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Stint Ireland operates on the belief that experiences abroad are valuable and worthwhile. Our dedicated team works hard to facilitate our program, where the focus is on you, and we pride ourselves on our diverse range of internship and work experiences in Dublin, Ireland.

Why Dublin? Because it's a young, modern, and trendy city, built on historically and culturally-rich foundations, undergoing an innovative and creative boom. Also, because we're in LOVE with Dublin and Ireland.

Founded
2013

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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I knew I was going to have a great time, but I had no idea I was going to have such an amazing time. From the very beginning, the people who worked at Stint were welcoming, friendly, and extremely helpful. They helped me find an internship of my dream- doing research to develop a medical device at UCD. In the weeks leading up to my arrival, I received a lot of information and answer to any questions I had to make my landing seamless. The house I stayed at was absolutely beautiful, close to everything, and had all the essentials of a home. The Stint Team was also available to work through any problems that could have surfaced with a smile. But Ireland was the best country I could've lived in- the people were friendly, the food was amazing, and every new corner of the country I went to was more beautiful than the last.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you have the chance to be apart of the program, use your time wisely! In the beginning I thought I had plenty of time to travel around Ireland and neighboring countries, but the time flew by! Make it a goal to try to explore and do something new every weekend!
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Kayly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

STINT is a wonderful program and I am so happy that I chose to intern abroad with them. Not only did our housing accommodations make me feel safe, but so did the staff. The staff was incredibly supportive and helped us with any challenges that we faced while abroad. I loved our house and the experiences that I had in it. We were situated in an ideal area in Dublin that was a mile away from tons of fun things to do. In addition to the house, my internship was wonderful. The staff at STINT worked with me to help me find an internship that fit me the best. I loved every minute of my internship and I believed it to be incredibly beneficial. Overall, I would highly recommend this program because Ireland is a wonderful place filled with wonderful people. The STINT staff will be happy to work with you and make sure the program is right for you. I would go back in a heart beat! The eight weeks goes by so fast!

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Meredith
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My gap year in Dublin was one of the best experiences of my life! Ireland is such a beautiful country filled with amazing people. I'm so appreciative to have had Stint there to help me get started by organizing which documents I needed for a Working Holiday visa and picking me up from the airport when I first arrived. Everyone I met in the programme was in the exact same boat as me....didn't know anyone prior to coming and excited to explore Dublin. The fact that Stint provides housing for all their members to live together was so amazing and made it easier to make friends. Although housing is quite pricey and you have to be very persistent with maintenance requests, the experience is definitely worth it. Stint always had fun social gatherings going on, from pizza nights at a pub to weekend trips around the country! My gap year was definitely the best time of my life where I made lifelong friends and memories!

What would you improve about this program?
I would recommend improving the programme by being more prompt with any housing or maintenance issues.
Caroline
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I just returned home from my gap year in Dublin and I'm already missing it! Initially I was nervous about moving to a new city without knowing anyone, but Stint always helped me feel comfortable. From picking me up at the airport to providing initial housing, Stint really lays the foundation for you to settle in and build a life abroad. The housing is expensive so I do recommend finding your own place when possible, but it's very nice to have something lined up for you at first. The program is also a great way to meet those that are in the exact same boat as you. Stint hosts a bunch of events throughout the year so that you can explore Ireland while making lifelong friends. My favourite has to be the day trip to Kilkenny when four of us took a hurling lesson followed by the Smithwick's brewery tour. I'll always look back at my time in Dublin with such fond memories, and I can't thank Stint enough for helping me take the leap!

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Marilyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What made STINT stand out to me was how flexible they became to help me get what I wanted out of the experience. While I had some interest in the internships that they had already partnered with, nothing really stood out to me as "That's it! I want to do that while I am in Ireland!". Instead, I wanted to be selfish and do something that interested me way beyond gaining experience in an office. When I expressed my desire to work at a therapeutic riding center, STINT went out of their way to locate an available internship and traveled an hour outside of Dublin to check out the facilities for me to make sure it would be a good fit. In addition to that, since my internship ended up being at the hour away facility, I had to live outside of Dublin so that I could easily commute to and from my internship. Instead of having me find my own living accommodations, STINT provided me with lots of options and I was able to pick where I wanted to stay. I ended up choosing a host family to stay with for the three months that I would be abroad. Even though the site that I had found my host family on required them to be certified and background checked, STINT once again traveled to Bray to meet the couple that agreed to take me in and check out the house and rooms as well as leave my welcome kit/phone so that I could go straight to Bray from the airport and have everything I needed instead of having to pick it up at the Dublin office. I was lucky enough to visit the STINT housing and it was amazing. If Dublin is the location of your internship, I wouldn't even stress about the living facilities. They are clean, comfortable, cozy, and very open. In addition, they are also located within walking distance of bus stops and places to get food and drinks. Due to my work schedule I was only able to go on one excursion with STINT, however if you choose STINT, go on as many as you can! It was great to go on a trip to places with lots of people. STINT set up tons of activities for us to do in each location as well as pointed us to the best places to check out while we were there. Theses trips aren't your typical "school field trip". They are very laid back and we were given plenty of opportunities to go out on our own and explore the new city.

What would you improve about this program?
My internship was a bit off of the beaten path. Due to this, I was staying outside of Dublin and away from the other interns in the program. When STINT put on events or organized nights out, it was great to be able to see everyone and gain experience from the excursions. However, I did feel a bit separated from the group and didn't exactly come home with life long friends like I would have if I had staying in one of the STINT housing units. STINT was great at extending invitations to include me in events. The only issue that I had while over seas was the phone that was provided to me through the program. On the bright side, that being my worst issue, the trip and program overall were phenomenal. My only improvement recommendation would be to broaden the program to other areas of Ireland so that if someone is interested in a program outside of Dublin, they would still have an in person support group when they needed it.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Kirsten Trower

Kirsten is a Senior majoring in Arts and Entertainment Management with minors in both Business Analytics and Special Events Marketing at Pace University in New York City. She is also passionate about photography and traveling; which encouraged her to intern abroad in Dublin through the program at Stint Ireland.

