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Jackie Clarke Collection Internships

The Villanova Center for Irish Studies offers two summer internships at The Jackie Clarke Collection, a museum and archive in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. The Center is able to cover the costs of these internships thanks to the generous support of the Connelly Foundation and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Philadelphia.

The Center for Irish Studies internships at the Jackie Clarke Collection provide students with exciting opportunities for professional development while living and working abroad. The museum, known for its unique historical archive and excellent community outreach programs, is a multi-faceted and innovative space. The experienced staff are committed to providing students with an immersive and enriching experience. Interns are involved in all museum activities, from front of house duties welcoming visitors from around the world, to cataloguing collections and even creating exhibits of their own.

Interns can expect to work closely with multiple staff members in the day-to-day running of the museum and archives. Interns will, for example:
• assist in the appraisal, cataloging and digitization of historical artifacts
• conduct original research in the collections
• assist in the design and construction of new exhibits
• assist members of the public with research queries
• participate in community outreach programs
• assist in the planning and delivery of workshops and tours for local primary and secondary schools
• assist in the museum's annual contribution to the Ballina Heritage Day

The internships run for eight weeks and end on Ballina Heritage Day and the beginning of the Salmon Festival, which are typically held in the second week of July. The exact dates will depend on the schedule for the festival that year, but interns should expect to depart for Ireland during the third week of May.

This internship covers the costs of travel to and from Ballina, and the costs of housing in Ballina for the duration of the internship. A stipend will also be provided to cover the costs of living expenses (food, etc.).

The internship is limited to Villanova graduate students, and undergraduate students in their junior or senior years, who are pursuing a degree in a relevant discipline (including, but not limited to English, History, Political Science, and Theatre). A background in Irish Studies is not required, but applicants should be committed to developing an interest in the field. A GPA of at least 3.0 is required.

Application Materials
A statement of interest, no more than 500 words in length, that explains why you are interested in the internship, how the internship will help you meet your educational and/or career goals and objectives, and how your particular skill set will allow you to contribute to the mission of the Jackie Clarke Collection.


A one-page resume, which includes the names and email addresses of two Villanova University faculty members who can speak to your suitability for this internship.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the following websites as they prepare their applications:

The Jackie Clarke Collection

A Love of All Things Old: The Story of Jackie Clarke

Jackie Clarke Library and Archive Ballina

History Evergreen

Submitting Your Application and Timelines
The application deadline is January 31st, at 5 pm.

Please submit your application by email with the subject heading "Jackie Clarke Internship Application" to the Director of the Center for Irish Studies, Dr. Joseph Lennon.

Finalists will be contacted by 1 March and will be expected to commit to the internship no later than 15 March.

Please contact Dr. Joseph Lennon or Dr. Craig Bailey if you have any additional questions about the internship.

Jackie Clarke Museum and Library Building

Contact Information

Villanova University
SAC Room 105E
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Joseph Lennon
Phone: (610) 519-4647

Associate Director,
Dr. Jennifer A. Joyce
Phone: (610) 519-8953

Administrative Assistant, 
Kiersten Ludy

Phone: (610) 519-7517