TY Opportunities

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TY Opportunities2019-07-01T11:55:50+00:00

Transition Year is a great time to try out different STEM subjects and to experience what it would be like to work in science, technology, engineering and maths jobs. 

Below you can find a number of resources that can give Transition Year students the chance to experience STEM first hand! If you run a STEM-related TY programmes or have resources you would like us to add here, please get in touch with us through our contact us page.



Are you in Transition Year and would like to win a 5-day placement at NIBRT?

NIBRT have launched the 1st dedicated biopharma transition year placement program. This program is open to all students currently in transition year with an interest in STEM.

The 5-day placement in NIBRT will allow students the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art facilities and learn from scientists and engineers working in the research and training teams. The placement will conclude with a dedicated group project presented to management by the students.

Contact: https://careersportal.ie/workx/employer_search_result.php?offer_id=130. Apply through careers portal


TY Week offers Transition Year students the opportunity to experience life as a Computing student at 3rd Level.

The programme for TY Week, outlined below, covers 5 days of events over a number of weeks on campus.

Mini-Open Day: TY students are invited, along with 5th and 6th Year students, to attend the Institute as the Department of Computing & Mathematics in DkIT showcases its facilities and the types of programmes on offer from 10am-1pm. Attendees will be provided with an introduction to a wide spectrum of Computing modules and can take part in some practical tutorials.

TY Week: during these three-days, TY students will attend specific lectures (in the classroom) and accompanying tutorials (in the computer labs) conducted by DkIT students and/or lecturers.

Final Year Projects: TY students are invited to attend the presentations of Final Year Computing and Games Development students in DkIT as they showcase their project work.

Contact: https://careersportal.ie/workx/employer_search_result.php?offer_id=118 apply through careers portal

Digital Futures is a free programme offered by Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) for secondary school students, who have not yet chosen their Leaving Cert subjects. Developed by one of the founding members, Dell, and delivered by all the CWIT member companies, it is an hour long interactive session delivered by volunteer presenters at the schools. The programme hopefully inspires students to explore a career in the technology industry.

Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) is a voluntary network of leading companies in the technology sector in Ireland with a common shared goal to attract, retain and promote women in technology careers. We host and participate in a range of networking events and collaborate with a number of partners including BTYSTE, Teen Turn and DCU to deliver impactful programmes. For further information please visit www.cwit.ie.


Throughout Ireland, there is a real need to introduce ICT skills to students at an early age and there is a particular shortage of women in this sector. To date, DCU’s School of Computing has taken in over 4,000 transition year students introducing them to computer programming and encouraging them to study computer science at third level. It is also encouraging to see that, over the last 3 years, over 40% of the total intake of these students are female.

Contact: Christine.Stears@computing.dcu.ie


Transition Year students can enjoy a week of work experience with the School of Chemical Sciences, which includes working in a chemistry laboratory and learning the importance of safety when working with chemicals. Participants learn to synthesize and analyse pharmaceuticals, get a chance to use instrumentation, do some forensic analysis and learn about the applications of chemistry research. They also get a short course in Microsoft PowerPoint and give a mini presentation on their experience.

Alternatively, Transition Year students can spend a week at the School of Physical Sciences experiencing life as a physicist – doing hands on activities, such as fabricating dye sensitive solar cells and launching rockets. Students discover what it’s like to study physics in a university environment and get a chance to attend first year lectures and laboratory sessions.

Contact: https://www.dcu.ie/science_and_health/trans-yr-work-placemnt.shtml

The School of Computing in DIT is holding its annual Computing academy. Here, students from transition year will attend a week long course in DIT, where they will learn a number of new and exciting Computer Science skills such as programming robots, making computer games, building websites and developing mobile apps.



At second level Lilly is involved in helping the schools promote Science in a practical way. Examples of this are, career talks, subject targeted site tours, support for young scientist projects and transition year work experience. Lilly also sponsors a Cork County Junior Certificate Science quiz.

Contact: 021 4772699


Each year, AMBER coordinates two week-long programmes for Transition Year (TY) students. Exploring Materials takes place each Spring and Autumn. Exploring Materials lets 15 students from around the country experience what it’s like to work in AMBER for a week. We select students who are particularly interested in pursuing science as a career and can only take one student from each school.

