The STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme, a Dublin City University initiative to inspire innovative learning, was established in 2016. The programme provides pre-service STEM teachers with the opportunity of a paid-internship experience in STEM focused roles and careers in global corporate firms. The concept, vision and design of the programme is led by Dublin City University Professors Eilish McLoughlin and Deirdre Butler.
Eilish McLoughlin is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Sciences and Director of the research centre CASTeL at Dublin City University. Eilish leads the preparation of second level physics teachers through DCU’s BSc Science Education Programme. Her research interests focus on supporting teacher’s professional learning in physics and science. She leads and collaborates in STEM education projects at EU, national, and local levels that examine the development of curriculum, instruction and assessment at all levels of education.
Deirdre Butler is a Professor in Digital Learning in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies & CASTeL, Dublin City University. She is internationally known as a leading scholar and creative practitioner of methods supporting teachers’ professional learning and students’ learning. Deirdre’s passion in life is exploring what being digital in learning can mean and what skills or competencies are needed to live in today’s complex globally connected world. She is driven by discovering how using digital technologies can revolutionise learning, challenging us to examine how we learn and questioning our assumptions about “traditional” models of schooling.
Claire was formerly the Internship Programme Lead and Graduate Recruitment Coordinator at Accenture. She completed her Bachelors in Business Studies in DCU. Previous to that Claire taught English as a second language in Madrid and Barcelona.
Programme Manager, Operations & Communications
Mairéad was formerly Head of Research & Learning and European Projects Coordinator at Science Gallery Dublin. She completed her PhD in DCU in astronomy research, is a qualified physics and mathematics teacher and has experience in teaching in Ireland and Australia. She is strongly interested in informal STEM learning, and she splits her time between DCU and the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, where she is Principal Investigator of SySTEM 2020, a project which is examining science learning outside the classroom in more than 20 countries across Europe.
Programme Manager, Strategic Development
Jennifer McKenna is European Programme Manager in Intel. She is an ambitious technical female who has worked on leading edge semiconductor technologies for 16 years. She has an inquisitive nature demonstrated by my extensive book collection. She completed a PhD in orgranometallic chemistry and is a member of the Astronomy Ireland magazine editorial team; proofreading and writing articles regularly for the monthly publication. With a keen interest in science, technology, health and wellness she wants to use her extensive experience in engineering and management to work with energetic and diverse people. Jennifer is Intel representative on Education Committee and CWIT lead for STInT Programme since 2017.
Shalini Hollingum is a Product Manager within Accenture Technology. She leads multi-disciplinary, global innovation teams leveraging leading edge technologies to build assets and accelerators that help clients along their Digital Transformation journey. Shalini leads Future of STEM Team at Accenture Ireland with the aim of promoting STEM education and careers for women, represents the company in Connecting Women in Technology, and has been involved with STInt Programme since 2016 providing industry voice to the programme and liaising with current and prospective host companies.