I cannot believe it has already been a week since my red eye flight from Philadelphia to Dublin! This week I settled into my accommodation at University College Dublin where I met my amazing roommates, started exploring parts of city centre (including some great pubs and shops), went grocery shopping for the essentials, and went on a few excursions with the EUSA group, where I got to meet some new people from colleges across the U.S.. My favorite part of this week was exploring a little bit of County Wicklow with visits to Powerscourt Gardens and Glendalough Park. As a movie/film/media buff, I was bursting with excitement when we drove past Sir Daniel Day Lewis’ home as well as some locations for movies like “P.S. I Love You”. With mountains and lakes as beautiful as Wicklow’s, it is no wonder movie producers seek to have their films be featured here. I also ventured out to Dun Laoghaire by myself one morning to take in the sites of the harbor and a local farmers market for some produce and handmade jewelry (nothing that will not fit in my suitcase, I promise!). Despite being caught in the cold and rain all day, I am just to excited to be here I can see past it all. I was, however, soon greeted with a lovely runny nose after being alone in the rain all day without proper attire. It’s all a part of the experience!
I am thrilled to be here and to get started in my internship on Tuesday. As I discussed in my last blog post, I will be working in the beverage industry as a marketing intern at Intrepid Spirits Limited, an alcoholic beverage company best known for its privately labeled Irish whiskeys. Although it was not necessary for me to complete an on-site interview due to me already completely going through the interview process, I have been in contact with my friendly supervisors and they seem just excited for this opportunity as I am. It is always a relieving feeling to be welcomed so openly.
In a booming market such as Dublin and Ireland in general for alcohol products, it is necessary to conduct business in a way that allows the products and the company to stand out from the rest. Intrepid seeks to maintain ethical business practices by manufacturing using sustainable materials, connects with local vendors and retailers, and works along a equitable supply chain in which each and every employee is offered a living wage and is supported. By delivering premium products for a competitive price in an ethical and sustainable manner, Intrepid makes the marketing tasks that much easier because their exemplary business practices speak for themselves to their customers.
Additionally, for me personally, working as a marketing intern will require the ability to be open-minded and adaptable to various differences in communication between team members, and between the various clients and consumers. The individuals who make of the markets targeted by Intrepid are likely to me different from American markets, where the legal drinking age is much higher. Furthermore, extra communication and clarification might be required between me and my supervisors as tasks are thrown my way due to nuances in our uses of language, humor, and pace (even though we will all be speaking the same, literal language of English).
Similarly, when working in such a collaborative environment, it is crucial that I multitask efficiently and remain in constant communication between those I am working with as products develop and circumstances change. Due to the variability of a marketing position such as this, I will need to be able to multitask and balance many responsibilities at the same time.
I am hoping I will be greeted with patience during my first week as I transition into life within an office as a foreigner, but am also ready and capable to dive in head first into any challenges that might be sent my way. I am also eager to explore the different aspects and demands for specific alcohol brands and how the markets may change throughout the summer as the weather gets *slightly* warmer. I hope I will know all the ins-and-outs of the industry by the end of my time here, to the point that I will be able to discuss the difference between specific whiskeys with my alcohol snob of a father (I mean that lovingly).
With one week already under my belt, I am ready to take on the rest of my challenges here and am ecstatic to see what the rest of my time here will bring!