University College Dublin | An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland | Director: Professor Liam Kennedy

Global Irish Civic Forum
June 2015

Prospective Students

    President Clinton addresses the Institute Sept 2010


The UCD Clinton Institute sends one student a year to the Clinton Foundation on a Summer Internship programme.

In 2012 Sinead O'Donovan an MA in Media and International Conflict student at the Institute was choosen


President Bill Clinton and Sinead O'Donovan


In her own words, Sinead had the following to say about the experience.

"One of my primary reasons for applying to intern at the Clinton Global Initiative was its success in combining corporate, philanthropic and governmental forces in support of so many terrific causes world-wide.  CGI facilitates the building and development of its commitments by connecting members and organizations together, providing a forum within which they can work and build relations, and also by communicating the results of their work.

My position within the CGI was in the girls' and women's commitment track.  The primary function of this track is to try to integrate the girls' and women's lens into all aspects of CGI policy and programming.  Most of my work was content based, as well as building and maintaining on-going communications with members and organizations that were affiliated with the girls and women's track, meeting some of the most interesting and admirable people I have come across.

I spent much of my time preparing for the annual CGI meeting, a huge event, organized to convene leaders from different sectors, and from all over the world, to drive action.  One of my largest projects was to help organize the Girls and Women Pre-Conference Strategy Session, which features people like Melanne Verveer, Valerie Jarret and Leymah Gbowee.  I was also present to watch Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, President Mohammed Morsy and, President Bill Clinton address a hugely diverse crowd featuring everyone from Mary Robinson to Will-I-am.

One of the most exceptional things about this specific internship was the level of responsibility with which each of the interns is entrusted.  As an intern, you truly are a valued member of the staff, and given real and meaningful projects and tasks.  Through this internship I have gained invaluable experience and real exposure to the internal dynamics and workings of a large-scale organization, enjoyed a summer in New York, and also made some great friends.  I cannot speak highly enough about this internship, and consider myself extremely lucky to have been part of it. "