Intern Year

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. 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.

Successful completion of internship allows the Intern Network Coordinator to recommend an Intern to the Medical Council of Ireland (MCI) for the award of the “Certificate of Experience”. This Certificate enables the holder to apply for registration on the Trainee Specialist Division (other than as an Intern) or General Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council of Ireland and to apply for Senior House Officer Posts in the Irish health service.

Duration of Intern Year – 12 months (minimum)

  • Minimum 3 months in General Medicine
  • Minimum 3 months in General Surgery
  • Between 3 to 4 months in the following specialties:
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Anaesthesia (to include perioperative medicine)
  • Surgery
  • Medicine

Read information on the Academic Intern Track Programme

Recruitment into Intern Posts

The recruitment campaign opens each year in October for posts commencing in July of the following year.

More detail concerning eligibility requirements, the process for applying and the standards for training can be found in the job specification attached to each role advertised above.

Any queries in relation to intern post recruitment should be addressed to

Medical Council of Ireland