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Summer Internship Programme 

The Eversheds Sutherland Summer Internship Programme (SIP) gives graduates who are interested in a career in law the opportunity to work with some of Ireland’s best lawyers. Our 11 week programme gives our interns a full insight into the workings of a commercial law firm and what it would be like to work as a trainee.

The timing and structure of our programme is unique in that it gives participants real legal/business exposure. Unlike other internships, our interns have time to show their value and build relationships. Our SIP is a win-win programme enabling us to identify talent while our interns add to their knowledge base and make an informed decision on their future career.

As a summer intern with Eversheds Sutherland you will be assigned to a team in one of our three main departments; Commercial, Property or Litigation, or one of our specialist areas which consist of; Employment, Funds, Tax, Healthcare, Pensions, Construction or Banking. Reporting directly to the partner of that team, your workload will be varied and interesting. You will be given the responsibility equal to that of a trainee. We feel that the 11 week period really allows our interns to fully experience the realities of what life as a trainee with the firm would be like.

At the end of your 11 week rotation each intern is invited to interview for our traineeship programme.

Why choose Eversheds Sutherland?

Interns experience first-hand what it is like to be a trainee by getting involved in deals and transactions that take place in the firm and interact with people from all sections of the firm including partners, solicitors and trainees.

The main benefits of our SIP are:

  • As Eversheds Sutherland Ireland is a member of Eversheds Sutherland International, you will be gaining experience in an International law firm
  • You will contribute to high profile cases with exposure to real clients and receive exceptional on the job training
  • Due to the 11 week programme you will receive a real sense of what it is like to work in a leading international firm
  • Fully paid internship
  • Regular feedback - you will have an opportunity to receive feedback at the midpoint of the internship. Our '10 at 10' meetings facilitate a 10 minute catch up at 10.00am with your partner on a bi-weekly basis
  • We have active sports & social and CSR committees
  • We are committed to ensuring quality of opportunity and fairness in all areas of employment. As an intern you can get involved in any events organised by our diversity committe.

To read all about the experiences and inside stories of our 2018 interns click here - The Secret Life of an Eversheds Sutherland Intern

Supporting your development

At Eversheds Sutherland we are committed to your personal and professional development. Resources are in place to assist you in achieving your goal of becoming a technically skilled and confident intern.

  • L&D - as well as significant on the job training, interns take part in our structured training programme. Training includes: writing a research memo, communication and presentation skills
  • Professional Support Lawyer (PSLs) - PSLs provide support and practical working knowledge to our interns. PSLs deliver technical training aimed at informing interns of changes to law, practice and precedents
  • Knowledge Centre - our research service assists interns with research queries, demonstates research tools and maintains the knowledge library.

What our interns have said about our programme 

'I was a member of the Corporate and Commercial Department, working as part of a team that specialised in advising companies in the life sciences and technology sectors. I was actively involved with the team from the very beginning, and even attended a client meeting before I had finished my first week. That’s the great thing about an Internship with Eversheds-Sutherland: you are not treated as just an “intern”, you are a valued member of whatever team you are on, and I felt as though what I was doing was contributing to the team’s efforts. The level of responsibility and exposure is unrivalled, and as the programme runs for eleven weeks, I gained a deep insight into what life is like at an international corporate law firm. I worked on a wide range of tasks in a variety of different areas, from drafting documents to researching  clients’ queries on specific matters.

The culture of a firm is a key attraction, and the culture at Eversheds-Sutherland is overwhelmingly positive. I noticed it first at the interview – I couldn’t believe how open  the partner and senior associate who interviewed me were. I found that everyone at Eversheds-Sutherland was approachable, encouraging and genuinely friendly. The people I was working with are at the top of their respective fields, and they were always happy to answer any questions I had. The Buddy Programme pairs you with a Trainee or Intern that’s already on your team to show you the ropes and provide you with invaluable support on questions ranging from how to use the printer to how to draft legal documents. I always had access to top quality support throughout my time with Eversheds-Sutherland, and I learned a lot because of this.'Darragh Murray, Summer Intern 2017


'Completing the Eversheds Sutherland SIP has been the best decision for my career in law to date. Not only have I gained practical knowledge and experience of working in a busy global law firm, I have built lasting connections with colleagues and developed my personal brand with the help of the firm.

I was placed in the IT/IP team within the corporate department at a very exciting and busy time, shortly after the introduction of the GDPR. As the programme lasts 11 weeks, I was able to meaningfully assist with work for clients and really felt like a valued member of the team. The 'buddy' system is a useful element of the internship whereby my assigned trainee was there to answer any questions along the way and help me to settle in to the firm.

The focus on learning and development is key to the SIP, with the 11 weeks packed full of engaging workshops and training sessions which developed both my professional and personal skills. Work-life balance is encouraged at Eversheds Sutherland where interns attend events such as the firm's Summer BBQ, intern team building events, lunchtime seminars and also join the firms sports and social teams.

I would highly recommend applying for the SIP to experience life at Eversheds Sutherland and to gain the best possible experience for your future legal career.' Holly Traynor, Summer Intern 2018


Applications are open to all undergraduates and postgraduates who have completed at least two years of their degree and achieved a 2:1 grade or higher. We accept degrees from all disciplines.

Programme dates

The Eversheds Sutherland Summer Internship Programme runs from May to August. Please note that all applicants should be available for the full 11 weeks.

2019 Summer Internship Programme

Applications for our 2019 Summer Internship Programme are now closed.

Key dates

We will announce dates for upcoming fairs that we will be attending.

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