Irish Interns 2015/2014


Annabel Aman interned for the Civil Engineering Department at University College Cork (UCD) under the guidance of Dr. Dominic O’Sullivan, Dr. Ken Bruton and Dr. Peter O’Donovan. She wrote computer software that exports the raw data collected from research in heating and air-conditioning systems into interactive data visualisations for building managers. In creating these visualisations, Annabel had to familiarise herself with several programming languages, including web-based development, in order to create a visual that was both accessible and interactive. While her work was primarily in software development, Annabel also had the opportunity to learn about evolving research in making more efficient air-conditioning and heating systems, since faults found in these services often result in the increase usage of fossil fuels.

Megan Ball conducted independent research in the National Library of Ireland and O’Connell House under the direction of Kevin Whelan. This research is primarily based around the Shan Van Vocht, a Belfast-based Nationalist newspaper that was published monthly from 1896 to 1899. The work included a thorough analysis of the content, contributors, and subscribers of the magazine. Megan transcribed the recently located original manuscript subscribers lists, both Irish and American, an exciting new archival source that dramatically expands our knowledge of Irish nationalist networks on the eve of the 1916 Rebellion. Megan also analysed in detail the list of the Irish-Americans receiving the newspaper to better understand the impact of Irish Nationalism in the late nineteenth century diaspora. Megan will incorporate her research findings in a senior thesis for her history honours major.

Michelle Bartlett interned at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), under the supervision of Dr. Conor McGuckin. Her research focused on inclusive education practices for students with rare diseases, with a special focus on 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (DS). Because there is so little awareness about this second most common neurogenetic syndrome, Michelle was passionate about spreading knowledge and contributing to the literature on 22q11.2 DS. This summer afforded her the opportunity to present for the first time at a conference (Learner Voice Conference, June 2015) which was an unforgettable experience. As she hopes to attend medical school, this opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge research was hugely exciting for her.

Matthew Benenati conducted medical research at two hospitals in Dublin, the private Mater Hospital, and public Beaumont Hospital for the first five weeks of his internship in Ireland. While there, his research projects included identifying specialties which generated the highest volume of research in certain medical areas. Matthew was also given opportunities to observe surgical procedures and to gain valuable practical exposure to the workings of the Irish medical system. For the last three weeks of his internship, Matthew relocated to Galway, where he worked in the Research and Development Department at Merit, a medical device manufacturing company. His responsibilities there were to test the durability and longevity of innovative devices used in various cardiology and radiology interventional procedures. This gave him a new perspective on medicine, from the perspective of the medical industry.

Robert Black conducted research at the Costello and Kelly Research Group in the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU). This group is primarily interested in the dynamics and evolution of laser produced plasmas. Research foci include stagnation layer formation, novel ablation geometries, plasma field charge demographics and (the primary interest of Robert’s research internship), resonant laser ablation. The group is led by Dean of Science and Health at DCU, Prof. John Costello, with research directed primarily by Dr. Thomas Kelly. It is composed primarily of Ph.D graduate students in Physics so Robert felt privileged to participate as an undergraduate. The laboratory group allowed Robert to develop the skills necessary to design and complete independent research initiatives. Resonant laser ablation deals with tuning the laser to an electronic transition of the bulk material being ablated and examining the intensity of the plasma produced to investigate the effects of this tuning of the laser on plasma production. The internship included both an instructional and independent period, which allowed Robert to develop an autonomous experimental design and control in obtaining and analysing data. Weekly group meetings developed his communication skills in a research setting. He was expected to communicate results effectively to other group members. A technical component of the internship included mechanical work on lasers, optical parametric oscillators, delay generators and optical setups – all transferable skills in physics research.

Brian Bredemann was responsible for assisting in the budgeting of Notre Dame’s groundbreaking newly-announced education centre built in partnership with the Benedictine community at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara. He was also administrative co-ordinator of Notre Dame’s InsideTrack leading 100 Notre Dame students in an immersive programme across Ireland, interacting with Irish business, politics, culture, religion and history. Working on budgets, reconciling expenses, handling financial details and meeting deadlines was a valuable pragmatic experience in applying real-world setting skills that Brian had hitherto only experienced in a classroom.

Kate Broadbent and Kelsey Sullivan, working alongside two Irish students, Patrick Jordan and Sarah McAvinchey, researched the factors affecting care leavers in Ireland through Don Bosco Care, a non-profit organisation, that offers residential care, aftercare, and outreach services to young people unable to live at home. Through this project, they examined both the benefits and challenges within the care system as a platform for future research. The team produced a research report at the end of their eight weeks. Kelsey also worked in the fundraising department, planning the annual fundraiser. Kate and Kelsey also got to immerse themselves happily in the community atmosphere of Don Bosco, and loved working with their new Irish friends in the attic/penthouse/boutique office space.

Julia Buff worked in Media Relations/Communications at the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Her very first task at work was to take the famous All-Ireland trophies for both Gaelic football and hurling up to the roof of Croke Park, the cathedral of Irish sport, for a photoshoot, which was an incredible opportunity. As well as helping with photoshoots and news conferences, Julia worked on a team developing and sharing social media content, editing and proofreading internal communications and match day programmes, worked with radio stations to promote games, and conducted interviews and wrote articles for the GAA website. Julia got to puck the ball around on the sacred sod of Croke Park, with the help of a few GAA hurling and camogie (women’s hurling) stars. Julia loved learning about the incredibly rich history and cultural significance of the GAA, and felt that she was really placed at the living heart of Irish culture in Croke Park.

Will Carey interned at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI), a non-profit organisation that funds and supports early-stage social entrepreneurs. From FoodCloud, which helps supermarkets donate unused food, to Women For Election, which trains and supports women running for public office, SEI has helped many transformational organisations get off the ground. Will assisted with everything from writing fact sheets about entrepreneurs to sending out thank-you letters. Will initially worked with the yearly selection process, whereby a huge pool of applicants is whittled down to the lucky few that get SEI funding. The day after he arrived, Will helped set up a bootcamp for 50 prospective entrepreneurs where they pitched their ideas and listened to presentations. Will conducted research to help SEI further engage its network of entrepreneurs who previously received support. Will also went to Killarney for a conference where SEI showcased it’s alumni. At SEI, Will got got to see at first-hand the amazingly vibrant ecosystem that Irish social entrepreneurs are creating.

