The Faculty of Enterprise + Humanities has been running the work placement programme on its degree programmes since 2010.
The programme is very well regarded in the arts, cultural, business and media industries.
Placements usually commence on the first week of January and continue for 17 weeks from that date.
Students not only get a clearer idea of a career path, but it assists in transitioning from college life to the working world.
Work Placement Programme Documents
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
1. Work Placement Duration
Work Placement takes place in the second term of the Academic Year. Placements usually commence on the first week of January and continue for 17 weeks from that date.
2. Placement Remuneration
Placements may be paid or unpaid, depending on the employer. We advise employers that lunch and travel expenses be covered, where possible. Where students are working remotely a stipend should be provided to the student to cover expenses related to Wi-Fi, phone, and electricity costs.
Students should remember that work placement is an opportunity for students to learn and develop new skills in an alternative environment to the classroom.
3. Can I source my placement myself?
Yes, we encourage you to self-source a placement. However, please ensure you have reviewed and discussed your CV with your Work Placement Co-coordinator before applying. Your placement must be confirmed and approved by the Work Placement Coordinator before you begin your placement.
4. I am expected to work remotely for part or all my placement, is that OK?
We expect several placements will become remote working experiences. If your placement involves any remote working, then please let your Work Placement Co-ordinator know. We strongly advise that your employer provides you with the necessary technical resources, equipment and support so that you can conduct your role. Most employers will provide induction and training, which should include how to access their services for staff remotely.
If my work placement involves working remotely, is there any advice or tips?
Remote working setup:
- Ensure you have the tools you need to do your job e.g. good access to internet, approved video conferencing app as used by your placement organisation, noise cancelling headphones. Other usual equipment includes wireless keyboards and mouse.
- If you need to make phone calls to your work colleagues, discuss with your Work Supervisor/manager any costs incurred and how to expense it.
- Find out the process for document sharing such as Google docs, SharePoint, OneDrive etc. for your placement organisation.
- Protect your workspace and time: Set up a work area where there are few distractions from others and set office hours. Set ground rules for people who you share your space and communicate these to family/flatmates. If possible, blur your background for conference calls, a facility you will find in ‘Settings’ in most video conferencing apps.
- Ergonomics: Use a comfortable chair with good back support and if possible, a headset for conference calls. Know your employer’s remote working policy: Follow procedures and guidelines of your placement organisation on remote working.
- Keep to a schedule: Keep yourself to a schedule especially when it comes to the beginning and the end of the day.
- Communication: Since you are not in an office and a few desks down from your co-workers or manager, schedule 1-1 meetings to connect with your work colleagues or manager regularly through online chat or video conferencing. Keeping up regular communication is important as working from home can sometimes feel isolating.
- Take time out for yourself: When the line between “work” and “home” sometimes gets blurred, and you can find yourself stuck on your computer screen for a longer period. Set a regular routine. Schedule regular breaks and give yourself time off for fitness, well-being and ensure you are eating healthy. Know when to “log-off” and it is important to set regular breaks and an official “log-off” time for the end of your working day.
5. Do I have to make up time off for bank holidays?
No. Bank holidays are public holidays for employees and therefore work placement students.
6. I have a Doctor’s appointment/important family event on one of the days that I am on work placement. Who do I contact to get time off work?
You should contact the Work Placement Supervisor in your workplace and then advise your Work Placement Co-ordinator in IADT. In cases where a medical note or a hospital letter is available confirming a medical appointment or treatment then the students do not have to make up the hours taken off work.
7. I want to take a few days off/a weeks’ holidays on work placement. Who do I contact to organise this?
You should advise your Work Placement Co-ordinator and then liaise with your Work Placement Supervisor to agree this time off. If you take a week off then you must work a week past the initial 17 weeks work placement deadline in order to fulfil the 17 weeks criteria.
8. I have a profile of Learner Needs. Do I have to make my employer aware of this before I start work placement?
It is the student’s responsibility to identify, at an appropriate time, what if any profile of learner needs they have. This will allow the students and the work placement supervisor to work together to find work placement projects to maximise the student’s learning and skill set.
