Omagh College – Industrial & Electrical Engineering
Interned at McGowan Builders, New York
“During my time here in America I worked for McGowan Builders, in the construction office of the Dream Downtown Hotel, a multi hundred million dollar hotel, I was involved in the general office work as well as working out on site doing site measurements and inspections. I spent most of my time in the office. I was given quite a bit of responsibility which I handled well.
My host family was very welcoming and I soon settled in, the entire family circle were very friendly and I got on well with them, the house itself was very nice and one of the best host family’s to live with I think.
The week we spent in Mississippi for habitat for humanity was the best, I had such a good time and it was such a great experience, to give something back, and help other people whose lives have been ruined by a natural disaster, it gave such a sense of achievement to see what we could accomplish after just one week, I just wish I could have stayed there for maybe 4 weeks of the internship. The weekend in Washington dc was very enjoyable, to see all the monuments and all the celebrations.”
Liverpool University – Teaching
Interned at Kids Camp, New Jersey
“Having spent eight weeks in America, it is safe to say that this has been one of the best experiences of my life. It all started in New Orleans where I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to help rebuild a home after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. This was a moving experience and one which was lots of fun.
From then, I moved north to New Jersey where I worked as part of Kids Corporation. After my initial concerns about the remoteness of the camp, I soon realized the great work of Kids Corporation and what they do for the children of Newark. The kids were mostly from a deprived background, were given the opportunity to leave the city for a day and forget about the worries of city life. Social barriers were broken down and friendships rekindled through the wide range of activities. It soon became clear to me the positive work I was doing as a camp counselor to make a difference in the lives of these children.
Project children has given me the opportunity to meet lots of new friends and experience a range of different cultures whilst also making it possible to catch up with family and friends in the US. I will never forget our stories at Kids Camp and the fun filled adventures with the other interns around Washington, NYC and New Orleans. I would like to thank Project Children for giving me such an opportunity. This is defiantly an invaluable life experience which has helped me grow and develop in my field of work and as a person.”
Queen’s University Belfast– Medicine
Interned at Sound Shore Medical Center
"Spending 8 weeks in New York is an opportunity of a lifetime. Coming to the US with Project Children has enabled me to experience first-hand how real New Yorkers live! I have had the chance to explore many areas both in the city and in New York State, and I have loved every minute of it. A personal highlight was the trip to Washington on the 4th of July weekend. In addition I have met many great people, both Irish and American, and I hope these new found friendships will be long-lasting."
Queen’s University Belfast – Architecture
Interned at Durr Mechanical Construction Inc
“In excitement I came to America. It was a once in a lifetime chance to live and work in one of the most influential cities of the world.
As a newly graduated architecture student, working on site on a major project allowed me to understand how the construction industry works in practice. The process of drawings being fabricated and then installed was fascinating to watch. It allowed me to understand the importance of my own drawings and how their legibility can effect the success or failure of a design. I discovered the deep importance between understanding and implementation. Information and communication is the most valuable asset to a team. My experience in systems information taught me how to organize drawings into systems of distribution. The quality of a system can determine the quality of the finished product.
Living in New York taught me independence and self preservation. It gave me the confidence to know that I could navigate one of the largest cities in the world, by train, bus, subway, ferry or car. Mississippi was one of the best weeks of my life. The hard work was rewarding and gratifying. Seeing how even a small group of twenty could make such a massive difference to an individual and a community reminded me of the strength of the collective. When compassionate, kind and willed people can do anything
These are all valuable lessons; I however found something far more life defining whilst in America, the dearest of friends. I now know that people and your relationships with them are the most precious things in the world and no money, power or knowledge could ever come close to the their importance. It is only through others that we may gain true happiness.”
Queen’s University Belfast – Communication, Advertising & Marketing
Interned at LLC/ International
“As it is my last week in America I am currently looking forward to the weekend that will be spent in New York City with the rest of the Project Children interns. As well as enjoying every minute of this opportunity, I feel that I gained so much experience through my marketing internship with Unateresa Gormley. Life in Greenwood Lake is much slower pace compared to that at home, especially at college in Belfast, which was very refreshing. I feel that I got the best of both worlds however, with work bringing us into the Manhattan regularly.
I love the buzz, and the realization that you never know what to expect any day or who you will meet. I had the opportunity to meet many influential and inspiring business people, visit Washington DC for the 4th July and get to know the other interns, who I will definitely be keeping in close contact with. This has been, without doubt, the most amazing opportunity I have ever received, and the best summer I have yet had. I am extremely grateful for being given this chance, to not only have the summer of a lifetime but also a chance to give myself much needed work experience and a competitive edge in the extremely difficult job market.”
