This Fall I traveled to Dublin to spend three months studying and interning under the CAPA international program. I am a Communication Arts major with minors in Creative Writing and Journalism at Marymount Manhattan College, so I’ve always had an interest in writing and social media. My previous internships had been with event planners, blogging companies, and record labels. After discussing with me my expectations of an internship, I was placed by the CAPA program in Olytico to further this internship.
Coming from Brooklyn, New York, I was not sure what to expect from an internship or from the city itself. Dublin was a completely new environment to me, and I came into the city with no pre conceived notions of what I would find. New York has an element of independence to the city, so I had always assumed that that was what I would find traveling to any new city. I grew up right outside Baltimore and moved to Manhattan when I was eighteen, so the idea of a large city was not intimidating to me, but I received a complete culture shock in the different attitude of Dublin. Everyone that I’ve come in contact with in Ireland is more than happy to help you with any question whether it is on the street asking for directions or faculty members reviewing assignments with you in my time at Griffith College.
I found the same openness in my internship experience at Olytico. I had completed five internships in my time in New York and I was very used to the traditional intern routines of grabbing coffees every morning and sitting watching a photocopier all day. In Olytico, I was immediately greeted with friendliness that was completely different; I was able to contribute to the company’s social media pages and I learned new skills with analyzing data. The personal nature of the office gave me a comfortable environment to ask questions and learn about the work that the company did for their clients. The skills that I learned are some that I can take into any future career with journalism and blog companies.
My experience at Olytico and in Dublin has been so positive that I am returning to Dublin in the May to complete my post graduate work in International Peace Studies at Trinity College. Being in such encouraging environments is a culture shock to anyone coming from a large American city. The city exudes a friendliness that is addictive and I hated the idea of leaving it permanently, so I am anticipating my return this Spring.