Stint Ireland Programs
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Stint Ireland Reviews
Life changing experience!
Submitted by Tia M | March 10, 2017
I came to Stint as part of a plan for a career change and it is the best thing I did! I cannot thank Stint enough for the opportunity and opening my eyes to new possibilities that were not available to me back home.
The organisation was top notch, I was kept fully informed every step of the way and my internship was such an excellent fit for me. The housing is great, very comfortable and convenient. The team at Stint are all friendly and helpful and I will certainly miss Dublin. My 2 months here were amazing and I will go home newly inspired to make positive changes in my life and career. The program fee is a bit on the steep side but the experience has been worth it.
I will remember my time in Dublin (and hope to return soon) as an experience that has changed me for the better and has provided me with invaluable experiences, contacts and knowledge. Thanks to my internship at Extreme Ireland/Irish Day Tours, I have travelled all over the beautiful country of Ireland. I have seen landscapes that have amazed and inspired me. As a writer, Ireland is a country filled with inspiration. I highly recommend Stint Ireland!
Program: Internships in Dublin, Ireland
Submitted by Anis Raihana - Taylor's University | March 10, 2017
My 10 weeks internship abroad has been nothing short of amazing and eye opening experience. I definitely did not have any regret for rejecting the local internship offer I received back home, a year and a half ago and decided to wait for another year for this internship in Dublin.
After almost a month, Dublin feels more like home to me. The people - from co - workers, bus drivers, shopkeepers to the janitors - everyone is friendly ! Even the cashier at Spar could play around, cracked jokes with me while waiting for me to take out some cash on one of the beautiful days I had here.
I have an amazing supervisor who does not mind to guide me whenever I went clueless. She is somewhat strict but also caring about her employees. My co - workers too, have been helpful.
Oh Stint Ireland Team and the crews (housemates) ? They are a bunch of cool people ! I'd never want to trade them with anyone else.
I'll definitely miss the wonderful time here, the hustle and bustle of Dublin, the scenic Howth and Bray, amazing architecture of Newgrange, the breezy Hill of Tara, magnificent scenery of Killarney and Dingle, the breathtaking scenery at Carrick a - rede - Rope Bridge that is located along the Northern Ireland causeway, the majestic Giant's Causeway, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, the beautiful town of Tipperary and Cork, and last but never the least, the weird 'not so Irish, not so English, not so European' Belfast. Ireland, tá tú uamhnach ! I'd love to come back to this second home of mine in few years time :)
Program: Internships in Dublin, Ireland
Surgical internship through Stint
Submitted by Emma - Chr | February 15, 2017
I did a medical internship through Stint from March until May of 2015. I've waited to write a review until it had been some amount of time since I left and I would be able to look back on my experience and see what I got out of it after some time. A year later, I am so immensely thankful to the Stint team for everything they did to get me over there and live my Irish dream for three months.
When I was researching internships in Ireland, the other programs seemed daunting and I wondered about their authenticity. That was never the case with Stint. Their team is so genuine and real since the first time we Skyped to interview, and we're just as great and supportive once you get to Dublin and begin your internship. But also keep in mind they are there as a support system and you will likely not see them until your support sessions or if you request a meeting. They aren't your parents and you will be living and working completely independently. For me personally, I grew up a lot by having to navigate the Dublin bus system and take public transport to the hospital every morning without anyone telling me how to do it, but once I learned and grew more comfortable, I was proud of my self sufficiency and independence.
As for my internship, I wanted to get medical experience so I shadowed a colorectal surgeon at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght. It's a 30 minute bus ride from the Stint house that I lived in in Portobello. My doctor was a very witty, cool Irishman and was great about showing me things and letting me shadow him both in clinic and in surgery. I saw so many cool procedures that I'm sure I wouldn't have had access to watch in the states. Looking back on it, I wish I had engaged more and not have been timid about how many procedures I wanted to watch, as opposed to the days when I would do research in his office. I was also able to take every Thursday off when my doctor was out of the hospital. I used those days to take day tours of the country. My doctor was very encouraging of me to use time to see the country and take as many trips and as much time as I wanted.
