When I started looking for internship opportunities for this summer, I knew I wanted to go somewhere new and exciting. I figured it doesn’t get more new and exciting than a completely new country. I decided I wanted I wanted to go to Ireland to explore my family roots while gaining work experience.
For the next six weeks, I will be interning at Frank Buttimer and Company, one of the country’s most well-known law firms. While the firm does a little bit of everything, it has a high volume of criminal cases. Having previous experience at a public defender’s office working with a child welfare lawyer, I knew I wanted to learn more about criminal defense as a possible future career field.
I am excited to see how the Irish legal system compares to the American one that I have started to learn about. While I am flooded with excitement, I also foresee some possible challenges as I begin my role as a legal intern. One challenge I foresee is not being able to understand people in office, clients, etc. While I don’t have to worry about a complete language barrier, Cork, the city I am working in, is known across the country for having thick and unique accents. I am sure after spending a few days in the city I will get a hang of the accents and at the end of six weeks, I’ll have no problem understanding anyone!
Outside of my internship, I am also nervous about learning the ropes to a new city. I have family in the area who have been great in showing me around and helping me get acclimated to a completely new country. Cork is quite small compared to many cities in America so it is not too overwhelming. I have a feeling it will be the perfect place to spend my summer. There are many beautiful areas in the city that I can’t wait to spend more time in.
I am excited to explore my new city and begin my work experience at Frank Buttimer and Co. to learn more about the Irish legal system and see if a future in criminal defense could be possible for me.