Clayton Conroy worked with a small new team within the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) tasked with identifying and attracting emerging business globally – working with young but high growth companies, with a capacity to generate jobs. The IDA of Ireland is regarded as the global leader in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). It works with companies from around the world to promote Ireland as an optimal location for business. The current impact of foreign direct investment through IDA has resulted in 175,000 jobs. Clayton researched these new but rapidly growing companies, reviewed financial statements, and supported client itineraries. He got a fascinating inside look at how business is conducted in the world’s premier FDI organisation.

Seán Cotter, a recent graduate of Art History at Notre Dame, assisted in the Education Department of the National Gallery, one of Ireland’s leading national cultural institutions. Working under the supervision of Dr. Marie Bourke and Joanne Drum, Seán contributed to ongoing projects, including collection provenance research, government liaison, and public relations. Seán had a prominent role in conducting tours of masterpieces (including Caravaggio, Velázquez, Vermeer and Picasso) in the collection for foreign students, in accordance with the Education Department’s goal of extending accessibility of the national collection to all people. The experience gained at the National Gallery deepened Seán’s love of public outreach through art. Inspired by his Irish experience, Seán now intends to pursue a career in education in heritage or cultural service, following the completion of his MA in art history.

Jack DiCanio and Eileen McTigue, both Finance majors, worked with Seagate’s External Reporting Team on a variety of accounting and corporate finance projects. Seagate Technology is a global leader in the manufacturer of hard drives and specialises in data-storage solutions. Although originally based in Cupertino, California, Seagate’s headquarters are located in Dublin. Their work assisted the company in preparing for the end of its financial year and the compiling of its 10K and Irish Filing Report. Other projects included researching and analysing recent accounting pronouncements, comparing filing practices of competitors, and performing controls to ensure that the company was meeting generally accepted accounting principles. While working in a team, both found the internship to be an incredibly valuable experience in gaining insight into advanced accounting practices. They both enjoyed working directly with the 10K filing, and researching the technology market and Seagate’s accounting practices. Working for Seagate Technology helped them both to built a strong accounting foundation, applying what they have learned at Notre Dame in a world-leading company.

Eoghan Flanagan conducted research in the Department of Physics at Dublin City University working on the photo-electrolysis of water (using solar energy to split water into its constituent parts, hydrogen and oxygen). The goal of this research project is to develop a solution for a viable and efficient source of renewable energy. By combining different metal oxides in varying ratios, and using these compositions as electrodes in an electrolytic cell, Eoghan sought to find which of the mixed metal oxides were the most effective in generating photo-current, and accordingly in producing hydrogen fuel from solar energy. The first half of the project consisted of designing an efficient method for producing these metal oxide electrodes: mixing metal oxide solutions to form precursors of varying ratios and concentrations: applying these to conductive glass slides; gently baking the slides to evaporate the solvent: baking at higher temperatures to oxidise the metal; setting up a circuit in which the glass slides are submerged in water to measure the respective generated photo-current. The second half involved building a computationally controlled workstation that allowed for the quick screening of an array of samples with different compositions. The setup consisted of an automated station which flashes a laser, records the current, steps the laser to the following sample and repeats the process. Eoghan worked independently – deciding what equipment was needed, purchasing it, organising the equipment set-up and getting the whole system working. He also shadowed the other professors and Ph.D students in the department, learning about fascinating methods and impressive equipment. Eoghan felt that he got an inspiring preview of what it means to pursue a Ph.D or a lifetime career in physics research.

Iain Flanagan worked at the Marino Institute of Education. Iain is a 2015 graduate of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education, who spent the last two years in Pensacola Catholic High School as an English Language, Arts and Music Teacher. At Marino, Iain was part of an internal team reviewing their B.Sc Programme in Education Studies. Marino implemented the course four years ago and their first cohort just graduated. The review gave Iain an opportunity to work with an amazing group of teachers who are passionate in forming wonderful educators. Iain submitted a report on the B.Sc programme, made possible through interviews with staff members, online surveys of the school community, meetings with staff focus groups at Marino, and comparison with comparable domestic and international programmes. Iain’s second report was based on an independent study on school partnership programmes in Ireland and internationally. Marino seeks to strengthen their relationships with surrounding schools and Iain researched several successful partnerships as models for the college to emulate.

Emily Fortner worked with Dr. Gary O’Reilly, in the School of Psychology at University College Dublin, on his research project on cognitive behaviour therapy, and especially his computer game, Pesky gNATs. This game, in conjunction with a smartphone application, combines current technology with established therapeutic techniques. This game is targeted towards children aged 10-13 years with anxiety or low mood disorders. Preliminary testing assessed its helpfulness as a mode of therapy, and Emily sharpened the current focus on marketing the game worldwide and obtaining funding. Emily assisted Dr. O’Reilly in reviewing the accuracy of both the computer game and the phone application. She also identified different start-up and entrepreneurial competitions into which to enter the Pesky gNATs model. Emily also researched accreditation for different types of mental health professionals in all fifty states of the US to determine what professionals are licensed to use the game for therapy.

Bridget Galassini interned with the Anglo-Irish section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA), based in the Reconciliation Fund, which supports organisations working for peace, understanding, and anti-sectarianism in Northern Ireland. Bridget’s day-to-day work was uplifting because it was helping people. Tasks include creating budgets for the organisations and their projects, reading grant applications or post-disbursement applications, and communicating with the organisations. Overall, Bridget had excellent exposure to non-profits/non-governmental organisations (NGOs)/charities/etc. involved in post-conflict work in Northern Ireland. Bridget also generated a Budget Management Manual for the fund, a huge independent project. Bridget was pleased that DFA trusted her as an intern to really learn by doing and figuring stuff out on her own. Bridget also participated in actual visits to the organisations in Belfast. Bridget was able to express her interests in peace building, budgets and non-profits/NGOs/charities/etc. – a perfect placement for a Peace Studies and (International) Economics major like her.

Cailean Geary and Kelly Griffith interned at the Write to Read programme based at Saint Patrick’s College. The programme delivers professional development to teachers and educators to raise the quality of literacy education in eleven disadvantaged schools in Dublin. The program implements metrics to gauge the children’s grasp of literacy and how curricula can improve their skills, motivation and agency. Cailean and Kelly performed analyses for several of the programme’s components. This research included visiting schools to test phonic comprehension and word knowledge of infant-level students; observing classes and leading exit interviews of the Young Writers’ Academy (a weekly workshop for the top writers at these schools to work with a professional author on their creative writing); and organising and scoring over 350 randomly selected writing samples of students of various achievement abilities to measure their progress. Cailean found this experience beneficial in preparation for her upcoming job at a social policy research company. Kelly found the research complementary to her future position as an Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellow.

