Five Reasons Why You Should Intern Abroad in Dublin This Summer

By Kate Rau

If you’re looking to complete a professional internship abroad or international volunteer program in a top-notch destination, then look no further. Connect-123 offers experiential learning opportunities in business, technology, healthcare and more in Dublin, Ireland, a dream destination. When in Dublin, expect to fall in love with this capital city and its charming residents.

1. The Dublin Bay coastline is a breath of fresh air

When the weather is good, there’s no better thing to do than hop on the Dart (train) and travel the sweep of Dublin Bay. Here you’ll discover the treasures of Dublin’s seaside villages. Each offer something unique and different – a taste of local history, a bite of delicious food and a great atmosphere. Explore them all!

2. The locals are friendly and helpful

Dublin locals are renowned for being friendly, helpful and sincerely nice. So nice, in fact, that Dublin was voted friendliest city in Europe by travelers on TripAdvisor not once, but twice. One traveler described her experience with locals as nothing short of amazing:

“I had two mishaps while in Dublin. One was the loss of my driver’s license and credit cards, the other was losing my balance and tumbling in a busy intersection, landing right in front of a bus. A number of people stopped to help me up and gather my things, but one young woman in particular took charge of me. She steered me to the nearest coffee shop for a cup of hot tea (Irish panacea). She stayed with me until my nerves were steadier and then walked me to a pharmacy for a few things to take care of my scrapes and bruises before leaving. When I got back to my hotel, the receptionist noticed my bedraggled appearance and asked if there was anything she could do to help. Shortly after I went up to my room, she appeared with a bottle of wine and her wishes that it would give me a more pleasant evening. I think that’s amazing treatment from two total strangers!”
3. There are real castles to explore
Dublin Castle was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government’s administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex.

Ever watch the television series The Tudors? Fancy exploring the history of castles and medieval governance? In Dublin, you can! The Dublin Castle is a major tourist attraction and is open every day to visitors. You can choose between a self-guided tour (with the aid of the free Dublin Castle App and audio tour) or a 70-minute fully-guided tour. Here’s a list of other castles in Dublin just waiting to be explored!

4. The cobblestoned pathways at Temple Bar lead to magical places

Funky shops, eclectic cafes and hordes of stylish young professionals have made Temple Bar one of the most popular destinations in Dublin. Walk the cobblestone pathways to uncover a hidden gem or two for a bite to eat. Spend an afternoon listening to local Irish music and singers in the street. Whatever type of music you’re into, you’ll find it here, from traditional live music sessions to local and international bands, artists and DJs.

5. Business is booming in Dublin, especially among young people

Ireland is Europe’s fastest growing economy. Dublin is quickly establishing itself as an economic powerhouse. The city is home to some of the world’s leading companies, such as Citibank, Lufthansa and Accenture, and has a reputation as one of the most energetic start-up capitals. International interns and volunteers to Dublin can expect to encounter a young and highly educated workforce brimming with skilled and enthusiastic people.

Read reviews from our Dublin alumuni here and find out more about interning abroad in Dublin here.

Kate Rau

Kate is no stranger to international internships and studying abroad. After submitting her Honours thesis in French socio-linguistics and literature in 2003, she completed a program abroad in Reunion, where she learnt a lot about litchis, island-style living and French. She returned home with two degrees – one in journalism and one in French – and decided on a career in media. Fast-forward some 15 years later and Kate has enjoyed a few career highlights: She’s edited a number of consumer and trade magazine titles, she’s worked with some of the most influential international brands looking to save the planet, and she’s managed a full-house digital marketing agency in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Today Kate works as Marketing Manager for Connect-123 in Cape Town, which means she gets to share great stories about the excellent work we do every day.

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