For the last seven weeks I have been living in Dublin, Ireland interning for JCI Dublin. This wonderful organisation is filled with beautiful people and wonderful motives. First off, I would like to thank everyone for helping me to learn and grow as an individual. I would especially like to thank Laurynas Binderis and Julien Gay-de-Montella for agreeing to bring me aboard and helping me develop as a young business minded student. I have added many career-building skills to my arsenal because of you two. I would also like to personally thank Mark Kelly for working with me one on one and teaching me business organisation techniques through Zoho CRM.

Junior Chamber International is a wonderful company but there is something special about JCI Dublin. This network of young representatives are some of the most helpful, motivated, and talented people I have ever met before. A team that was more than willing to help has countered any questions or problems I ever had. I am truly blessed to have been a part of the board of directors. Bursting with enthusiasm, there is no doubt in my mind that Laurynas Binderis will lead JCI Dublin into a strong future filled with new, equally qualified members.

JCI Dublin is all about generosity. They care for Dublin’s community and that is not hard to see in the slightest. This team comes together to accomplish the unachievable in a fashion that epitomizes chivalry. Everyone comes from completely different backgrounds yet they all look out for each other. This is why networking is so easy to do with JCI Dublin. I don’t even like to use the word ‘networking’ to describe one of the many characteristics of this organisation. I feel they are more than just a networking entity. They are a relationship initiator because that’s what I have made throughout my seven-week stay with them – not acquaintances, but friendships.

One of my dreams was to visit a Google headquarters. Once I found out that the Google European headquarters were stationed in Dublin I knew I had to find a way to go. Within the first few weeks a JCI member, who also worked for Google, invited me to have lunch with him at the headquarters. I owe all of that to Julien Gay-de-Montella, one of the many members whom have helped me along the way.

Any young, motivated person out there looking to better their lives and grow as an individual belongs in an organisation like this one. JCI Dublin, however, is here for more than just that. I truly believe what they are doing is in the best interest of their community and not just themselves. That is what JCI Dublin and JCI worldwide stands for.

Thank you,
Matthew Swanson

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