Margaret Gegick worked as a research intern in the Department of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin with Dr. Holland on projects involving parasites and ecology. The research studied how parasites affect ecosystem stability and health. Specifically, the research focused on how changes in the environment reduce or enhance different parasitic effects. Margaret assisted on all aspects of these projects, including travelling to different rivers and lakes around Ireland to collect samples, as well as separating those samples in the lab. Margaret was encouraged to deepen her knowledge of the existing research literature, thereby developing a clear sense of how her research served to plug gaps in the existing understanding.

Cecilia Heffron served as an intern in the Press Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA) at Iveagh House on Stephen’s Green. She was responsible for alerting newspapers, television stations, and other media outlets about press opportunities with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, official visits of foreign dignitaries, and other meetings and events sponsored by the department. During department events, she monitored the Twitter account, took photographs, and helped with the accreditation process for journalists. She reviewed the morning papers to create a report of all news stories relevant to Irish foreign affairs. Cecilia was tasked with rebuilding a page on the website and writing web features on each of the lectures in a commemorative lecture series hosted by Iveagh House. Lastly, in the light of tragedies that affected the Irish abroad (the balcony collapse in Berkeley and the terrorist attack in Tunisia), Cecilia liaised with journalists regarding Ireland’s emergency response approach. She also assisted in monitoring the emergency phone lines.

Jack Jacob worked with the Science Gallery Dublin. This role allowed him to explore two distinct roles within their operation. His more visible occupation involved roaming the floor of the gallery during exhibition hours and facilitating discussion about the pieces on display. In addition to providing scientific, technical and artistic background for each piece, it was Jack’s responsibility to engage with visitors about their responses to each piece. These interactions were been consistently rewarding due to the varied and surprising nature of the conversations: no two responses are ever the same. Jack also helped the education team devise classroom lessons aimed at 14-year-olds. These educational materials are specifically targeted at students with even the vaguest interest in the sciences and seek to deepen their future engagements with scientific pursuit. His lessons will be linked to the Gallery’s upcoming exhibition: SECRET. Jack communicated closely with the education team to discern their vision for science education, quickly absorb a substantial amount about disparate fields, then condense this information into an exciting itinerary suitable for classroom use. This process, especially the review and refinement process, has prepared Jack well for being able communicate complex scientific concepts in an accessible but not dumbed-down way.

Clare Kossler worked at Diona, a software startup that primarily develops mobile apps for the social work industry. She worked as part of a team of interns to research and develop a prototype for a new mobile solution to encourage meaningful interactions between children and social workers. Clare enjoyed the research process, and particularly enjoyed the team aspect of learning how to work together effectively. Clare felt that she become a better team player and discovered that she loved brainstorming and designing alongside other brilliant individuals who kept her focused and who encouraged her when she discovered something worth pursuing.

Arthur Laciak had the opportunity to work for Senator Mark Daly at Leinster House, where everyday, he felt that he was immersed in the centre of Irish politics. He attended sessions of the Senate, policy meetings, and watched pertinent issues being debated. He experienced how the Irish Government functions and how constituents are served. His main task was a project in regards to the upcoming election. Another project involved preparing the National Flag protocols for the 1916 commemorations. Arthur found that his internship was memorable because he knew that the work he did would be applied to national issues.

Madelyn Lugli worked with Lar Joye, curator of the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, which focuses on decorative art and military history. Museum works on creating new exhibits, gathering and conserving historical objects, researching their provenance, and creating a space where visitors can engage in the country’s rich historical culture. No two days at Collins Barracks were the same. Madelyn worked on projects that involved intensive research and editing. One was adding biographies to the Roll of Honour from 1916, especially those with a focus on the women involved in the Rising. Ensuring that these women received their due recognition was Madelyn’s biggest achievement. Madelyn also aided in editing books and websites, attending tours, and helping with locating, measuring, and transferring items from the Museum’s stores. She also attended meetings on the upcoming 1916 exhibit, gaining real insight into the planning behind a new exhibit.

Megan McCuen interned at Fighting Words, a creative writing centre for kids, serves Irish youth through field trips for primary and secondary students, summer camps, and writing groups. Their work allows students to express themselves, explore their imaginations, and gain confidence in their writing. All Fighting Words programs are free of charge and are facilitated by volunteer tutors. As an intern, Megan worked to facilitate field trips, helping the children begin a story as a group, then mentor them as they finished it on their own. She eventually got to lead the workshop, one of her favourite experiences. Megan helped out in administrative capacities as needed. She also helped out at their summer camps where kids came to learn playwriting and fiction writing. The students constantly come up with zany characters, eccentric stories, and thoughtful writing. As Megan writes herself and intends to teach after graduation, this internship was a perfect fit for her.

Breanna McDonald interned at IBM Research with the Smarter Urban Dynamics team (SUD). The SUD team focuses on sustainable mobility and developing analytics to optimise urban dynamics. Her project team sought to connect city transportation providers with travellers in the city, in a way that both protects the users and optimizes their journeys. Since her major and concentration are Computer Science and Cyber Security, Breanna specifically focused on the security of the data retrieved from the users in order to achieve maximum privacy. Since the data obtained from users can be sensitive, it is important to develop approrpriate access control over the data. Her team presented a model for representing the stored data whilst enforcing access control, and Breanna worked specifically on programming the model and its storage mechanism. The data is in readable format (RDF) (a way of representing Semantic Web data in human) but her team added an extra input. Breanna worked with the source code of the RDF library in Python to extend some of the classes and functions so that the data can be modelled and stored correctly. Breanna also developed the next step: using the retrieved data, enforcing the new methods, and then trying to access data where access should be denied. This task here, trying to hack in to test the security, was Breanna’s favourite part of her internship. A typical day consisted of lots of coding, questions about coding, meetings about coding, coding, testing, fixing, and testing again. Breanna was assigned an overall goal and a chunk of the project to code, which takes 1-2 weeks. Breanna found no boring day at IBM, and woke up every morning excited for what IBM had in store for her that day.

