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Spotlight on an Intern: Claire Rembecki

July 09, 2015Laura Conlon

By Claire Rembecki

Describe your internship in one sentence:

Everyone should be jealous because it’s the best internship of them all. Wait no: It’s like telling stories with friends, except the stories are the most important happenings around the world, and my friends are caffeine and adrenaline-fuelled news junkies (read: rascals.)

Describe one of your favourite days on the job:

Oh goodness. Every day is so different, and I’ve honestly loved it all. I’ll go with my first day; within 20 minutes of arriving at RTE, I was whisked into an audience with the Minister of Finance Michael Noonan and the heads of NAMA on a story with a senior reporter. An hour later, I was travelling around Dublin filming GVs. And after that, I was sitting in an editing suite with a team, piecing together the lead story for the show. Not only did that set the tone for the incredible things I would get to do with Prime Time, but it was an implicit message from the crew that they planned on immersing me into real work instantly; there wouldn’t be any training period. And I loved that. I jumped in right away, and that allowed me to both take on a lot of responsibility and really settle into the crew. I’ve never idled on the sidelines at RTE; I’m doing actual work, work that becomes one of the most-watched news programmes in the country. That’s cool.

Which ND trip or activity has been the best?

I loved the trip to Kylemore Abbey. It was an all-day affair; we left early in the morning and weren’t home until almost midnight. But in that time, we managed two of my favourite hikes this summer. Words can’t do the climbs justice, but if you see a picture of the view from the top of Kylemore, you’d understand why the trip was my favourite. To quote my dear friend Maddy, “stupidly beautiful.”

How has your summer in Dublin compared to other experiences abroad?

I spent the fall semester of junior year in London, working with Parliament and studying European politics. And I’d never loved life as much as I did in London; the city is bursting with life and energy, which is odd given that the British are afraid of human contact and suppress everything on principle. Consequently, I wasn’t sure how I’d find Dublin; in a way, the Irish capital makes an effort to be exactly the opposite of its British counterpart. Dublin is much smaller, full of people who LOVE talking and making friends, runs on Irish time, and makes an actual effort to not make sense (cough the bus system, cough the post codes.) And yet, I’ve found that I love Dublin as much as – if not more than – London. I could write a book on why I love Dublin (but I’d risk becoming a worse and happier James Joyce, and nobody wants that) so I’ll just highlight the biggest difference: the craic. Dublin, and all of Ireland, has a word for what I’ve always loved most about life. Finding fun in the commonplace, and having a finely tuned ability to create fun through conversation. It’s an art, what the Irish do. And in Dublin, the craic is always 90.

What are two things that you miss about home, and what are two things that you’ll miss about Dublin when you leave?

There are actually four things I miss about home every time I’m abroad: my four little siblings, and I’m being quite serious when I say that no one has better siblings than I do. They’re nuts. As for what I miss when I’ll leave Dublin… 1) the Prime Time crew at RTE and 2) the craic. I do very well in a city of people who like talking, and like having fun when they talk.
Don’t worry Dublin; I’ll be back.