Student Research and Work Experience Opportunities

Students are encouraged to make contact with the Careers and Employability Service, which is dedicated to empowering students to make informed decisions, develop future-focused skills and competencies, insights and awareness needed to excel personally, professionally and transition to work or further study. Book an appointment with a Careers Advisor or Submit a Query on Careers Connect.
Experience and Job Opportunities

The Summer Programme for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) – this UpSkill programme offers you the opportunity to secure a six-week paid summer research placement, across a range of disciplines.​ Non-final year undergraduate students can apply to when applications open in February each year. Keep an eye on Careers Connect for more information.

Virtual Work Experiences - All students also have access to Forage, an online resource which offers virtual experience programmes designed by leading companies. Students develop skills and gain a real understanding of different roles and sectors by working through these self-paced modules, with tasks similar to those you would undertake during a traditional internship.

Micro Internships – These UpSkill opportunities are available to all students and provide valuable short-term professional experience where you contribute to defined professional projects alongside your studies. Micro Internships are advertised year-round to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) on Careers Connect. Simply search for the opportunity and apply using the online application form.

On the Careers Connect portal, the Careers and Employability Service also advertise part-time jobs, internships, graduate jobs and other opportunities. You should update your profile and opt to receive regular email alerts of new opportunities specific to your preferences. If you’re interested, visit Careers Connect. Search for “Jobs” or Click on the Resources Button to access Forage.

Alumni Mentoring

The MU Alumni Mentoring programme supports the development of student preparedness for work, life and engaged citizenship through informed career insights and empowering students to achieve their career aims. It pairs current students with past students (alumni) who offer advice, guidance and support. It takes place in Semester 2 each year.

Maynooth University penultimate and final year undergraduate students from all disciplines are welcome to participate. Applications open early in Semester 1 and it takes place during Semester 2. Keep an eye on Careers Connect for more information.


Skills Test and UpSkill Pathways: Students can self-assess their skills on Careers Connect, and gain access to e-learning pathways to develop skills in areas identified as needing focus. If you’re interested, log in to Careers Connect and Click on the Resources Button, or navigate to  the “Skills” section of the platform for your Skills Assessment.