Maggie McDowell worked at Poetry Ireland, an organisation committed to achieving excellence in the reading, writing and performance of poetry throughout the island of Ireland. Maggie logged interesting submissions to the Poetry Ireland Review, reached out to book sellers who promote the publication, took tickets at a packed poetry reading and drafted tweets promoting literary events around the country. She witnessed the scope of Poetry Ireland’s outreach, and contributed to the smooth running of the organisation. Before coming to Poetry Ireland, she had never made a sales call or done anything resembling marketing, and was ignorant of the mechanics of editing software. She found this to be the most valuable part of her time: that she was allowed to try her hand at every task and no two days were the same.

John (Jack) McGinn interned at the National Folklore Collection. His general work included cataloging hundreds of copybooks by civil parish as well as the preservation of manuscripts and copybooks. He also worked on digitising photo slides and archiving books and papers. One of his most enjoyable tasks was transcribing several stories in Irish as well as locating specific entries in various manuscripts, most often in Irish. He also assisted visiting the public with the finding and copying of different materials in the collection. He was thrilled to work hands on with such spectacular primary source material and to learn so much about the collection, all the while regularly interacting with co-workers through the medium of Irish – one of his great passions.

Ryan Moran worked at Diona, a software startup that primarily develops mobile apps for the social work industry. He worked in a team of interns to research and develop a prototype for a new mobile solution to encourage meaningful interactions between children and social workers team. For Ryan, living and working in Ireland has been both challenging and extremely rewarding. On his first day, he had no idea what to expect, but he certainly didn’t assume that the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Marketing would spend a large part of their day simply chatting with him over coffee at a local café. From day one, the people at Diona made him feel like welcome. Ryan has learned a great deal about innovation, design, and teamwork while working in Diona. He has also learned that it is people who make any company truly special.

Aastha Nigam worked at IBM Ireland involves working on problem statements. She focussed on implementing various machine learning algorithms on a distributed computing framework. Aastha validated these algorithms using telecommunication data for recommendation problems. She learned a vast amount of new skills and enjoyed working with experienced people.

Nora O’Sullivan worked with a branch of the recently rebranded Irish Dairy Board, Ornua, called Kerrygold. Ornua is the largest dairy exporter in Ireland and is well known globally for its dairy products and ingredients, notably its butter and cheese. Kerrygold launched a new product in the US in 2014 – Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur. Nora worked on a small marketing team in Dublin. Her role consisted of social media, managing meetings and preparing promotional material. She also conducted marketing research, sales and price research and assisting in the preparation for all events involving Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur in Ireland, and the United States. She travelled with her team to Bordeaux, for Vinexpo 2015, the largest wine and spirits show in the world with over 2,400 vendors. Her goal was to connect with importers to expand the product and to help the company grow. Nora learned so much about the fast paced and competitive world of marketing. But she loved working for such a great company and for a product in which she truly believes. It was a massive opportunity to be involved in the early roll-out of a product that will take the USA by storm

Jimmy Pennoyer interned with the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) at University College Cork HMRC is involved since 1979 in the research and prototype development phases of marine renewable energies, specifically tidal and wave energy. HMRC is dedicated to making marine renewable energy a viable green replacement to environmentally harmful energy-creating processes (such as burning coal, peat and oil). Jimmy’s specific project was to create a viable way to measure uncertainty in tidal energy outputs. He sought to figure out how much energy a particular geographic location would provide if tidal energy turbines were installed. The uncertainty part involved complex mathematical modelling of tolerance levels within the forecasting model; can one predict accurately how much energy can be harnessed from one of the most turbulent and volatile environments on the planet – the Atlantic coast of Ireland.

Graham Pilotte interned at the Abbey Theatre, a globally recognised leader in the theatrical world. A typical workday was filled with a combination of meetings, teamwork, performances, and individual research and projects – she was always on the go. She was able to attend the model box presentation, where the set and lighting designers from an upcoming show presented a detailed diorama of their concepts. Graham described it as enlightening to see how many people it takes to make a theatre company work, and how varied and dynamic the workplace environment is. The Abbey’s mission is to to create a world-class theatre that actively engages with and reflects Irish society while prioritising Irish writers and artists, as well as audience experience. At the Abbey, Graham worked in a variety of capacities. She was based in the Sales and Customer Service department, where she mastered the Tessitura software to track ticket sales and customer relations. She also researched how to increase tourism awareness in major markets in Europe and Asia. She also got to assist in stage management during performances of the Irish classic, The Shadow Of A Gunman. Graham enjoyed a behind-the-scenes view of arts administration at a major world theatre, a tremendously valuable experience.

Claire Rembecki worked with the News and Current Affairs Division at Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster. The show to which she was assigned was Prime Time, a landmark current affairs programme which features in-depth coverage of stories around Ireland and the world. Claire’s role was production assistant, which essentially meant that she worked with whoever needed help, whenever they need help. This allowed her to work with every member of the crew – producers, editors, reporters, cameramen, transcribers – and help every part of the show come together. She transcribed interviews, travelled around Ireland on shoots, chased public officials for interviews, pored over scripts and show schedules, devoured every newspaper on the island daily, and braved freezing rain and late nights … and she loved every minute of it. The collective crew embraced Claire immediately. The experiences Claire had were equally remarkable – from meeting CEOs and public officials to seeing every corner of Ireland, she lived the crazy life of a journalist. And working on both short-term and long-term stories gave Claire an unparalleled insight into the journalism world, seeing stories develop from start to finish. Seeing the pieces on which she worked air, felt even better than ‘a Notre Dame victory’. Yep, it felt that good!

Tommy Rogers worked as an insurance law Intern at William Fry Solicitors. He worked directly with the insurance director as well as the other partners in the department. Tommy drafted merger & acquisition and share purchased agreements between insurance and reinsurance companies. He drafted opinions on how recent Irish and European Union insurance legislation positively and negatively affects the firm. He also worked on litigation in the insurance department. He helped bring legislation to the High Courts and attended those proceedings. William Fry has given Tommy a broad-spectrum look into the other departments of the firm through informative sessions.

Tyler Sammon worked as a research intern in the Distributed Systems Group, Department of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin. His project was on programming simulations using modelling software called NetLogo. The simulations are based on the minority game – a problem in game theory where each agent in a group must make a choice between one of two things, and the goal is to make the less popular choice. Tyler was implementing various strategies employed by the agents to make their choice, and then analysing the outcome. The experimental results will eventually be applied to practical applications such as a network of self-driving cars or mapping software, with the goal of lowering the amount of congestion on streets.