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Why did you choose this program?

Before choosing this program, I first knew that I wanted to live abroad. Because of my major being specific to my university, I figured it would be hard to find equivalent classes at different schools around the world. I also wanted to be able to graduate on time, so I knew that I preferred to travel during the summer.

With all of this in mind, I was on the hunt for a summer internship abroad. I figured that gaining work experience would be even more beneficial than studying abroad.

I have also always wanted to visit Ireland, so coming across Stint was the perfect opportunity for me. It was everything I was looking for in my experience abroad.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Stint was very helpful before, throughout, and after my program began. All of the information provided on their website is very straightforward, and reaching out to them was very easy. Through the program, Stint was able to provide me with housing as well as put me in contact with different companies that I was able to interview with for an internship.

They were extremely personable and always there to help you with anything you needed throughout the program.

Some of the things I was responsible for included food and entertainment, and transportation throughout Dublin. They placed me in a house that was super close to my internship location, however, so it was only a 10 minute walk to commute to work.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The main piece of advice that I would give someone traveling abroad in general, is to save your money! Before my trip, I tried to calculate about how much money I should have saved up for the two months that I would be living in Ireland, but it ended up not being as much as I hoped. There ended up being a bunch of fun things I wanted to do while I was there that I never calculated into my budget. I also planned on traveling around Europe while I was there, which is even more money.

I think it's important to overestimate the amount of money you will need for your trip in order to ensure the best possible experience. That way, you won't have to say no to any fun experiences. it is a trip of a lifetime after all!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day for me during the program looked something like this:

  • Wake up at 9 am and get ready for work.
  • Walk to work and start at 10am.
  • Take pictures, do a bit of marketing research until 1 pm.
  • Take a lunch break 1-2 pm.
  • Come back and finish up work (or attend a work event) and end around 3:30-4 pm.
  • Eat dinner at home.
  • Finish the day by going out to a pub with some of my housemates for a drink and some live music.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was moving to a new place and not knowing anyone. Once I moved in, however, I quickly realized that this would not be the case.

There were 10 other people who were also doing the same program and living in the house with me. I got to know all of them, and we spent a lot of time together inside and outside the house. I still keep in contact with them today and plan to visit some of them after the program has ended.

I was happy to always have people willing to go out and do things with. Knowing that we were all there with the same goals and interests was really comforting.

What was your favorite part about Dublin?

Definitely the craic! Everyone I met in Dublin was so friendly and laid-back. It was a refreshing experience. It's also impossible to ever have a bad experience in any of the pubs in Dublin.

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Staff Interviews

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Jeffrey Shiau

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Marketing/Creative
Born and raised in NYC, Jeffrey grew up with a deep desire to seek out new experiences. He has found himself living in places as varied as Atlanta, England, and Scotland, having attended college at the former and studied abroad in the latter two. Since graduating he has traveled across the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Currently, he’s loving life in Dublin, Ireland, working as a member of the jolly Stint Ireland team.
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Did you study abroad? If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Jeffrey: Yes, I was lucky enough to study abroad twice. My first experience was at Oxford, England, as part of my college’s British Studies Summer program. It was the summer after my freshmen year. I’d always known I would study abroad ever since my older cousin studied abroad in Australia so I jumped at the first opportunity I had.

My second stint was a semester abroad in St Andrews, Scotland, during my senior year. Having spend a summer abroad, I knew I wanted to experience a semester abroad to have a full immersion. It turned out to be exactly as I hoped as I met so many wonderful people during those 4 months who’ve become great friends.

What does the future hold for Stint Ireland - any exciting new programs to share?

Jeffrey: Recently, we launched “Work in Ireland,” a new program that gives people the chance to come to Ireland on the working holiday agreement to work and travel. As a new company, we are extremely ambitious. The study abroad industry has been around for decades and it’s at the forefront of higher education now more than ever.

There’s a movement to increase participation in the United States because of it’s perceived benefits. This is a good sign. However, it’s important not only to think of quantity but also the quality of the experience. We’re keen on being innovative in the way we conduct our business; we’re never satisfied with the status quo.

We want to lead the way and set the standard for study abroad in the 21st century, using the endless resources available to structure meaningful programs that benefit the community and the individual in addition to lowering the barriers of entry to study abroad programs.

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What about the future of the industry? How do you think study and/or intern abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

Jeffrey: There’s a lot of research being published about the benefits of international experiences. However, many programs are ill-equipped to implement some essential services such as cross-cultural preparation or re-entry classes. Program costs are a problem as it prevents many less privileged students from getting an international experience.

In the next 10 years, we’ll see a rise in the implementation of experiential education that optimizes the student’s experience and increases the impact they have on their adopted community. Infrastructure for support and social networks for students abroad will be put in place providing genuine cultural immersion.

With the proven tangible benefits to the host community and the individual comes the opportunity to implement a viable crowdfunding model to lower the barriers of entry allowing lower-income students a chance they would not have if it were 5 years ago, or even now.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

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Jeffrey: We believe in being genuine. We are aware that there are people behind every aspect of our business. Every single applicant has a different background and unique journey ahead of them. Every company and organization we work with in Ireland is made up of people working on something they’re passionate about.

And the city of Dublin, and the country of Ireland, are places we love. With this in mind, we’re devoted to facilitating growth in both our program participants and our local community. We encourage the cross-pollination of cultures. Of talent. Of people. It is a powerful phenomenon and we hope it’ll help change the world in a positive way.

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