As for the living situation and social aspects of Stint, I am truly lucky to have had the housemates I did. I can't speak for it now as it changes depending on the current personalities of the Stinters, but I had an amazing group. They quickly became my best friends for those three months and we all still keep in touch over a year later. On weekends we would explore the city and the pubs and even sometimes take trips together. I chose a single room in the house and I believe that was a good choice for me personally, despite the price difference, as I need time alone and my own space.
Dublin itself is a quaint city that can be easily traveled or walked. It's one of my favorite places I've ever been to and it will always have a special place in my heart. The Irish people are as welcoming and funny and they have a reputation to be and love the craic (Google it). It took me all three months to be able to understand them, but now I miss hearing the accent everywhere I go.
I highly highly recommend taking a chance and seeing where this internship opportunity can take you. Yes, it costs money to live abroad and intern for free, but I don't regret using my savings on this incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience. Travel is the only thing that you can buy that makes you richer.
Great Craic in Dublin (architecture internship)
Submitted by Léa - Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Strasbourg | February 01, 2017
I spent 5 months in Dublin, from September 2016 to January 2017, and the experience was everything that I expected it to be, and more!
My first emails/skype call with the Stint team confirmed that it was the program for me : they were very friendly, understanding and reassuring (I wasn’t particularly afraid of living abroad, but being a non-native English speaker, I wasn’t 100% confident that my English was good enough). They found the perfect work placement for me in an architecture firm, and made sure that I was happy with it before, during and after the internship. My colleagues turned out to be amazing and I learned a lot!
I was a bit anxious about the housing before I left : the rent was REALLY expensive (Dublin being on of the most expensive cities in Europe, rent-wise) and I had never lived with 7 people before. The rent was (and is), indeed, expensive, but : the location couldn’t be much more better (15-20 minutes walk from the city centre) ; a cleaning lady came weekly and everything we needed was provided (fast internet, washing machine/dryer, kitchen utensils…).
A few of my housemates and I still had to face three stressful situations with our housing : somebody broke into our first house and stole a laptop that had been left on the kitchen table ; we had to move house in the middle of my stay because the landlady decided to sell, with a short notice ; we struggled with the heating/hot water for a few weeks in the new house in November (the hot water cylinder was apparently not big enough for 8 people). Even if it wasn’t Stint’s fault, we wished that they solved the heating problem faster, and that they offered us some kind of compensation (it was cold in November) (and again, the rent is very expensive).
Apart from this unfortunate events, I had a wonderful time with my housemates, and this is also what I was expecting with this program : a sens of community/family away from home. The minute you step into your new house, you know you will be surrounded by people that want the same thing as you : explore the city, go out, go on a day tour/weekend trip, talk about your day while cooking dinner, etc.
Stint was very helpful at every step of the way, even though I’m fairly independent/self-sufficient. I really liked going to the Stint office, because the team is lovely, truly concerned about your well-being and passionate about what they do.
Thank you Melanie, Jeffrey, Philip, and especially Seana and Aoife!
Program: Internships in Dublin, Ireland
Gap year in Ireland (First Time Abroad)
Submitted by Kimber Guidebeck - Northern Michigan University | October 17, 2016
There are so many amazing things I could say about my experience in Ireland and more specifically with Stint Ireland. Having never been abroad I was definitely anxious to up and move to another country. However, Stint was so helpful throughout the whole experience.
Before I even arrived in Ireland the Stint crew was there to help me throughout the application process. It made it easy for me to board my flight knowing things would be taken care of upon my arrival. Having conversed with Aoife over the course of a few months before I got to Ireland, when I finally met her for the first time at the Stint house the day I landed, it was like meeting a friend I've known for forever! And honestly, that's truly what Stint became...my friends!
They were so supportive while I tried to come to grips with being in a new country and not having a set date in which I would return home. It was definitely an adjustment for me, being very close with my family, and anytime I needed to talk their office door was open!
While I did run into a few bumps during my time as a working American citizen in Ireland, Stint immediately jumped into action and helped me resolve any issue straight away.
It was an honor to have been their first gap year participant and I fully recommend their program as I know it's only gotten better since I've left Ireland!
The gap year experience was an amazing opportunity because I got to truly integrate myself into the Irish way of life. Ireland is such a beautiful country with amazing people and Stint is no exception!