Meet Jennifer, a keen traveller and explorer who has some great experiences and advice to share with you. Jenny recently completed her internship in Dublin and earned herself the title of “Student of the month” along the way.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.
I am 21 years old and I live in Germany near Kassel. I can speak German, English and French. At the moment I am a trainee in foreign and export trade at the company Hackländer. We sell steel to companies all over the world. In one year I will be finished and then I want to study Business Administration.
How did you enjoy your internship programme?
I really enjoyed the pleasantry of the people in Dublin. Especially in my host Family (Marie Keegan) and from Lisa Mc Kenna at Mc Kenna & Co. Solicitors. They were always so nice and friendly and I felt really welcome. People on the street are so helpful when you do not find your way or have a question. In my host family it felt like a second home, because Marie is so nice and friendly to all the students. We had so much food and a lovely room.
What were your tasks at your work placement?
I really enjoyed my placement at Mc Kenna & Co Solicitors. Lisa Mc Kenna gave me so many different tasks to do. I prepared new clients in the system and talked to clients and other companies on the telephone. I also delivered files to other companies or clients, the post office or to the bank.
How would you compare your work placement to your work back home?
Work in Germany is different, because it needs time to get responsible tasks like going to the bank or advising our customers about the prices of our products. Especially when you have to speak, think and react in English.
What was the best moment of your trip?
The best moment of my trip to Ireland was the trip to the Killary Sheep Farm where we were able to feed one week old lambs with milk and the trip to the Cliffs of Moher because there was a rainbow near the cliffs and it’ just a beautiful view to the ocean from the cliffs.
How has this experience inspired you?
This experience showed me that if you are nice to people they are also nice to you and that people from different countries are very helpful to foreigners. It also inspired me to believe in what I can achieve when I work hard on something and that there are so many beautiful places in the world that I need to travel to and see. I want to see more of Ireland and learn more about the culture and its history.
What have you learnt from the trip?
I learned a lot of new English words and slangs from people in Ireland and that people are very friendly and helpful there.
What have you found most exciting about working and living in a new country?
I think the most exciting thing about working and living in Dublin was the achievement of getting to work or any other place you want to travel to. It took approximately 1,5 hours to get to work every day and back again and if you miss one bus you need to find another bus that is travelling in the same direction. Moreover that people are starting work at 9.00 AM every day, because in Germany we start at 7 or 8 AM in my company.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to travel the world, see more different countries and people and to learn more about different cultures. I enjoy speaking English because it feels like a language that nearly everybody understands wherever you are. I also want to study business administration and improve my English skills during my studies.
What would your advice be for students who are about to go on the Internship Programme?
My advice for all new students would be: “Enjoy your time in Ireland as much as you can and be open minded towards new people and new situations. Try to see as much of this beautiful place as you can. Go out on the street and talk to people and after a while you will see how much this experience has changed you. I can recommend trips to Belfast (Titanic Museum and Giants Rope Bridge), Connemara (Killary Sheep Farm), Cliffs of Moher and the Book of Kells in Dublin.”
Jennifer visited Dublin with our Internship Programme, a project eligible for EU funding. We also arrange projects in London. Don't hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about what we do and how to get funding. Call a Country Manager today on +44 2084249424 or send us a message.