9. After a few weeks on work placement I feel that I am not being given a variety of work to do. What should I do?
You should contact your Work Placement Co-ordinator. Together you can have a conversation and try and understand what if any options exist to change the situation.
10. Can I complete my work placement assessments during my work placement hours and count them towards my 30 hours to be worked per week?
The hours reported each week in the e-log should relate only to tasks connected to the work placement role. College assignments and assessments must be completed outside of the work placement hours each week.
11. I am having some personal, family, financial difficulties that are impacting on my ability to keep working on work placement? Who should I contact?
You should contact your Work Placement Co-ordinator who can advise you on what supports are available to you within IADT and what options there are to continue to assist you in completing your work placement.
12. My work placement company want me to work on with them over the summer. Can I do this?
Once the key work placement criteria are completed in terms of the assessment and working 17 weeks for 30 hours students can by mutual consent work on past the end of the IADT work placement end date.
13. My work placement company want me to start work before the official IADT work placement start date? Can I do this?
There should be no difficulty with an earlier start date. It is important that IADT are made aware of the earlier start date so that they can record it. You will then finish work placement slightly earlier than your class mates who will start on the official IADT start date.
14. I am having a difficulty on my work placement with a colleague/manager? Who should I talk to?
You should contact your Work Placement Co-ordinator who can discuss your issue with you so that she can try and offer the correct supports and options where appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions for Employer
1. What is the duration of the IADT placement?
Placements usually commence on the first week of January and continue for 17 weeks from that date.
2. Are placements flexible regarding time? I may need interns to work late evenings and events.
IADT requires students to complete a thirty hour a week placement. Hours are flexible, depending on the business and sectoral requirements.
3. What do I need to do to recruit students for the role(s)?
Please complete the IADT Job Description Form available on the website (link attached) and return it to Siobhan Gallagher – email@example.com
4. My business is quite niche, how can I make sure that I get the right type of student?
The clearer the completed job description the better. Each potential employer can screen applicants and interview them as required to achieve the best “fit” for your business.
5. What experience does the student need to fulfil the requirements of the placement?
The student needs to complete 17 continuous weeks work placement, complete the appropriate written documentation and achieve a positive rating when the employer completes the final Employer Evaluation Report.
6. Is there any documentation that I need to complete before or during the placement?
Each employer is asked to complete the IADT Job Description Form before placement commences. The Placement Coordinator for each degree programme will maintain contact with the employer during the placement process. Each employer completes an Employer Evaluation Report at the conclusion of placement.
7. Do I need to stay in regular contact with the IADT Work Placement Coordinator?
The Placement Coordinator will maintain regular contact with an employer throughout placement.
8. Who do I contact if the student is not a match to the company or the job?
You should contact the Placement Coordinator immediately to resolve the situation to best effect.
9. Are placements remunerated?
This is at the behest of the employer. In general, at the very least, travel and lunch expenses are covered by the employer. Where a student is required to work remotely, we ask that a stipend is paid towards costs for Wifi and electricity.
How the Process Works
1. Contact us with your requirements or any questions you may have.
2. Email us a job description. This is then circulated to the students.
3. Students apply for the position by sending a CV and covering email/letter to the potential employer.
4. A recruitment process takes place i.e., the student or students are invited to interview and the organisation selects the most suitable candidate.
Placement Dates + Duration
Commencement Date: First week of January.
End Date: Last week of April/first week of May.
Duration: 17 weeks – a 30 hour week placement.
Remuneration: Lunch and travel expenses should be covered, where possible. Where students are working remotely a stipend must be provided to the student to cover expenses related to Wi-Fi, phone, and electricity costs.
Insurance: Students are covered by IADT’s insurance policy.
Programme Work Placements
BBus (Hons) in Business Management
BA (Hons) in New Media Studies
BA (Hons) in Digital Marketing
Placement Programme Contacts
General Placement Enquiries
Tel: +353 87 9444841
Placement Programme Co-ordinators
BBus (Hons) Business Management: Siobhan.Gallagher@iadt.ie
BA (Hons) Arts Management: Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
BA (Hons) New Media Studies: Katherina.email@example.com
BA (Hons) Digital Marketing: Eva.firstname.lastname@example.org
BBus Applied Entrepreneurship: Audrey.email@example.com