Intern Training

There are currently 733 intern training posts in 52 hospitals and primary care settings. In 2017, the intern compliment number of 727 was increased by 6 additional posts as a way of facilitating an Academic Intern Track pilot project. The national number of available intern posts stands at 733.

Intern training is for a minimum of 12 months which encompasses a minimum of three months in General Surgery, plus three months in General Medicine.

Thereafter, there are a further two 3 month rotations with opportunities to train in Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Pathology, Psychiatry, Public Health Medicine, Radiology, Surgery, Ophthalmology, Occupational Medicine, Medicine and General Practice.

The Intern Year

The Intern Year is the first year of post graduate 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.

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 on the intern year and career planning is available at

How to Apply

 The video below of a presentation at Beaumont Hospital to final year medical students by Patricia Malone and Prof. Eilis McGovern explains the intern application process           (Duration 45mins)

The HSE has an annual intern recruitment campaign, go to The recruitment campaign opens each year in October for posts in July the following year. Internship is open to those who are required to complete it in order to gain the “Certificate of Experience”. 

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, Lithuania, 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

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.

HSE National Recruitment have established a dedicated email address,, to which all further queries can be addressed.