Student Placements

We truly value the difference our students make at COPE Galway.

We truly value the difference our students make at COPE Galway. We know that many students require placements as part of their course, and as such, we offer a structured, practical experience in our services or other departments relevant to individual studies.

Many of our students build long-lasting relationships with our services and go on to a fulfilling and rewarding career with COPE Galway.

If you are interested in the available student placements at COPE Galway, please contact for further details and how to apply.

Student placement opportunities at COPE Galway

Homeless Services

COPE Galway Fairgreen Hostel provides emergency accommodation and a range of support services for individual homeless men in Galway. The service can offer placements to 3rd Year Social Care or Social Science students.

COPE Galway Osterley Lodge offers emergency accommodation and support services to individual homeless women, as well as mothers with children in Galway. The service can offer placements to 3rd level students in Social Care or Social Studies.

Our Teach Corrib Day Centre for individual men and women, and our Family Support Services are both day centres. They offer support services for individuals and families, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Galway City. This includes prevention, referral and placement in emergency accommodation, housing information and advice as well practical support. The service can accept 3rd level students.

Our Resettlement and Tenancy Support Service provides structured, practical, ongoing support to individual men and women who are moving out of homelessness and need support with settling into their new home and maintain their tenancy in the long term. The service accepts 3rd level students.

Domestic Violence Service

Waterside House Domestic Violence Service provides a 24-hour refuge, support and outreach service for women and children experiencing domestic violence. The Service can accept 3rd level students.

Senior Support Services

Senior Support Services comprises of three different services:

Community Catering prepares and delivers healthy meals to older people in Galway City. Their objective is to enable older people to live independently in their homes as long as possible by satisfying their nutritional and social requirements. The service offers placements to Social Care, GMIT & GRETB, and TY students.

Community Support has community-based workers who support older people who live alone. The overall aim of this project is to prevent social isolation and promote healthy ageing through a community development approach.

Sonas Day Centre provides support, advocacy and information to older people living in the Mervue area. The service is led by the needs of older people and provides a positive and safe environment for older people who need support to live independently.


Working with our fundraising team would give a student hands-on experience in fundraising, event organisation, including for our Business Sleep Out and Christmas Swim events, supporter engagement and opportunities to work with community supporters.

Human Resources

The HR department can provide placements to HR students.

Volunteer Office

Our volunteer office has placement opportunities for students who wish to gain experience in volunteer recruitment and administration.

Thank you for your interest in COPE Galway and best of luck with your studies and future career.