Subject: Updates from the IIIC team!

J-1 Intern Program 
February & March Newsletter
Oh, the Places You'll Go! 
Check out our recommendations for fun spring trips across the United States:

Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine is a beautiful seaside city full of food, history, and vibrant culture! If possible, travelers should arrive via the Amtrak Downeaster train, which departs from Boston's North Station and follows a scenic route up the New England coast. Upon arrival, don't miss out on Portland's amazing food and drink scene; you'll find small, locally-owned restaurants full of unique and delicious food and delightful craft beer and cider. You can take the "mail run" boat around the many beautiful islands of Casco Bay, and end your evenings with shopping or live music in Portland's young and bohemian downtown - all within walking distance of your hotel!  (Thomas)

Denver, Colorado

Head to the Rocky Mountains and the Mile High City for a concert in the Red Rocks amphitheater, hike Mount Evans for incredible views of the city and say hello to some big-horned sheep! Afterwards, enjoy the 16th Street promenade where restaurants offer local food and brews galore.  (Deirdre)

New Orleans, Louisiana
Come down to "The Big Easy" for some Cajun soul food, iconic jazz, and French-Creole cultural immersion. New Orleans encompasses a rich European culture with vibrant nightlife. Take a pontoon boat ride through the Bayou to see alligators and other swamp marine life. Wander the Spanish colonial streets of the French Quarter for live jazz performances, talented street artists and a colorful bar scene. Later in the day, catch a paddle boat ride on the muddy Mississippi River for a sunset cruise. If you are in the mood for a casual day, head to Magazine Street for brunch and shopping, then walk down to Audubon Park for bird watching and catch the Streetcar on St. Charles street to view some old beautiful Southern homes.  (Marisa)

Los Angeles, California
Before your visa ends and you move onto the next step in your life, you should travel to Los Angeles, California. Not only is the weather always nice and warm, but there are beaches, and many great places to sightsee. LA is not far from Hollywood, so celebrities are all over the place, so you never know who you might come across!  (Cherisse, pictured above on the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
Belfast Students Cheer on the Boston University Terriers
For J-1 interns Chris Rooney and Eve Russell, attending a local basketball game provided the perfect opportunity to trade their Queen's University gear for Boston University colors. Chris and Eve enjoyed immersing themselves in the collegiate atmosphere again -  even if it was almost 3000 miles from their home campus! 

Eve and Chris are currently interning at Choo & Company Inc. in Boston to fulfill the placement requirement on the Masters in Architecture course.  Learning Exchange Program Director, Jude Clarke, and former IIIC staff member, Lindsey Devin, joined Eve and Chris to watch the Boston University Terriers battle against the American University Eagles on Wednesday, January 17. Although, the BU Terriers lost 69-58, the game proved to be an excellent backdrop for catching up and enjoying a night out on the town. 

Attending local college sports matches and theatre performances is a great way to experience US culture, and usually costs a bit less than professional events. Keep an eye out for US colleges near you as we approach March Madness

Pictured Above (left to right): Eve Russell, Chris Rooney, Jude Clarke, IIIC staff, and Lindsey Devin, former IIIC staff member.
Irish Network Events Across the Country

Chicago:  Irish Network February Social  (02/08)
             

Kildare Graduate Explores the Pacific Northwest
For County Kildare native Cliodhna Carthy, the mountains of the Pacific Northwest were calling. Cliodhna previously resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, and upon recommendation from a friend, she decided to live in Portland, Oregon while on her J-1 visa. “I was hooked on the Pacific Northwest," she noted. 

The digital marketing graduate headed to Portland, where a local contact encouraged her to apply for a development coordinator position at Incight, an organization that delivers programs for people with disabilities. Cliodhna
noted that she enjoyed her workplace, “My coworkers were the best. They extended the hand of hospitality and friendship to me everyday. When I was leaving my coworkers threw a peanut butter and jelly party for me!”

During her free time, Cliodhna participated in numerous activities, “I joined a running group and enjoyed some fantastic trail runs in Forest Park (and) connected with a hiking group. My favorite hikes were Larch Mountain and North Lake.” She discovered an expat meetup group called InternNations, and quickly became friends with people from all over the world. 

Following the completion of her visa, Cliodhna secured a position as a fundraising coordinator for a charity that works with the homeless in Ireland. Although Cliodhna has her “feet firmly planted back in Ireland,” she looks forward to visiting the US again soon! 
Naomh sásta lá Pádraig!
Looking for a fun way to spend your St. Patrick's Day? Check out these great celebrations from across the country:

          •    Austin, TX
          •    Boston, MA 
          •    New York, NY 
          •    Chicago, IL 
          •    San Diego, CA
          •    San Francisco, CA
          •    Washington, D.C. 
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