Owen Smith was the O’Connell House intern for the summer. His duties included assisting in the planning and adminsitration of the internship programme activities. Owen publicised the events, and organized supplies, meals and transportation accordingly. Owen also monitored the interns living arrangements and their adjustment to Dublin living. Owen’s responsibilities also included helping with social media, writing the newsletter, and creating a programme booklet with site descriptions. He assisted with the Dublin Summer Programme as well. Owen really learned just how much planning, staff, communication, and supplies are needed to execute any activity effectively. He loved being able to keep in touch with everyone in the programme and making sure that everything was running smoothly.

Sarah Witt interned at the Irish Cancer Society on the Relay For Life team. Relay is a twenty-four hour event that brings the whole community together to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, to remember those whom we have lost their lives to the disease and to fight back by increasing our knowledge of cancer and by raising money to fund vital research and services of the Irish Cancer Society. Sarah worked on many projects including editing Relay videos and Candle of Hope mailings. Her favorite project was creating information packs to give to primary and secondary schools, as a way of engaging more young people in Relay’s mission

Na Yu worked at IBM Ireland, one of sixteen partners involved in the TRIBUTE project. The goal of this project is to minimise the gap between computed and measured energy performances through the improvement of the predictive capability of a state-of-the-art commercial building energy performance simulation. Her role investigated the human activity detection and the influence of human activities on building performance including building performance simulation by optimising the occupants’ schedule inputs to the software. Na’s internship was closely aligned with her Ph.D research and gave her new insights into her research field.


Patricia Bartlett, an accounting major, was the O’Connell House intern. She created a weekly e-newsletter for the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre Dublin, which featured the many different events and programmes offered throughout the summer at O’Connell House. Patricia assisted the staff with their multiple academic offerings – the Dublin Summer programme, the Irish Internship programme, the Graduate Irish Seminar, and the Inside Track. Her internship also involved mastering the organisational infrastructure of O’Connell House, including event management, administration, pastoral care for students, accounting, and hospitality.

Katie Brennan, a Yusko Scholar and sociology major, worked with Coco Productions on ND’s landmark documentary on the 1916 Rising. Katie’s responsibilities included finding locations to shoot, assisting at the shoots, transcribing interviews, reformatting scripts, and verifying sources for the collected footage. She also worked on a parallel documentary, revealing the behind-the-scenes story of creating this major documentary, which will air in 1916 on PBS and RTE (the Irish state television service) on the centenary of the Rising.

Rachel Broghammer, a double major in marketing and Italian, utilised her unique worldview as a ND student to benefit ConnectIreland. ConnectIreland is an innovative way to create new jobs in Ireland by harnessing the power of the global diaspora. Its mission is to attract foreign companies to Ireland through using the eyes and ears of the diaspora. Rachel’s work centred on introducing ConnectIreland to the Notre Dame ‘family’, its students, alumni, and staff, to generate more connections and therefore opportunities for ConnectIreland. Plans included the creation of a Notre Dame Irish Festival, various literature for Irish American and Notre Dame media, as well as a website overhaul.

Patrick Butler, a History and English double major, worked in the Press Office at the Department of Foreign Affairs. His responsibilities included the co-ordination of all media for major state visits to Ireland by foreign dignitaries, notable examples being that of the President of Mozambique, and a Chinese delegation. Patrick alerted major media outlets of the impending visits, and at the events themselves, he ensured that the media had the appropriate opportunities to capture the events. Work visits included Áras an Uachtarán (the Irish President), the Mansion House (The Lord Mayor of Dublin), and the Office of the Taoiseach. Patrick also monitored national and international media for news stories relevant to the Department of Foreign Affairs, such as Irish citizens abroad, Irish business deals, and Northern Ireland politics.

Kathleen Clark, an English major, interned with the Abbey Theatre Archives. The Abbey, Ireland’s national theatre, has played a massively influential role in the culture of the island for over a century. The Abbey has a hugely valuable archive, which it is now seeking to present to the public in digital form. Kathleen’s specific role was in the digitisation project, preparing and archiving collections of press clippings and other documents for scanning.

Ariel Clark-Semyck, an English and psychology major, interned at Poetry Ireland, the national organisation for poetry in Ireland, dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting poetry, through four core activities: publications, readings, education and an information and resource service. As well as contributing to the overall smooth functioning of Poetry Ireland, Ariel’s specific duties included editing the new Poetry Ireland Review 113 (an issue dedicated to Seamus Heaney), updating the website, and helping to run cultural events.

Katherine Dudas worked with Coco Productions on ND’s landmark documentary on the 1916 Rising. Her tasks included online location scouting for the director, transcribing interviews from the 1950s, and script formatting and organisation. Katherine also handled multiple tasks that the producers needed done to facilitate pre-production. On shoot days, Katherine assisted the crew, as well as filming for the Making Of the 1916Documentary video. The producers guided the ND Intern group through the process of how to deliver their own short film. The overall experience helped Katherine gain an in-depth and pragmatic understanding of all sides of the production process on a world-class documentary.

Olivia Furman, a Balfour-Hesburgh Scholar, Doan Scholar and MSPS Scholar and Africana Studies major, interned at the National Gallery of Ireland in the Education Department. The National Gallery collection holds 15,000 works of art dating from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. The Education Department seeks to enhance the experience of the collection by providing support services tailored to the tastes of a diverse public. In addition to organising programmes and events for all age groups, it also promotes the appreciation of the collection and art in general by way of outreach activities. Olivia aided in the preparation and organisation of each event, such as lecture series, educational film screenings, workshops, and drawing sessions with local artists. She also supervised the creative spaces in the Gallery which are open work spaces for adults, children, and classes who engage in art projects during their visit.

Greer Hannan, a graduate student in ND’s Masters of Divinity programme, was an intern at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin. This Centre undertakes social analysis and theological reflection to advocate on behalf of those suffering injustice or disadvantage in society. Greer’s project involved research and social policy writing on the issue of rehabilitation and re-integration of people who have served prison terms into Irish society after their release. Her work allowed her to integrate Jesuit spirituality with social justice in the specific context of the Irish prison regime.

