Photo of a group of teenage work placement student in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Transition Year work experience

Transition Year placements 2019 2020

We run an exciting work experience programme for Transition Year students. In this week-long programme you will go behind the scenes at the Gallery and learn about the work of different departments including Education, Conservation, Curatorial and Visitor Experience. Working as a team you will develop a ‘live project’ to create an event for young people that will run at the Gallery.  

The placement will suit students who are interested in art and may be considering studying it for Leaving Cert. You must be willing to work with students from other schools and be comfortable in a team environment. Most importantly, we’re looking for students who want to learn something from their week at the Gallery and benefit from a new experience.


TY placements at the Gallery are very popular and places are extremely limited.

In 2019 - 2020 we will take two cohorts of students in December 2019 and March – April 2020. We are unable to facilitate placements outside of these dates.

Week 1: Monday 2 December – Friday 6 December 2019
Applications open:
Monday 2 September
Applications close: Friday 27 September 

Week 2: Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April 2020
Applications open:
Monday 6 January
Applications close: Friday 31 January 

In order to be fair to everyone, applications must be via a Gallery application form and we are unable to start a waiting list for places. Please note, due to the popularity of the programme, we are unable to guarantee a place for everyone who applies. 


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If you have any questions, please contact Catherine O’Donnell on 01 663 3579 or email [email protected]. We prefer if you contact us directly, rather than your parent or teacher.

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