Summer Internship Program, University College Dublin
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Julia Stolarski

Major: Economics
Minor: Business and the Liberal Arts, Sociology
Hometown: Conshohocken, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this enrichment experience through the Education Abroad Fair. University College Dublin had their own table, and I spoke to the representative about the program. I asked many questions and looked on their website for further information.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I spent eight weeks living and working in Dublin, Ireland. I stayed in the University College Dublin campus in an apartment-style residence hall. There were about 100 students in the program, and we all took an elective course (Irish History, International Business, or Business Analytics) for the first and last week of the program. For the middle six weeks, we were each placed in a company for our internship. I was placed at the Bank of Ireland located in the Financial District, just four blocks from the city centre. In my internship, I worked in the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Strategy (MARS) unit as a business process analyst intern. However, the internship placements were based on your major and interests, so other students were placed in finance, marketing, and human resources internships in companies such as Deloitte, PwC, KPMG, and start-ups. We all worked Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, so it gave us time on the weekends to explore Ireland and other countries. During my time, I visited many parts of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and took a trip to London.

How did this experience impact you academically?

During my program, I took the Business Analytics Finance Project module. In this course, we learned about various methods to analyze stocks in Excel, and we applied these methods for a project we completed for the course. In addition, we had an opportunity to use the Bloomberg Terminal and complete the Bloomberg Essentials. For the second project, we used the Bloomberg Terminal to monitor our stock portfolios in which each team had “$1,000,000” to invest in five stocks and see how they performed over a two-week period. With this course, I am able to transfer three credits to Penn State.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I feel that I truly immersed myself in the culture of Ireland and made the most out of my time there.

My career goals are to become a business analyst for a financial service company or a travel agency. I have a passion for traveling, so this experience was perfect for me because I was not only able to travel and experience what it is like to live on my own but also able to gain experience in an internship as a business process analyst. By the middle of my program, I could easily navigate Dublin without the use of Google Maps and even help tourists with directions. I feel that I truly immersed myself in the culture of Ireland and made the most out of my time there.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students that have a business related major such as Economics, Human Resources, and possibly Public Relations, or are minoring in Business and the Liberal Arts because it is an internship program run by the UCD School of Business, and the internship placement is business-related. I would recommend this experience because there are three components to the program: the internship, the academic, and the cultural. Each component teaches you so much, and you get a lot out of your eight weeks in Dublin. For more information and testimonials, check out the following link:

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