An Intern's Life
Geology Matters No 8
Introduction Director's Discourse The Role of Geoscience in Society World Geoscience Conference International Co-operation and Agreements Griffith Geoscience Research Awards 2008 - International Year of Planet Earth GeoUrban Dublin Project New Burren Map IYPE/Du Noyer Competition Launch of INFOMAR Website and Product Range Mapping Potential Landslide Hazards Groundwater Vulnerability Mapping An Intern's Life

An Intern's Life

Sharon McCabe
Sharon McCabe

Back in New York I attend Geneseo University where I study Biology and Environmental Sciences. I suppose you could say that my journey here to Dublin for the summer began way back in January when my friend and I first came to Ireland. Facing a fourweek break from school, I decided to be spontaneous; I was nineteen and had never travelled to Europe, though it had been something I’d wanted desperately to do for as long as I could remember. So I recruited a friend, and we hopped the next plane to Shannon airport. We spent the following two weeks backpacking around the west coast of Ireland and having the time of our lives. I spent every free moment of the following semester searching and dreaming up a way to spend my summer in Ireland. I was extremely lucky when I stumbled across this opportunity here at GSI through a programme called InterNational Ireland (based in Malahide).

My work at GSI has primarily revolved around IYPE. With a great deal of help from GSI colleagues I was able to produce the second newsletter for IYPE. Through my work on that, I ended up familiarising myself with a good deal of features and events around Ireland! One thing that I would like to mention is how included the people here at GSI have made me feel. I never once felt like an “intern” or like I was any different from anyone else here. There were always warm friendly faces asking if I’d like to go get some coffee (which was a lovely break on some of these rainy days). I can’t say how lovely that was.

Living in Dublin is an experience in itself and completely different than I imagined it would be! When I got here, I immediately befriended three Italian girls, which led to me meeting a few Brazilians, a handful of Polish people, more Brazilians, two French guys, and finally a lovely Spanish girl. Two weeks later when I started work here, I met some Irish people. Dublin has proved, in my experience, to be one of the most international places I’ve ever seen. I believe you could find almost any language being spoken somewhere in Dublin at any given time (ok, maybe Dublin isn’t so different from New York). I absolutely love that about Dublin! I’m walking away from here with a heightened knowledge of Ireland, its people, landscape and cultures! Not a bad way to spend a Summer!