Students will have the opportunity to experience: tours, experiments, lectures, workshops

Contact: http://ambercentre.ie/education/


The HighTechElec TY work experience programme is a collaboration between CEIA, Tyndall, UCC, CIT and CEIA member companies, developed to give TY students an insight into the high-tech careers open to them in industry and academia. Participating students will undertake a week of physics, electronics and technology-based workshops, lectures, career talks, and industry placement, culminating in an innovation competition – the TechnoDen. Through meeting and working with scientists and engineers, students will get first-hand experience of the choice of careers available to them. This unique structured one-week programme will provide a positive experience for pupils genuinely interested in taking up a science or engineering career.

Contact: https://careersportal.ie/workx/employer_search_result.php?offer_id=142


Do you have an interest in Maths and/or Science? Would you like to help make our planet smarter? Consider a career in IT….it will give you the opportunity to help make changes in the world when you graduate. IBM’s Dublin (Software) Lab is running a week-long workshop for TY students which aims at encouraging students to consider IT as an option for their future careers.

Workshop format:

Fun Team Building activities
Presentation Skills Workshop
Learn how to present to a group
Smarter Planet Challenge Day
Time on an IBM team

The workshop is open to Transition Year students, with 20 places available at each workshop. Students should have an interest in maths and/or science. Students must be available to attend for the full week and are responsible for arranging their transport to and from IBM.

Contact: https://careersportal.ie/workx/employer_search_result.php?offer_id=63. Apply through careers portal.


Cutting edge careers is a 60 – 90-minute session targeted at senior cycle secondary school students that helps to promote, educate, and provide understanding of the opportunities that exist in technology, engineering, and science careers. As part of the program, an Intel employee will visit your school and host the session which includes a presentation and Q&A. Cutting Edge Careers is ideal for Transition Year students or final year students who are considering a career in the world of technology and engineering.

Contact: intel.ireland.corporate.affairs@intel.com

Keep an eye out at this link for the 2020 programme.


The RCSI MyHealth Transition Year programme takes place annually in RCSI Dublin and RCSI Waterford and offers transition year students with the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor.

All sections of the programme are carried out by leading professionals in their respective areas with a wide variety of topics – including human anatomy, forensic medicine, surgery, obstetrics and paediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, cardiology, respiratory disease, renal disease and family practice – being covered during the programme.

Places for both the Dublin and Waterford programmes are allocated by a school’s lottery system and student selection is at the school’s discretion; RCSI takes no part in the selection process.

Contact: transitionyear@rcsi.ie

OPEN MIND Studios are week-long programmes for Transition Year students which aim to highlight the rich network of interconnections between science, the arts, culture, design, business and innovation. These programmes give students the opportunity to develop 21st Century skills – creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The workshop sessions also offer the opportunity for students to interact with leading researchers, entrepreneurs and creative individuals and get an insight into the exciting career possibilities in these fields.

Science Gallery Dublin is now accepting applications for OPEN MIND Studio 2019/2020 – any student who will be in Transition Year in 2019/2020 can apply. The closing date for applications for Term 1 is September 10th 2019, and the closing date for applications for Term 2 is December 13th 2019. There will be six OPEN MIND Studio weeks in each term.

The programme will run on 10 occasions spread throughout the school year, with 20 students from different schools nationwide participating in each week. The application for the three TY weeks taking place in Autumn 2018

Contact: typrojects@sciencegallery.com


Description: Stein Study is a young Irish company, which uses the most popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to market the Stein Study brand to students of all ages, including you and your friends.

So if you are in Transition Year and see a future in marketing, social media or travel then Stein Study has the perfect TY work experience programme for you. Just like our language holidays abroad, our TY work experience programme promises to be entertaining and challenging.

Our TY work experience programme is run on a weekly basis, 4 students each week from schools all over Ireland.

Contact: info@steinstudy.com

The School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, in partnership with companies in the region, have developed a scholarship program to encourage a larger number of students to apply for courses via the CAO in the areas of food, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, civil engineering, energy and the built environment. Current leaving certificate students who are interested in pursuing a STEM programme at IT, Tralee are eligible to apply.  The scholarship programme is worth €1,000 each year for the duration of the programme.



Description: Engineering Your Future is a week-long TY experience that gives students a hands-on, fun and practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career.

