Since the summer of 2016, eighteen URI students have participated in the Internship in Ireland Program. The eight-week summer program provides students with an opportunity to gain professional experience, develop valuable cross-cultural communication skills and earn 9 credits toward their URI degree. Students are immersed in Irish culture, while living at Trinity College in the heart of City Centre Dublin.
Caitlin Marino, a URI student in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences, interned at Seahorse Aquariums. During her placement, Marino learned how to care for and identify common aquatic diseases. Her family heritage in Ireland influenced her to participate in the program. “My family originally immigrated from Ireland, but we lost most of the traditions,” Marino said. “This program allowed me to experience the traditions and lifestyles that my family has lost, while also gaining valuable work experience.”
“Not only do you earn an internship, but you are able to network with your supervisor and earn on-site experience.”
Luke McConnaghy interned at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and said the program really enhanced his resume. “This program looks fantastic on your resume,” McConnaghy said. “Not only do you earn an internship, but you are able to network with your supervisor and earn on-site experience.” McConnaghy said that if he could he would go back in a heartbeat. “I would love to go back,” McConnaghy said. “I was able to travel within Ireland every weekend with the Leap Card provided by the program.
Students of all majors are welcome to apply and internship placements are determined by the student’s interests and professional strengths. In addition to Seahorse Aquariums and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, previous internships have included: Checkout Magazine, Trinity College, Trouble Brewing, Sport Physio Ireland, Pointy: Business Development Department, and EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum.
During International Education Week (IEW), there will be a student panel and information session about the Internship in Ireland Program. Participants from the 2017 group will share their experience living and working in Dublin. The IEW event will be Tuesday, November 14 at 4pm in the Memorial Union, Atrium 2.
For more information about the program, visit the Office of International Education’s website: uri.edu/international/oie.
Contributed by Stone Freeman, Class of 2019