Queen’s University Belfast – History
Interned at the Irish Examiner, New York
“Within a week of starting my internship the importance and value of it really hit home. I had already improved a number of skills needed in journalism and had been sent on interviews around the city. I learnt that by just keeping your ears alert in the office, you can learn a great deal of inside information and knowledge that would be impossible to get in the classroom of a Masters degree-something I am looking to study for.
Although the trip is primarily to cater for future careers, the internship has allowed me to experience the varied cultures of America. Within the last 5 weeks I have been in 6 states including major cities such as Boston, New Orelans, Washington D.C. and New York. You might expect each city to have very similar attributes to the next but that isn't the case. No matter how close the cities might be to each other, they have struck me as being different in every way. The architecture, ethnic diversity, culture, politeness of the people, and even the smell (which is most obvious on the streets of New York City) are the main differences I found.
My favourite places have been Boston and Washington D.C.. Leaving the hustle and bustle of New York City behind came as a surprised welcome, I noticed whilst walking through the streets. I thought the two cities were far more accessible than NYC for a tourist interested in seeing as many sights as possible, and being a history student, the cities definitely had a broader historical past than the Big Apple.”
University of Ulster – Business Studies
Interned at Turning Stone Resort
“My internship was based on the operational side of the business. I got to shadow the front desk, tennis, housekeeping and accommodation. I attended manager meetings and had customer interaction. All the manager's explained their duties and let me get involved and help them. American life was very different to what I am used to. I found the culture change very interesting. I enjoyed their sporting culture and how celebrity mad they were. America just seems to have a bigger version of everything. My favorite memory would have been the placement I got. Turning Stone was an amazing place and I was welcomed with open arms. They really went out of their way to make sure I was happy and understood what was going on”
University College Dublin - Marketing
Interned at urning Stone Resort
“My experience of the whole Project Children Internship Program has truly been memorable. From being part of the program 2010 I have learnt so much, made loads of amazing new friends and gained unbelievably valuable work experience. Thanks to the hard work of the organizers my placement couldn’t have been more perfect for me. I did my internship in Turning Stone Casino in Verona New York. From the moment I started my internship everyone was so welcoming and eager to make sure that I took away as much as possible from the internship. I had already decided that Marketing was the route I was going to take after completing my finals. So the HR Department at Turning Stone made sure that I was very much involved in all the marketing aspects of the Casino, which involved web design, graphic design, online marketing and event planning.
Not only did I love my placement but Kerry Costello who I stayed with and her family were so hospitable and made me feel like part of the family. Some of the many trips that I went on with Kerry and her family were to Old Forge, Syracuse and to an Irish festival. It also can’t go unmentioned the lovely meals that Kerry’s mum made during my stay. Thanks to Kerry who made sure I had an all American experience, I got to play in her volley ball league twice a week and I also got to experience my first ever bon fire. I have so many happy memories from the whole experience I couldn’t possible pick a favorite, I really did enjoy every aspect of the whole Internship Program and that is all down to the organizers & coordinators of Project Children, those who donate to the Program, the intern group of 2010 who are now friends, Kerry & The Costello family and those who spoke to us in both Washington & New York about conflict resolution. So I just want to Thank you all again for an unforgettable summer.”
University of Ulster - Communication, Advertising & Marketing
Interned at Travel Leaders
“I undertook my internship in Travel Leaders Plymouth in south west Michigan. My role involved many different marketing tasks including gathering research and creating valuable information for a marketing campaign. I was also involved in other administrative tasks such as organizing customer itineraries and documents and generally assisting clients. I found this experience really enjoyable and I feel I gained a valuable insight in to the different business culture between the USA and home.
Over the summer we managed to travel a lot visiting loads of different places with both our host family and Project Children. We visited New York, Washington, Cincinnati, Detroit and Chicago so we were always busy and had a great time seeing a lot of the states! I am so grateful for my host family making us feel so welcome and all the Project Children sponsors for making this possible. It has been an amazing and unforgettable experience!”
Queen’s University Belfast – Law
Interned at Binghamton City Court
“Completing the Project Children Internship Program has been one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences of my life thus far. Working with Habitat for Humanity on the first week was extremely fitting and placed into perspective the great opportunity we have been granted. Not only did I learn to appreciate the value of work ethic and the satisfaction one can gain from helping others, but I developed many lasting friendships; an ethos Project Children has built itself around for decades.
Participation in several conflict resolution conferences in Washington also gave us the opportunity to openly discuss how to progress peacefully as a community in Ireland. It was at this point I realized Project Children seek not only to provide internships for aspiring students, but are concerned on a more national scale with the social progression of young adults in a country once burdened with religious and political division.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my internship in Binghamton, New York and have became a much more motivated and well-rounded individual as a result. And for this reason we must pay tribute to the tremendous effort from Project Children to ensure each intern matures personally and can take away experiences that will be of vital importance in any aspect of life.”