ABOUT - OUR TEAM
The STEM Teacher Internship (STInt) Programme, a Dublin City University initiative to inspire innovative learning, was established in 2016. The programme provides student and early career 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.
Mary Cunneen has served as National Programme Manager since January 2023. She brings extensive experience in mathematics education to this role, both as a teacher educator and as a post-primary teacher. She has previously served as a Lecturer and Coordinator of the Mathematics Pedagogy in University College Dublin. She holds her BA, MA and PhD from University College Dublin.
Dr. Mary Cunneen
National Programme Manager
Katie Keogh is Strategic Relationship Manager for the STInt team, having joined the programme in April 2022. She has previously served in roles with the University of Notre Dame, the Childhood Development Initiative, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. In her volunteer capacity, she leads the FIRST LEGO League programme for the Irish Girl Guides. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA, 1998) and University College Dublin (MA, 2000) and is currently pursuing her PhD part-time at Dublin City University.
Elva Flynn joined as Programme Administrator in July 2022. She is a rising third year at Dublin City University. Elva is currently studying for her Bachelor of Arts in Law and Media Studies and expects to graduate in 2024.
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.