Summer, seasonal and short term jobs in Dublin


When looking for a short-term work in Ireland, keep in mind that English is the state language. Those who are not English speakers will encounter very limited offers of job positions. The friendliest industries for expats are in IT companies and tourism.

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

Common Short-term Positions in Ireand

The availability of short-term positions for expats can vary by the sphere of work. Positions in such fields as IT / programming are available all year long. On the other hand, job offers in tourism-related industries are more frequent in the summer season and significant dates, such as March 17th (Saint Patrick's day), Easter holidays, or around Christmas.

Irish agencies for Short-Term Work

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.

A few of them:

Search Engines for Short-Term Work

Search engines allow you to scan a great variety of jobs and narrow down your search on certain criteria. It is also a good idea to post your CV online so hiring managers can find you. They may also allow you to sign-up for e-mail alerts when new jobs become available.

The following are the biggest search engines available in English.


As part of the EU, job seekers can access the European job mobility portal EURES. This resource provides information about job vacancies and the labour market. It also provides information on the living and working conditions and a CV posting service.

Au Pair

Another way to settle in a country, it is by working as an "au pair". This person is in charge of taking care of the children and lives within the home of the family. The au pair is provided accommodation and meals and a stipend of spending money. The family gains a loving caretaker for their children and an addition to the family.

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

You will find more information on Au Pair in "Au Pair in Ireland/Dublin" section of the guide for full details.

Networking and Forums

Sometimes getting a job is about knowing the right people. Talk to friends, family, and business contacts to see if they have connections in the area you would like to work. Expat events can also be a great way to find out how other expats found work and see if their company has any openings. Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedln or expat forums.


Several papers have a helpful classified's section. These include:

Student Employment Contract

  • Students from the EEA - If you are from a EEA country and you are studying in Ireland on an approved course, you may take up casual work - a maximum of 20 hours a week in term time and full time during the holidays - without an employment permit.
  • Students from outside the EEA - Students attending a full time course and in possession of a GNIB card are entitled to take up casual employment provided that the course of study is included on the government's list of visa eligible courses. Casual employment is defined as up to 20 hours part-time work per week, except for two standardised periods when it is permissible to work full-time (i.e. up to 40 hours per week). The periods are 15th December to 15th January and 1st June to 30th September only, corresponding to the traditional summer and winter college holidays. These dates are fixed for all non-EEA students, regardless of the actual college teaching calendar for their course. Colleges are no longer able to issue holiday letters documenting a student as available to work full-time outside of these dates.

For more information visit the Irish Council for International Students

Working Holiday Visa for Ireland

Working holiday authorisations may be issued to nationals of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, USA, Taiwan and South Korea as part of a reciprocal agreement between these countries and Ireland. If you are on a working holiday authorisation you are not permitted to transfer over to a General Employment Permit.

For further information contact:

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Employment Permits Section
Davitt House
65a Adelaide Road
Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 417 5333
Fax:+353 1 631 3268

Discount Cards for Students in Ireland

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

ISIC (International Student Identity Card)

Issued in over 130 countries, the ISIC card serves as an internationally recognized proof of student status and offers discounts in over 125.000 locations worldwide. It is issued for full-time students over the age of 12. Depending on the country, its price varies from 4 to 25 USD.

The ISIC card can be purchased online or at a local ISIC issuer. You will need a proof of your student status, an ID document, and a passport sized photo. The card is valid up to 16 months; its start and expiration dates depend on the academic year of the country where you purchase the card.

To find businesses that give discounts for ISIC card owners see the discounts worldwide.

The ISIC offers two additional cards that offer many of the same benefits and discounts and can be obtained either online or at a local issuing office:

ISE Card (International Student Exchange Card)

An internationally recognized identification card with thousands of discounts in over 80 countries. It is valid for one year from date of issue. Students of ANY age are eligible, as well as faculty members, children and young adults from 12-25. The price is 25 USD and you can purchase it online.

Update 14/10/2017


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