Goodbye Office of the Councillor…

In some ways, it feels like I am starting fresh. Technically, as of Friday afternoon I have a new job: Intern for the Office of the Mayor of South Dublin County. My boss, Emma Murphy, is no longer county councillor, she is chairwoman and first citizen of the county serving her term as mayor after…

Battling the Bus

The past week in Dublin has presented one significant challenge at work: the bus. Once I get to the office, it is smooth sailing, but there have been one too many bumps in the road along the way. I work outside of the city of Dublin in the suburban town of Tallaght. Because of this,…

Exhausted but Exhilarated

Week 3 in Ireland and fatigue is starting to set in, but in a good way. Before going abroad I prepared myself to be tired because I wanted to make the most of the experience, which means keeping busy! My first week of work ended smoothly. I feel like I always have a good amount…

A New Routine

I feel like I have began to settle into a routine in Dublin now that my internship has begun. This past weekend I spent the last few days before work started doing some travel and experiencing different parts of Ireland. I visited Belfast in Northern Ireland and saw the Titanic Museum, St George’s Market, and…

Busy Week in Ireland

Our first week in Ireland has been jam-packed with exploration, experiences, and repeatedly asking the front desk for pots and pans (we finally got them and we’re really excited about it). We toured the University College Dublin campus and had orientation in our first two days here. Orientation was a bit helpful, but ultimately I…

Diving Headfirst Into Ireland

Hello everyone! My name is Madelynn Lederer and I am excited to depart for Dublin this Sunday to begin the International Internship Program. I just finished my sophomore year at Pitt, where I am a Stamps Scholar majoring in Political Science and Public and Professional Writing in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and…