The vibrant city of Belfast, by Imola, Hungary

The rugged Northern Irish coast

The rugged Northern Irish coast

A story by Imola,

Country of Origine : Hungary

Country of destination : Northen Ireland

At my university course of International Business BA, the 7th semester was an obligatory professional internship. It could be completed either in my country or abroad. I immediately decided to go abroad because I was hungry for new experiences and adventures. I started looking for a job in the spring and a couple of months later I was in Belfast already.

I was really excited and a bit worried to leave my home country for the first time but 6 months turned out to be too short. I lived in that vibrant city, met wonderful people and collected incredible memories, so as soon as I got back home, I knew that I won’t stay long. Now my next destination is England because I have fallen in love with the culture and the language but I am eager to try another place as well. This decision solved the major question of what should I do after graduation.

In addition at my internship I managed to strengthen some of my skills, like speaking and understanding the English language and professional skills attached to my work. I feel that I only gained during my time in Belfast.


I think anybody who tried to live in another culture or got out of the comfort zone and traveled, knows: this is one of the best experiences that you can undergo. If you ever get the opportunity – for example a founding programme like Erasmus+ – don’t think about it too much, just go!

Madeline Blackburn - Intern Europe

Having taught all over the world, Madeline is passionate helping young people to find work opportunities overseas. She is a co-director of Intern Europe and ESPA which are dedicated to helping young adults find great work experience and internships across Europe.

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