• What our internship programme offers

    Roughan & O'Donovan's internship programme gives students the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging engineering projects in Ireland today.

    From landmark bridges to complex road schemes, state-of-the-art buildings to groundbreaking greenways, we offer you a broad choice of projects and teams in which to get involved.



    Our dedicated and experienced engineers will take the time to get to know you and your interests while you get to know our business, our people and our work.

    We'll motivate, stretch and challenge you while doing all that we can to support your development and progression.


    What you will be doing

    Your responsibilities will include:

    • Researching, compiling and evaluating project data
    • Preparing and writing reports
    • Performing calculations for infrastructure projects
    • Drafting proposals and correspondence
    • Tracking project costs
    • Completing project progress reports
  • What do you look for in an intern?

    We look for interns who:

    • Are keen to learn and progress
    • Have good interpersonal and analytical skills
    • Can multi-task, prioritise and take direction


    Where will I be based?

    You’ll be based in our head office in Arena House, Arena Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18.


    How’s the social life?

    We’re a friendly group.

    We have an active sports and social committee who like to organise wellness weeks, comedy club nights, surfing weekends, step challenges, and much more.

    You’ll find lots of ways to get involved.




  • What you need to apply

    To apply, you must have completed at least 2 years of an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in engineering, or you must be currently enrolled on an accredited master’s degree programme.


    When to apply

    Applications for the 2019 internship programme will open in the autumn of 2018



  • Ciara Rooney - Intern

    Ciara Rooney

    My 8-month internship is part of a master’s degree in civil engineering I’m undertaking at University College Dublin (UCD).

    I applied to Roughan & O’Donovan because of its work on some of Ireland’s most high profile and innovative projects. The offer of a paid internship was a bonus!

    Since joining, I’ve worked with the transportation, water and environmental teams, undertaking a wide variety of tasks from engineering design and tender assessments to report preparation.

    I’ve worked alongside some very experienced engineers, who’ve encouraged me to make the most of my time within the company, and given me space to learn whilst working on live projects.

    The office environment is open and friendly, and the sports and social events have been a great way to get to know my colleagues.


    Ciara Rooney - Intern

    Debbie Chiu

    My interest in the bridge engineering industry led me to apply for an internship at Roughan & O’Donovan.

    I really wanted the chance to work alongside the designers of some of Ireland’s most iconic bridge projects, including the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge.

    And, as an international student, I was also interested in Roughan & O’Donovan’s bridge projects in India, Central America and the Far East.

    Since joining the company, I’ve worked on real projects and improved my knowledge of engineering concepts and my technical skills.

    I’ve also learned what it means to work as part of a professional and committed team.


    Brian -Intern

    Brian Feighan

    Working on live projects has been the highlight of my internship so far.

    Over the past 6 months, I’ve been involved in intelligent transport systems, road marking design and road-sign management projects.

    I’m joining the M50 project team next, which means I’ll be working with the engineers responsible for Ireland’s first smart motorway project. That’s really exciting.

    On a personal level, I enjoy our sports and social events and getting lunch with colleagues at the market in Sandyford on a Friday. There will be a lot to miss when I go back to college.