Intel’s Commitment to Higher Education


Intel’s success in Ireland has been built on the quality of highly skilled and educated people available in the country. We work in close collaboration with the higher education ecosystem in Ireland and have a number of programs in place to support third level partners.

In recent years we have taken steps to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreements with a number of universities in order to further connect ties between education and industry and also to help fuel the innovation economy here in Ireland.

The partnerships focus on a variety of areas such as talent development, research, and national policy associated with research and education.

MoU agreements have been signed with Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Technological University Dublin, University of Limerick and Maynooth University.

Third-Level Education Programs

Masters Bursary Programme

Masters Bursary Programme with TCD, UCD, DCU, MU. Each recipient from a relevant Science or Engineering Masters course is awarded a €3,000 bursary in their final year to support their academic studies and are given the opportunity to experience practical learning aligned to the needs of industry. Additionally, they are provided with employee mentors by Intel Ireland to give them a direct relationship to the world of work.

TU Dublin Scholarships

Selected final year students across a range of relevant Level 7 and Level 8 courses within the Schools of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical and Design Engineering, Computer Science, and Media are awarded €3,000 to support their academic studies. They are also paired with a mentor from Intel Ireland to help them build a direct relationship to the world of work.

PhD Co-Sponsorship with the Irish Research Council

Successful students who apply to the Irish Research Council Scheme are supported to undertake their PhD in a relevant research area of interest to Intel, such as semiconductors and nanomaterials. The 4 year program not only supports the better understanding of these emerging areas of innovation, but is also an important part of developing a pipeline of world-class technical talent for Intel's future workforce and the global knowledge-based economy. Each PhD student is assigned an experienced Intel mentor. Their mentor facilitates technical discussions and enables the student to see how research fits into the overall agenda of a large multi-national company.

Irish Research Council Scheme

Trinity College Dublin Employability Award

Students across a range of disciplines and levels participate in a specialist curriculum that helps to further develop their skills and graduate attributes to help them succeed in their studies and career. Students attend Intel-led workshops using problem-solving methodologies and apply learning to work-related situations. They also enhance their personal and professional development through thirty hours of extra-curricular activity, and learn how to critically reflect on their skills and articulate these to employers through a workshop led by the Careers Advisory Service with Student Learning Development.

Research Initiatives

For over 15 years Intel Ireland has partnered with academic partners to engage in specific world-class fundamental science research activities. These activities provide vital direction and answers to our corporate partners for in-house research strategies relevant to our industry needs. Working collaboratively with our University Research Institution colleagues in this endeavor, we have forged deep working and technical relationships between Intel and our MoU partners, which have further enabled the talent pipeline development across the University departments.

Higher Education Policy

Since first deciding to locate in Ireland in 1989, Intel has been an active voice in the local community, the broader region, and on a national level, providing insight and support to many activities and topics that align to our operations. In particular, the promotion of events, activities and philanthropic strategies that support the policies of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths (STEAM) education, Access, and Diversity have been at the forefront of our external and MoU interactions. Specific examples include our engagement with the UCD ‘Explore’ Science Outreach Lab, the TU Dublin ‘CREATE’ Lab, the Connecting Women in Technology (CWIT) initiative, and our leadership partner support of major new building infrastructure projects on multiple University campuses.

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Intel’s Commitment to Women in Technology

Intel’s success in Ireland has been built on the quality of highly skilled and educated people available in this country. Through our Women in Technology and Women in Construction Scholarship programs, Intel hopes to increase awareness and encourage a new generation of high-achieving women, to take up the challenge of a career in science, technology and construction.

Since 2006 we have invested over €1.5 million and supported more than 125 scholars.

How are we doing this?
This programme is delivered together with our strategic university partners throughout Ireland. Applications are managed via the universities and students must be pursuing a Level 8 discipline with a proven relevance to supporting business units within Intel.
What do our Intel Scholars receive?
Scholars will receive a bursary of €3000, an Intel mentor and the opportunity to complete a summer placement at Intel.

How do I apply?
Participating Universities will communicate to eligible students directly. Participating Universities include:

• University College Dublin
• Dublin City University
• Trinity College Dublin
• Technological University Dublin
• Maynooth University
• University of Limerick
• National University of Ireland, Galway
• University College Cork
• Cork Institute of Technology

** Note that this list is subject to change.

Intel and TU Dublin Student Scholarships

Intel Ireland has a five-year strategic partnership with Technological University Dublin as part of a far-reaching programme of collaboration. The partnership funds talent development activities such as the Intel Awards Programme, which provides scholarships to TU Dublin students.

“Engineering definitely runs in my family – my Grandad, my Dad and all my uncles are hugely involved and passionate in STEM subjects. I loved maths at school, so I am very grateful to be going down a career path that is relevant to my likes and interests”.

Isobel Duffy
Intel Scholar

“My love for the subjects resonated since I was a young child. I was the type of child that used to tear things apart and put them back together. And as I got older I had a real passion for maths, so I am lucky enough to be involved in a programme that covers the topics I have been interested in from a young age”.

Chloe Foxe
Intel Scholar