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Internships at the IIP

The Ireland Institute is pleased to offer several internships per semester and throughout the summer for interested college students. 

All of our currently available internship listings are available through the Regional Internship Center.

Former Interns 2010:

Scott Olmstead
is studying Public & International Affairs at Pitt.  He researched community organizations in Belfast during his Summer 2010 internship.

Former Interns 2009:

Jessica Plachta
was our Fall 2009 intern. Jessica, a sophomore at Chatham University, is studying International Business hoping to pursue a certificate in Middle Eastern studies. During her time with us, Jessica worked on donor reports, interacted with the Wider Horizons students, researched business opportunities, assisted with administration and other projects.

Aoife Mary Fanning

Aoife Mary Fanning, a 2010 graduate from Trinity College Dublin, joined us from Ireland in Summer 2009.  She promoted and organized IIP events, assisted with programs, administration, and IT. 

Former Interns 2008/2009:nicole

Nicole Werner joined the IIP as an intern for fall semester 2008. After graduating Duquesne University with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology, she returned to the IIP for Spring 2009. While with the IIP, Nicole worked on reasearching new business opportunities, the Common Ground Ezine and other PR material, administration and other projects.

Kelly Smith, a Point Park University junior (2008), interned at the IIP during Summer 2008. She was responsible for assisting on our Wider Horizons program, PR, administration and other projects.

Former Interns 2007:

Amy Boots rejoined the Institute in 2007 for the summer and academic year.  She worked with the Wider Horizons program, edited the Common Ground e-newsletter, and worked on the website.  She graduated from Duquesne University in 2008 and will be going to Japan on the JET program to teach English.

Erin Byrne spent a semester in Galway, Ireland before she joined the Ireland Institute in the Fall semester of 2007.  She is a junior (2007) at the University of Pittsburgh studying History and Political Science, with an interest in ethnic conflict.  She researched areas in conflict  and program development for the Institute.

Former Interns 2006:

Amy Boots
Amy Boots is currently a junior at Duquesne University, studying Modern Languages.  After her internship in summer 2006, Amy spent the fall semester abroad, taking classes at the University of Salamanca in western Spain.  During her time at the IIP, Amy helped to research and plan a biotechnology delegation to Ireland, compiled new information for future press releases, and helped with the transiton to a new database program.  

Meg PMeg Pusateri is currently a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh.  Though she is a Biology major, she plans to complete a certificate in Western European studies. In the spring of 2007 Meg will be studying abroad in Galway, Ireland and taking classes at the local branch of the national univeristy.  During the summer of 2006 and continuing into the fall semster, Meg worked on planning a biotechnology delegation to Ireland, coordinating orienations and activites for new groups of Walsh Visa and Wider Horizons students, as well as several graphics projects. 

"I enjoyed my time at the IIP a lot.  I learned a great deal about the biotechnology industry in both Ireland, Northern Ireland, and here in Pittsburgh.  I also learned a lot about the inner workings of a non-profit organization, which was something totally new for me.  My co-workers also contributed to my enjoyment of my internship - they were great  to work with."

Shawna Daugherty, from Cleveland, graduates this summer from University of Pittsburgh. While with the IIPShawna Shawna was responsible for many special projects.

"I value the work I did at the Ireland Institute very much.  I was able to learn a lot about the inner workings of a nonprofit organization, and add different skills to my resume. 

Meeting and working with people from different backgrounds was also very interesting and exciting.  I would recommend IIP for anyone interested in gaining real work experience in the nonprofit world."

Former Interns 2005:

HeidiHeidi Baughman is currently a senior at Duquesne University, studying International Business and Marketing. During her time at the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, she worked on the Institute’s golf outing fundraiser and helped create an Access database system. 

"I have enjoyed my Internship at the IIP immensely. It has given me an excellent insight into the day-to-day operations of a vibrant Non-Profit organization. The work varied widely from organizaing events to information management."

Heidi Lynch was born and raised in Pittsburgh.  She will graduate from Penn State University in May 2006 with degrees in International Politics and German. During her time as an intern, she prepared an application proposal for the Institute to obtain approval from the State Department to sponsor J-1 visas.

“My internship at the Ireland Institute was excellent. I chose to work with the Ireland Institute as a way to pursue my interest in international relations. Instead of just fetching coffee and making copies all day, I got to work on a range of projects and had real responsibilities. I enjoyed the challenge of doing 'actual work' for the Institute and felt comfortable in the friendly atmosphere. Overall, I feel that my work experience with the Institute has been extremely valuable in preparing me for the real world."


Emilia Gallagher is currently studying Communication and Political Science at Duquesne University. As the special projects intern, during the summer of 2005, she worked on the 9th annual golf outing, website design, the monthly e-newsletter ‘The Common Ground’, and preparation for the Rooney Fellow for the fall of 2005.

I have enjoyed working at the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh because it has given me experience with fundraising, event planning, and marketing. The skills I have gained due to working with people of a different cultural background have been priceless”
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