Engineering Your Future is coordinated by the Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme and is hosted by a variety of colleges and companies all over the country.

Applications open in September 2018, check back to STEPS.ie for details, criteria and full list of participating third level institutes and industry for 2019.

Register to be notified to be notified when applications open.

Contact: steps@engineersireland.ie


Work Experience Second Level (pre-Leaving Certificate students/Transition Year students)


Applicants must be 16 years or over to participate in any work placements. All applicants will be Garda vetted by Tallaght University Hospital prior to commencement of their placement. Applicants must review a presentation on hand hygiene and return a self-declaration form of completion. Applicants must complete a manual handling course externally and forward a completion certificate to the CLD. Fire training will be provided during work placement.

Contact: workexperience@amnch.ie


Description: Teen-Turn aims to provide teen girls the opportunity to gain hands-on technology experience through after school activities and through 2-week summer work placements in technology career environments with companies, both SME and Multinational, so that they can visualize themselves in those kinds of careers and therefore make third level course choices accordingly.

Contact: contact@teen-turn.com


‌The School of BEES Transition Year Programme gives secondary school students the chance to discover science at UCC in a structured way.

The students get the opportunity to study and work alongside BEES staff and students for a week and get a feel for areas like Plant Science, Zoology, Environmental Science and Geology. The week also sees the students visiting the Eureka Centre, the Boole Library and getting a guided tour of the UCC campus.

Speaking about the programme, Simona Paolacci (co-ordinator) said: “It aims to deliver a comprehensive experience of working in the area of Zoology, Ecology, Geology, Plant Science and Environmental Science through a series of lectures and practicals. It also offers the students a chance to participate in various degree courses and avail of the facilities in UCC. We hope the students enjoy their time here and benefit from the different activities, ultimately assisting them in choosing their future careers!

Contact: t.quirke@ucc.ie


The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a week-long science programme for Transition Year Students from 3rd December – 7th December 2018.

Participants in the programme will get to experience all aspects of science offered by the University of Limerick.

Contact: http://scieng.ul.ie//about_the_faculty/contact_us/


Trinity College Dublin offer a wide variety of work experience opportunities for transition year students. Students can choose from an array of subjects including bio chemistry and immunology, botany, computer science, pharmacy, zoology and lots more. Students are selected from schools all around the country to take part in these wonderful courses.

Contact: academic.registry@tcd.ie


NUI Galway is offering a Civil Engineering Programme for transition year students. This is a three-day programme and registered students will attend on each day from 9.30am to 3.45pm in the Alice Perry Engineering Building.

Contact: indiana.olbert@nuigalway.ie


The aim of our Transition Year program is to teach people how a zoo facility works and give them a taster as to what it might be like to work in that area as a career. Animals need to be cleaned and given fresh water daily but there are also come other tasks that need to be done as well such as biometrics and fecal samples to make sure that the animals are in good health.

Students will get a wide range of experience here in the zoo. Jobs range from cleaning exhibits and windows to administrative work. Most aspects of running/working in a zoo are visited over the work placement so that a student leaves with a full understanding of a work place.

Contact: info@nationalreptilezoo.ie


The transition year programme run in the Department of Science allows the students to take part in a one-week programme involving attendance and participation at a range of laboratory practicals covering a broad range of scientific disciplines.

We would cater for up to 30 students per annum (two per week). This affords the students the possibility of deciding on an area of science they would like to pursue as a future career, or alternatively decide on a discipline that best suits their particular attributes.

The programme routine covers the following areas: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical science, Biology, Food Science, Environmental science, Agriculture, Physics

Contact: https://www.wit.ie/schools/science/transition-year-science-programme#tab=panel-2


UCD Science would like to invite you to register for our Transition Year workshops taking place on Wednesday 13 March & Wednesday 20 March.

There is no charge, but registration is essential as places are limited. As such, we cannot facilitate group bookings and bookings must be made by interested individuals only. Students can register for as many workshops as they wish provided places are remaining. A waiting list will be set-up for each workshop should they book out. Places will then be offered to the waiting list if any registered student subsequently cancels a place.

Please note these workshops are only open to students currently in Transition Year. Current 5th Year students will be able to attend our 5th Year Summer School in June.

Contact: https://www.myucd.ie/visiting-ucd/events/ucd-science-transition-year-workshop-week-12-16th-february/

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