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Sally Kirk

Tell us about yourself

Hello, I’m Sally! I’m from Clogherhead, Co.Louth. I am in my final year in BSc in Physical Education and Biology in DCU.  I am currently completing my final placement in a local school.

Why did you apply for the STInt Programme?

 I applied for this internship as I wanted to be able to share experiences and insights that will inspire my students to pursue careers in STEM. I think it is vital for teachers to get first hand experience of working inside these companies so that we can give our students a greater understanding into what STEM careers can entail.

I myself, as a student in secondary school, did not know much about STEM careers and felt there was not enough information provided. I would like to change this for my future students. 

I want to take part in this internship as I feel the need to adequately educate myself on the career paths that my students can take. I am currently working in DEIS school and I am aware that not all students will attend 3rd level education. I want to explore what other pathways STEM companies have available to these students. 

I applied for this internship as I felt it would be a fantastic opportunity for personal and professional development at this stage of my career. Before beginning full time employment, I wanted to experience life in a professional, well ran company where I could further my skills. 

Where are you doing your ‘STInt’ in industry?

I’m delighted to have accepted a role at ESB for summer 2021. ESB’s mission is to bring sustainable and competitive energy solutions to all customers and their vision is to be Ireland’s foremost energy company. ESB has many offices across Ireland and I have been placed in their ESB International office based in Dublin Airport. My internship will most likely be remote but may be moved to a hybrid style of working later in the summer – I’d love the chance to go on site and see what it’s like!

I’ve spoken to the team already and have been assigned a mentor who has been so helpful and willing to answer any questions I may have. My mentor explained that I will be working in the Engineering department, focusing on their engineering graduate programme. My role will include communicating with current and past graduates to see what aspects of the graduate programme can be improved. 

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