- we hear you ask.


We’ve got a three-part series where Caroline discusses all things remote work and living in Ireland. 

Part One

In the part one Caroline covers how the merging of her working holiday and remote work came about.


Part Two

Part two Caroline tells us what an average day looks like and how connecting with the startup scene in Dublin has been beneficial.


Part Three

And lastly, in part three, Caroline provides us with her top three tips for combining a working holiday with remote work. 



Note: Currently Dublin is booming with startups, tech companies and much more. There is a huge need for graduates with skills and experience within computer science, web development, data analysis, web architecture, data mining, cyber security, SEO/digital marketing, mobile development and much more.


If you’re interested in hearing more about our working holiday program simply fill out our enquiry form

Fancy an early Christmas present?! Well…

We teamed up with Go Abroad to give one lucky person a working holiday experience of a lifetime! 


To give you a little insight into what your working holiday could look like, we caught up with Khaki Bowman, a gap year Stinter. Khaki tells us all about why she decided to take a working holiday (a.k.a gap year) to Ireland and much more. 


What Could I Win?

We want to give one lucky person the experience of a lifetime!

Grand prize:

  • Stint Ireland Gap Year Program
  • 365-day Medical & Travel Insurance provided by Volunteer Card
  • 8 weeks shared accommodation in Dublin
  • International flight stipend from StudentUniverse
  • Weekend trip in Europe from Andy Steves Travel

Am I Eligible?

If you are from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, and the USA, then you are eligible to enter our Gap Year Giveaway. As the conditions and eligibility criteria differ for each country, participants must double check the eligibility criteria for their specific nationality on the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

How Can I Enter?

Simply visit the Go Abroad Gap Year Giveaway competition page.

Team Stint would like to wish the very best of luck to all participants that enter!

Intern Chats with University of Arizona Graduate Lauren Ponsi

Summer 2017 was a blast- what an incredible few months. We wish we could rewind and do it all again! We had a pretty awesome bunch of Stinters and it’s with great pleasure to introduce Lauren Ponsi. Lauren interned at Pure Results Bootcamp, where she got lots of first-hand experience in marketing and PR. Lauren provided us with a little insight into her internship experience in Dublin.

Let’s hear from Lauren…
Tell us why you chose to do an internship?

I wanted to gain real world experience in the degree field. 


…and why Ireland?

The country is beautiful, the people are so friendly and the CRAIC (see here for urban dictionary explanation!).


The best thing about Dublin is…

You can find something to do any night of the week (Dicey’s €2 pints are also not bad!)


(Lauren with Stinter Madison Wallace, enjoying a craft beer)

If you could give future intern abroad participants one piece of advice, what would that be?

Don’t be afraid to venture on your own, sounds scary, but you find the best treasures when it’s just you and yourself. 


The weirdest thing about Dublin is…

When you’re crossing the street, cars will actually speed up! Like “Hey mate, I would have crossed in plenty of time but you had to speed up and now I broke a sweat from the mild jog!’. 


And of course, the most important question of all- tea of choice (Barrys or Lyons)?



Lauren recently graduated and will be returning to Ireland (and Stint) as a gap year participant in 2018. Catch Lauren over on Instagram (@laurenmarie), where you can follow both her internship and gap year journies!


As summer ends, we are busy planning for 2018 and with that, we want to let you know we just launched our 2018 Early Bird discount. Apply to our Stint Internship Program before October 15th, 2017 and get 10% off your program fee. If you’re ready to apply, great- click here.