Intern Year

The Intern Year is the first year of postgraduate medical training and is an essential step in every doctor’s career in Ireland. During this year you will be provided with the opportunity to experience the reality of patient care in a range of healthcare settings. Intern training provides a combination of education, training and clinical responsibility, enabling interns to develop the professional and personal competencies that result in good patient care and provide a foundation for lifelong learning.

The Intern year is designed to be a challenging and rewarding year, providing graduates with a supervised and supportive learning environment that will provide them with the basis for future practice as a doctor in their chosen field.

Entry Requirements

Internship is open to those who are required to complete it in order to gain the “Certificate of Experience”. This certificate enables the holder to apply for registration on the Trainee Specialist Division (other than as and Intern) or the General Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland.

All applicants to Intern posts in the Irish health service must be a graduate or final year student (of whatever nationality) of a Medical School in one of the following EEA countries: Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Lifthuania, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Iceland or be a graduate or final year student of the RCSI Penang Medical College, Malaysia.

The full eligibility criteria will be published on the HSE website at

How to Apply for an Intern Post

The HSE has an annual intern recruitment campaign. The recruitment campaign opens each year in October for posts in July the following year.

Once you have compared your individual circumstances against the eligibility criteria and are satisfied you meet the criteria as outlined you should then apply to stage 1 of the application process.

Each Intern must be registered with the Medical Council of Ireland and following the successful completion of their Intern year the doctor will be awarded a Certificate of Experience. Once you have this certificate you are eligible to apply for registration on the trainee specialist division or the general division of the Medical Council and therefore proceed with your medical career in Ireland.

The Certificate of Experience is required to register with most other competent authorities in other countries. It would also be important to check with each country with regard to their registration procedures.

Further information is available to here on the Intern year

Upon completion of the Intern year, there are two training routes in Ireland that trainees can follow to become specialists. See further information on How to Become a Specialist in Ireland.