Connor Hayes, a Yusko Scholar and Political Science major, conducted independent research, based in O’Connell House, analysing the political evolution of LGBT rights in Ireland – a timely topic, given that the Irish marriage equality referendum takes place in 2015. He interviewed a diverse array of people, from veteran activists of the gay rights movement in the 1980s to newly elected politicians. He also spent a considerable time in the archives at the National Library, tracking the narrative of the Gay Rights movement. He is developing the research into a senior thesis for his political science major, with the aim of ultimate publication.

Sean Howard, a physics major, participated in research at Dublin City University with Dr. Lampros Nikolopoulos, an expert in Theoretical Atomic and Optical Physics with an emphasis on strong laser-matter interactions. He investigated the stochastic effects of free-electron laser (FEL) radiation on the Auger electron yield of atomic Neon. FELs create high intensity, fast X-Ray pulses that can probe atomic and molecular structures at a resolution never previously realised. By studying the stochastic properties of FELs, Sean’s research team aimed to understand the random variations that occur within the X-Ray pulse in order to better resolve images of sub-microscopic systems.

Kelly Huffman, a Science-Business major, interned at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin as both a mediator and an intern with their Research and Education programmes. Science Gallery is a world first – a new type of venue where white-hot contemporary scientific issues are thrashed out, where ideas meet and opinions collide. Since opening in 2008, over one million people have visited Science Gallery – ranking it among the top ten free cultural attractions in Ireland. As a mediator, Kelly facilitated discussion with visitors about the various pieces: her role involved explaining and illuminating the science behind the exhibitions to visitors. She worked with ‘a crack team of science fans with a passion for talking about science and the arts, who love nothing more than to talk nerdy to you’. Kelly also conducted research and tasks affiliated with the research and education programs at Science Gallery, which gave her additional insight into the organisation and objectives of this innovative Gallery.

Danny Jackson is the Ryan Fellow for Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). The Ryan Fellowship places the candidate in an internship that allows for engagement in significant empirical research projects related to Irish education policy. Danny carried out two principal research projects. The first project focused on principal formation and school planning in Irish schools, for which Danny interviewed principals and school leaders to gain insight into these crucial lynchpins of the Catholic Education system in Ireland. His second project concerned designing a new website for the ACE Ireland programme. ND’s ACE programme has a strong and constantly expanding Irish presence.

Lauren Josephson, a marketing major, interned with Coco Productions for ND’s landmark documentary on the 1916 Rising. She assisted the production crew to make sure that the entire process ran smoothly. She transcribed archival interviews of accounts from 1916, formatted the scripts to meet the needs of the crew, scouted locations, and researched the accommodation and transportation needs for international locations, among many other office tasks. Lauren assisted on three shoots, two in Dublin and one in Tralee in County Kerry, where she tended to the crew’s needs and made sure that the production process ran efficiently. She also worked with the three other interns on their own ‘behind the scenes’ documentary, a nuts and bolts look at how a major-league project of this magnitude is achieved.

Katherine Joyce, a finance major, interned at KSG, a restaurant and catering business with over 100 locations in Ireland. Katherine was primarily located in the head office, where she rotated through various departments, such as HR, Marketing, and Finance. She was also able to go on site, which allowed her to see how everything that she was working on at head office was implemented in the various catering locations. Katherine was accordingly able to gain a full spectrum view of this innovative and award-winning company.

Jimmy Kelly, a Theology major, was a research intern with the Dublin Archdiocese Office of Evangelisation & Ecumenism. He compiled demographic reports for all 199 Catholic parishes based on the 2011 census results. Using a self-made methodology grounded in the theology of Vatican II and recent papal teaching, he programmed spreadsheets to extract and graph relevant census data to illustrate the composition of each parish in comparison to the general profile of the archdiocese. By assessing the historical development of Irish attitudes towards Catholicism, he was able to analyse the results within the context of the contemporary relationship between the Church and society in Ireland. His work will aid the Dublin archdiocese as it seeks to rejuvenate the faith through the new evangelisation. Jimmy’s work was published as a major report, with a CD containing the results for every parish of his painstaking analysis.

Maura Kelly, a management consulting and sustainability student, was delighted to have a business internship in a company that makes a real difference. She found this in ConnectIreland, based in Kilkenny, where every call, every decision, and every conversation focuses on how the actions of the company can create new employment opportunities for the Irish people as they emerge out of a deep recession. A typical day involved working on ways to bring ND and ConnectIreland closer together, and doing various tasks in the office that would help their busy system run more smoothly. Maura developed a better connections to Notre Dame, a deeper understanding of the IDA and ConnectIreland’s business model, and a sense that she contributed to a good cause for Ireland by helping to create jobs and opportunities right across the country.

Sean Kelly, a finance major, interned at the Gift Voucher Shop with its One4all gift card brand. This is the leading multiple-use gift card in Ireland and it is also growing steadily in the UK market. His role with the company was as a marketing intern working on two distinct projects. The first task was to expand the market for the product by reaching expatriates of Ireland and the UK. The second was to research the SME corporate rewards market for the best practices around the world. In this position, Sean was treated as a project manager and enjoyed all the support and resources that this innovative and high-performing company has to offer.

Molly Kenney, a psychology and pre-professional studies double major, worked with Dr. Gary O’Reilly, a psychology professor at University College Dublin, to develop a computer game and smart phone app called Pesky Gnats designed as a clinical intervention for Child Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She researched the licensing requirements for mental health professionals in the US, which varies across every state, so that the programme can be made available to the States. She also assisted with smaller projects within Pesky Gnats, such as focus groups, customising dialogue to make it suitable for American children, and creating explanatory literature on CBT and on the Pesky Gnats project.

Kathleen Krah, a major in Chemical Engineering and a Coca-Cola scholar, interned at the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre in University College Cork, a research group that collaborates with industry and other academic groups on coastal engineering and marine renewable energy projects funded by the government, industry, and the EU. She researched different operations and maintenance (O&M) strategies for offshore wind farms and looked at how these strategies can be optimised as wind farms move further offshore into deeper and stormier Atlantic waters. It is a massive engineering challenge to design structures capable of operating efficiently in such a high-stress environment. She developed an economic model of different offshore wind O&M strategies utilising offshore accommodations for wind farm technicians to improve accessibility and decrease costs. The model can determine the most economically efficient way to service these wind farms in order to make offshore wind a more competitive source of renewable energy.

