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Summer, seasonal and short term jobs in Dublin

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Now is the time to prepare for your summer job experience abroad.

In order to help you to find a job for an experience abroad, we have selected a few organisations for each of the themes below.

You will find information on voluntary jobs or internship abroad in our other articles on the left column of this page.

Job Hunting in Ireland

Seasonal jobs can be found very easily in Dublin, providing you look for it the right way, and soon enough.

Contact an agency

You can contact one of many agencies on the market. They will provide you with cheap accommodation, and will give you leads to find a job or, very rarely, provide you with one (typically catering, or other basic jobs, but most of us started that way and this is one strong option to consider if do not like too much adventure and wish to practice your English).

Bear in mind that you will hear complaints about some of the agencies, but, hey, it's a business, so don't expect a nice luxury accommodation, a limousine to come and pick you up at the airport, ora highly paid job! They provide the basics, not a red carpet!

A few of them:

Vacancies in pubs, hotels, restaurant, catering

Get a train, bus or plane to the city and find yourself a youth hostel (see our pages on accommodation).

Then knock on every door on your way, ask around various hotels/bars/restaurants to find temporary work, particularly during the summer months when tourism is high and demanding.

It is best to turn up early in the tourist season as vacancies may be quickly filled. Be persistent as you are not the only one to look for a summer job, and success will soon come your way.

A few doors to knock on and ask for any vacancies:

  • Pubs, sandwich shops
  • Small shops such as Spar and Centre
  • Read newspapers and magazines

You will find jobs all throughout Ireland in pubs, hotels,...etc, but the busiest tourist areas are obviously cities such as Dublin, Cork, and Galway.

Types of jobs in hotels include porters, kitchen staff, waiters and waitresses, and cleaning staff. A lot of hotels also provide employees with food and accommodation, but charges may be deducted from your monthly wage.

Knowledge of English is important and you will have the opportunity to improve your linguistic skills even more.

Au Pair

This is an option for girls who are not available to become an au pair for 6 months or 1 year but who would like to improve their English over the summer months.
  • Your minimum stay is 9 weeks
  • Most placements are in the countryside

You can find more information in our Au Pair article.

Working holiday visa

We strongly recommend that you contact the embassy directly for the most up to date information.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: If you are from an EU member state or one of the countries of the EEA or Switzerland, you are entitled to come to work in Ireland. You do not need an employment permit. You are entitled to have your dependants come to live with you, provided they are arriving from another EU state where they were legally resident. If you are a spouse of an EU/EEA/Swiss national who is exercising the right of free movement, then you have similar rights to work and live in Ireland.

In general, non-EEA nationals must have a permit to work in Ireland. EEA do not need an employment permit, except for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals . Since 1 February 2007 there are a number of changes in relation to the application and granting of employment permits.
There are 4 types of employment permits:
  • Work permits : You need a visa and you must register with the immigration authorities.
  • Green Card permits
  • Spousal/dependant work permits
  • Intra-company transfer permits
Working holiday visas may be issued to Canadian, Australian and New Zealand nationals as part of a reciprocal agreement between these countries and Ireland.

To get more information have a look to Oasis web site

Discount Card

A youth card or student card can offer you a lot of advantages abroad and is a recognition of your status. Two international cards will give you discounts and are essential for those taking a gap year or going backpacking:

What the card offers:

  • Valuable discounts on air, travel, bus and ferry transport as well as accomodation (gap year backpacking discounts).
  • Access to over 33,000 discounts in over 100 countries.
  • Reduced admission to museums, galleries and historic sites.
  • Access to student travel organisations in over 90 countries.
  • 24 hour emergency, legal and medical help line services.
  • Basic sickness and accident travel insurance.

You can apply directly online to get the cards ( or by asking your university or youth centers.

You will find information on voluntary jobs or internship abroad in our other articles on the left column of this page.

Update 23/07/2012


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Summer au pair jobs in Dublin, Ireland
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