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Applications Now Open for Startup Dublin, iSchool’s Newest Experiential Learning Program
Startup Dublin will give students access to connect with technology companies, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Ireland. They will get to meet a unique network of people and hear about their way of life, both personal and professional. Participating students will also connect with Syracuse University alumni living and working in Dublin.
According to Tech Life Ireland, there are currently 80,000 people working in tech nationwide, and a further 8,000 IT jobs in Ireland are forecast to open each year. Potential site visits include Google, Amazon, Paypal, EA and Dropbox
This program is open to Syracuse University students from all majors, all schools and colleges, and all degree programs.
“This is a week-long travel program where students study technology and interact with innovative firms and alumni to understand how their best practices may be applied elsewhere,” explains Julie Walas, director of student and alumni engagement at the iSchool. “Our Startup Dublin cohort will travel to an innovative ecosystem and spend seven days meeting with information-based organizations, and their daily visits will provide them with a well-rounded vision of the innovative ecosystem and its cultural context.”
Students will be required to study Dublin’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and its companies prior to the trip, record their observations during the trip and provide a reflection piece upon their return. The program is a 3-credit experience, and students will enroll in IDS 460: Immersion Experience.
“This course involves travel and significant dedication, as students will be required to travel to to Dublin and will be actively participating in activities from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. for the entirety of the trip,” says Walas. “In addition to the 100 contact hours during the trip itself, there will be three pre-meetings, several writing assignments and a final presentation required.”
Applications for Startup Dublin are now open. The application process is combined with the iSchool’s Peak 2 Peak trip to Seattle and Portland, and students may apply for one or both trips using the online application. The week-long Dublin program takes place over the November Thanksgiving Break each year. For Startup Dublin 2018, students will be traveling Friday, Nov. 16- Sunday, Nov. 25.
Startup Dublin is a competitive program with limited space. To be considered for admission, students should have, at the time of application, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. In addition to GPA, there is a strong emphasis on the Experiential Learning statement, to be submitted as part of this application. Students are also asked to submit a short video describing what they envision as the ideal company or organization to visit on this trip. These details are all contained in the application.
Admissions decisions are based on a full review of the application file, including the transcript, resume, the Experiential Learning statement, short video and any disciplinary records. Once admitted to the program, students must remain in good standing (academic and judicial) to stay eligible to participate in this program.
About Syracuse University
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience. The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit www.syracuse.edu.