Peter McGinley, a political science major, was an intern in Senator Mark Daly’s office in Dublin. His major responsibility was assisting with a bespoke volume on the 1916 Proclamation to appear during the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. The book will feature one-page essays from the heads of all 28 EU states and others around the world with a connection or affinity for Ireland. The essays will highlight those connections, and discuss the timeless and universal values outlined in the Proclamation. The volume will also have translations of the proclamation into the language of each of these countries. Peter managed to visit a vast array of embassies located in Ireland.

Sara McGuirk, an English and film double major, interned with the Sports Broadcasting department of RTÉ, Ireland’s national television station. Sara worked day and night on producing RTÉ’s extensive and hugely successful coverage of the World Cup. She was assigned multiple tasks, everything from covering live matches in the studio to preparing analysis pieces with commentators to editing full-length teasers and closers. Each day, two teams of six people came together to produce everything necessary for the programme to run smoothly, crafting highlights packages, running live commentary as well as creative teasers and stings. The job itself was a high-intensity and demanding series of team-building tasks which all worked in conjunction to cover one of the iconic tournaments in international sport. The experience of being a core member of the team was a one-stop shop for learning on the job how modern TV production works.

Caelin Miltko, an English major, worked at the National Folklore Collection, based at University College Dublin, one of the largest collections of oral and ethnological material in the world. Books, manuscripts, recordings, photographs, drawings and paintings deal with Irish life, folk history and culture. The collection contains over 80,000 photographs and Caelin helped to digitise one of their principal photo collections on vernacular housing. She also assisted visitors in navigating the collections. The sheer breadth of material available at the Collection astounded her, she constantly was gaining new insights and the experience has inspired Caelin to conduct her own research there in the future.

Camille Muth, a psychology and Film and Television studies double major, interned at Coco Television on ND’s landmark documentary on the 1916 Rising. In doing many different tasks, she ended up with a very well-rounded sense of what such a massive production entails, from practical details like researching sourcing hotels in India to watching the Director of Photography orchestrate the perfect lighting set-up. The team ethos was pre-eminent and no one was unimportant. Having the opportunity to work with these seasoned professionals was its own kind of validation that they too could find success in this competitive world.

Kristina Nhim, an accountancy major, worked as an intern for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) team. Kristina’s project involved promoting the 24 EY EOY finalists, as well as the programme as a whole. She was able to work with many diverse groups, ranging from a television production team to digital designers, marketers and the entrepreneurs themselves. This wide exposure to multiple facets of the EY Business offered a comprehensive and in-depth experience.

Nora O’Sullivan, a psychology and Arabic double major, interned with the communications team of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), the largest voluntary sporting organisation in Ireland and custodian of the national games of hurling and Gaelic football. In the media world, every day offers something new. Nora was involved in managing Public and Media Relations affairs for the entire GAA. She interacted with people from all over Ireland and communicated with GAA Public Relations Officers from each of the 32 counties about fixtures, their websites, and their own social media. She was able to implement her own ideas for social media, including running the Instagram for the GAA. Nora also attended multiple sponsorship launches in or around Croke Park, the national cathedral of sport, and she enjoyed working behind the scenes on game days to make sure that Press events ran smoothly.

Jack Olding, a physics major, worked with Professor Werner Blau at Trinity College Dublin. Professor Blau’s group is internationally known for his work in Advanced Materials Physics and interdisciplinary molecular and polymer nanoscience. His research group is one of the largest, most active and best-known nano-materials groups in Ireland. It is among the first in the world to adopt an interdisciplinary approach including chemists, physicists, materials scientists, optical and electronic engineers, and polymer technologists. As well as its research profile, this group has also a strong track record in technology transfer to Irish industry. Jack studied silver nanoparticles and their possible utilisation in thin film solar cells.

Andrew Pemberton, a financial and political science double major, interned at Bank of Ireland on the Global Markets trading floor, and Corporate Finance with the leveraged acquisition team. He supported the senior traders for corporate and institutional clients dealing in foreign exchange and interest rate hedging. He also worked on structured products, fixed income, and carbon credit desks. Andrew went on client visits to help pitch to the CEOs of Ireland’s biggest multinationals, attended networking events by the IDA and other organisations, and participated in several corporate events, including a company-wide night at the greyhound races.

Robyn Przbylski, an accounting major, worked at the global headquarters for Seagate Technology on Fitzwilliam Square. Seagate is an American data storage company that is currently incorporated in Dublin, and has its principal executive office in Cupertino, California, Seagate developed the first 5.25-inch hard disk drive (HDD) in 1980, and they were a major supplier in the microcomputer market. In March 2013 Seagate was the first disk manufacturer to have cumulatively shipped two billion HDDs. Robyn reported to the corporate finance division in Cupertino, performing various tasks including accounting research and analysis. The firm tailored the internship to her specific major in an effort to make the experience as valuable and useful as possible, which allowed her to optimise this internship opportunity.

Beth Reimbold, an accounting and economics major, interned in the Corporate Banking area of Bank of Ireland, specifically on the business development FDI team. Her role included preparing presentations for clients and researching company backgrounds and financials. She sat in on conference calls and pitch meetings as well as to attend bank-hosted events. She was also able to interact with Richie Boucher, CEO of the Bank of Ireland, widely credited with turning the bank’s fortunes around after the fiscal crisis of 2008.

Marisa Rieber, a psychology major, interned with the Catholic Primary School Management Association [CPSMA] through ND’s Alliance for Catholic Education. The CPSMA, headquartered in Maynooth, County Kildare, works to support and advise 3,000 Catholic primary schools in Ireland. Marissa organised and analysed the results of a survey that sought to gauge inclusion in Catholic schools. At a time of major transition in Catholic education in Ireland, Marissa was able to gain a deep insight into the challenges facing this sector in an Ireland that is increasingly secularised and multi-cultural.

Megan Schilling, an American studies major, interned at Fighting Words, helping with creative writing workshops for primary and secondary school children. Fighting Words, a volunteer-led organisation, Fighting Words is a creative writing centre inspired by 826 National in the United States. It helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing through story-telling and creative writing workshops. Megan was constantly amazed by the power of children’s imagination and its ability to produce characters like Bob the Wardrobe, Eyeball the Washing Machine, John Joe the Ginja Ninja, and so many more. Besides hands-on experience with students, she also worked on the administrative side with the volunteer database, workshop calendar, and summer camp preparation. The internship allowed Megan to explore the inner workings of running an educational non-profit.

