Due to my vocational training as a Correspondent with Foreign Languages I did a 5 weeks internship in Cork organised by Partnership International. This was not going to be my first internship, but it was definitely one of my favourites and a great experience. But now back to the beginning…
After a long and exhausting journey with my classmate, I was picked up by my host family at the bus station. I have never lived in a host family before, that’s why I was only thinking of the worst – I know, positive like always. As we arrived in my new home for the next 5 weeks it took a load of my mind: a cute little Irish House like described in books and after a tea and some biscuits I felt a lot better. In the end, I think it was the best decision I could have made. I have learned a lot more English, but I have also met a great Family and became more familiar with the country and its people.
On Monday morning we had the first meeting at Partnership International. We received an introduction, important information and a little sightseeing tour in Cork and then we had a free afternoon – a perfect start to discover the city. The first sightseeing tour showed me already that I wouldn’t be able to save a lot of money. The city offers so much: millions of cafes, restaurants and so many shops (Topshop, Gap, New Look, River Island…). Since I am from Berlin I doubted that Cork would keep me so busy. But I was wrong and I have learned from my mistake. Apropos prejudices, it’s true: The Irish People are super friendly and open-minded people.
On the next day I had my first work day and I was really nervous. I was told to work as a project assistant and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The team welcomed me warmly and I felt comfortable from the first minute. My tasks were a lot of internet research, writing emails, database work, accompany new students to their work placements and usual office work. I had varied tasks and I met a lot of new people. Result: a perfect work place experience in a great atmosphere.
“What are you doing in such a small city at the weekend?” asked me my best friend once. Well, to be honest I did so much that I don’t know where to start. Besides shopping and nice pubs with lovely Irish live music you can discover so much! But when people talk about Ireland I am thinking of green meadows and cows, steep cliffs, magical woods and small fishing villages. And that’s what makes Ireland so special – pure idyll! I liked the day trips to Blarney, the Ring of Kerry and Kinsale best.
This internship was fantastic and I can really recommend everybody to start such an adventure. You will improve your English, get in touch with new people and it can bring the best out of you. I miss Ireland already but I will come back, I promise. 😀
Want to gain work experience, improve your English language skills and explore Ireland? Then check out Partnership International’s internships programmes and start your Irish career adventure today!