7 Oct 2014

Students' stories: Mélanie's Internship in Dublin

Why did you decide to do an internship abroad?

Actually, this internship was part of my studies. I am currently studying English and German at university in Paris and each year my school requires us to do an internship during the summer. It allows us to improve our language skills and to catch a glimpse of the professional world. But here is the thing: sometimes (and especially when you are an undergraduate student) it is very difficult to find an internship abroad, especially in English-speaking countries.  I have done several internships abroad and I know how tricky it can be to find a proper internship in another country.   

I have always been fascinated by Ireland, the Emerald Isle, with its green landscape and its folklore. Thus, I decided to book a language programme with EasyLanguages in order to make the search for an internship easier for me.  I was not at all disappointed; it is probably the best internship I have done so far. 

Dublin and Ireland: What to do and see

So I went to Dublin for two months. I picked this city first because of its literary heritage: Dublin was recently appointed “UNESCO City of Literature”. Meet Dublin’s famous sons: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker etc.
Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to take part in several literary festivals, the most famous one would probably be "Bloomsday", which takes place on the 16th of June and will have you follow the footsteps of Leopold Bloom, the main character of Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses. I personally had the chance to be in Dublin for this event and I would highly recommend it.

Then we cannot talk about Dublin without mentioning its famous Temple Bar area. Relax and drink a pint of Guinness while listening to Irish music. It may be a bit expensive but this area is home to most of the Irish pubs in Dublin. In this part of the city you would also find some really nice vintage shops and music stores.

After spending some time in Temple Bar you could also visit the Guinness Storehouse or the Old Jameson Distillery and discover how Irish whiskey and beers are made.

Then, if you feel like it, you could also spend an afternoon visiting the museums of the city. The best one I would recommend would probably be the National Museum of Ireland (free admission). Let’s not forget Kilmainham Gao, Ireland's most famous prison, which is now a museum.

My main piece of advice for the city: Dublin is really great but don’t stay in the centre, pack your things and explore the island. Lots of companies organise day tours and will take you all around Ireland and its most famous sites

 My experience with Easy Languages

I did a two-month internship in Ireland and I am really happy with the follow-up of Easy Languages. The team was with me before, during and after my internship and was always ready to help me and answer my questions. They took care of everything (administrative and practical things) and I felt fine when I was abroad.

I had also booked accommodation in a residence and everything went really well. My residence was really close to the city centre (around 10 minutes by foot) and I had the chance to meet lots of people from all over the world

My English skills

Doing an internship in an English-speaking country is really a good way to improve your English. Even if some people could at first feel a bit confused by the Irish accent, don’t panic! You’ll get used to it and even pick up some colloquial expressions after some time.

I feel a lot more comfortable with my English now, especially when I have to speak in front of people.  As I have already said, an experience abroad is definitely a plus on your C.V.

You too, like Mélanie, can take part in an internship in Dublin or find out more about the other possible destinations we have on offer. 


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