Dottie Schleuter, an accounting major, had the challenging opportunity to work with the dynamic EY Entrepreneur of the Year team. While initially surprised to be assigned non-accounting tasks like marketing and PR work, she soon realised how beneficial it was to strengthen her skill set in these areas as a preparation for a business career. Dottie was immersed in Irish culture as she worked alongside and socialised with seventy Irish interns. She also kept a blog on the EOY website full of her anecdotes and stories.

Laura Shute, a biochemistry major, worked as a research intern at University College Cork in Dr. Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy and Dr. Abina Crean’s combined Pharmacy/Electrical Engineering laboratory. Laura worked on an independent project designing a biodegradable, biocompatible polymer to use in a self-deployed magnetic compression device for colon repair that merges materials science with medical device production. Laura worked on the biochemical and materials aspect of a larger project in collaboration with engineers and pharmacists.

Rebecca Shute, a biochemistry major, spent the summer interning at the Biomedical Sciences Institute at Trinity College Dublin, which offers an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to biomedical research, with a special focus on the molecular basis of disease. Rebecca worked in the laboratory of Dr. James Murray on cancer cells, investigating mitophagy, the recycling of damaged mitochondria, and its implications in age-related diseases. Rebecca developed useful laboratory skills and time management abilities with this rewarding research environment.

Tatum Snyder, a science-business major, was the Relay for Life intern at the Irish Cancer Society. She designed a template ‘Roadmap for Relay’ that the fundraising team will use to plan and run Relays around Ireland. She also assisted the Dun Laoghaire Relay Committee with their event planning and team development. Cancer affects everyone, regardless of where they live and her internship also allowed her to connect with Relay for Life staff all over Ireland, America, and Belgium, and to share best practice.

Julia Steiner worked at RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, covering the World Cup for their Sport Online department. A vital cog in a small team, Julia was responsible for collecting relevant professional photos during each match, feeding them to up-to-the-minute live blogs, creating a daily photo gallery of the World Cup action and editing, packaging and publishing stories to the site. The live and kaleidoscopic unpredictability of each match gave her the valuable experience of working in a fast-paced journalism environment. Julia’s supervisor and co-workers helped her to learn the basics of broadcasting and digital media and were generous in trusting her to contribute content on their same level. Julia learned how to navigate a new working environment by confidently recognising what she knew, admitting what she didn’t, and seeking to construct new things from that fruitful interaction.

Erin Sullivan interned with the United States Department of State at the U.S. Embassy Dublin in Ballsbridge. The initial weeks of the internship were in the Visa Unit. Everyday Erin assisted with document intake and data entry, observed visa interviews, and reviewed business records to detect fraud. For the next weeks, she worked in the American Citizen Services Unit, assisting American citizens visiting Dublin with issues such as lost passports, thefts, and arrests. She reviewed applications for U.S. citizens living abroad seeking U.S. citizenship for their children. Erin subsequently worked in the Public Affairs Office, where she helped orchestrate the annual Fourth of July Party at the Ambassador’s Residence in Phoenix Park. Erin also performed administrative tasks, attended meetings, wrote speeches, and helped to plan upcoming Embassy events.

Barbara Tyznik, a history major, interned with Localise, a non-profit organisation in Dublin that engages young people in positive community work in their local neighbourhoods. Barbara primarily worked on developing a parallel programme called Give Back Mentors that will be rolled out in the United States in 2015. The program will bring a celebrity mentor into the classroom with middle school students once a week for a semester: together they will plan a community outreach event and learn about the joy of service. Barbara was able to spend time in the classroom and meet young Irish students excited about service.

Patrick Valencia, a political science and history double major, interned with the Reconciliation Fund in the Anglo-Irish Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland. He helped plan, design and implement the Department’s Reconciliation Fund Strategy 2014-2017 ( Additionally, he worked on Northern Irish community relations, specifically the evaluation and monitoring of reconciliation projects that receive funding from the Department. The internship included field visits to the border regions and the North.

Emma Venter, an English major, worked as a research assistant for Professors Declan Kiberd and P.J. Mathews as they compiled and edited a publication on the cultural effects of the Irish Revival period, entitled The Handbook of the Irish Revival. This project involved archival research in the National Library sourcing the pivotal documents in this transformative phase of Ireland’s cultural history. Emma was also an intern of the Abbey Theatre, the publishers of the handbook, working with their literary and marketing departments.

Emily Voorde, a political science major, conducted independent research for her senior thesis to be completed next year. She investigated disability and accessibility policies in Ireland, more specifically rehabilitative programs aiding job placement and barrier reduction in the workplace for those with physical disabilities. Her findings will be used to evaluate Irish policies against those implemented in the United States. Potential ratification of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by both nations provided a topical component to her work. Emily was able to conduct many interviews as well as more archivally-based research.

Rose Walsh, a management/entrepreneurship and political science double major, worked with CPL Healthcare, the largest recruitment organisation in Ireland with a highly recognisable brand in both domestic and international markets. CPL recruit more than 1,600 temporary staff and 715 permanent staff each week across Healthcare categories including nursing, allied health, social care and healthcare assistants. Rose orchestrated a project to examine the international nursing market and to locate the best countries and nursing schools from which to recruit qualified nurses in an ethical way. This research will be used in pitching proposals to the Irish and UK Health Departments so that Cpl Healthcare can help alleviate the nursing shortage in the two countries through a global search for scarce nursing talent.

Liang Wu, an applied and computational mathematics and statistics major, worked with IBM Research in Dublin. IBM Ireland is a world leader in mining Big Data for efficient ways to manage smart cities and smart economies. Liang worked on a specific project on hydraulic diffusivity inversion for a confined inhomogeneous aquifer. Using the mathematical models of groundwater, the goal was to estimate the permeability field of 2D confined aquifer given measurements of water levels at certain wells. The strength of this technique is that observations (water levels) can be utilised to estimate physical parameters that cannot be observed directly (permeability field).

Jian Xu, a PhD student in computer science and engineering, interned in IBM. IBM Ireland is one of the leading providers of advanced information technology, products, services and business consulting expertise. Jian was located within the Smart Urban Dynamics group, conducting data mining on mobility behaviours of citizens, in order to help with public transport planning, event detection, and mobile phone network optimisation. This cutting–edge research is a leading example of how to utilise Big Data to optimise smart economies.