Coming to Dublin for an internship, I felt like I had done all of the research possible to prepare for what I needed to see and do. But just as every traveler learns, some of the best experiences are unplanned. Here is the intern’s guide to a summer in Dublin.
When traveling to Dublin, it’s intimidating to navigate the City Centre at first. Familiarize yourself with landmarks. Not only will this help you learn the culture of the city, but it will also help you when asking for directions. The Irish tend to give directions by landmarks instead of streets. You’ll often be told to take a left at the church or right at a pub before you’re given any street name. Hint: get to know these landmarks by experiencing them! Hitting the big attractions during your first couple days is probably the easiest way to get the most out of your days while you’re still orienting yourself to the city.
Getting around the city may seem intimidating at first but the best option for young interns is the bus! With your student identification card from your home school and immigration letter, you are eligible for the student leap card, a loadable bus pass that can get you almost anywhere in Dublin!
Now that you’re equipped with the bus pass you can really go anywhere you’d like. What better way to spend one of your first afternoons in Dublin than touring the world-famous Guinness Storehouse? Book a ticket online early to skip the line and go right to the tour. I won’t spoil it, but you’ll fall in love with the beer and it’s story after the tour. Guinness will be your go-to beer at pubs this summer, so you might as well get to know it now!
The beginning of your summer is the best time to do all of the touristy things, while you’re still a tourist yourself! Make your way down to the Temple Bar pubs to experience them in all their glory, but unless you’ve got the funds to spend 8 euro a pint every night, you’ll find yourself at much more reasonably priced pubs surrounding the area later on in the summer. This is where you’ll meet the friendly Irish and get to know Dubliners much more intimately.