Maggie Arriola, originally from Bakersfield, California, is a 2017 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in English Literature. Maggie has been working for the Dublin Global Gateway since the fall of 2018 after completing a M.Phil. in Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Inspired by her Irish studies classes and professors at Notre Dame, she wrote her undergraduate thesis about expressionism in twentieth century Irish drama and her postgraduate dissertation on Ireland’s Cold War literature and theatre.
In her role as Assistant Director for Internships and Communications, Maggie oversees and executes undergraduate and postgraduate experiential learning programmes, like the Irish Internship Programme, Naughton Fellowships, and interdisciplinary research programmes. As the Irish Internship Programme Manager, Maggie recruits and coordinates a cohort of summer interns placed at 40 to 50 organisations around the country, representing a wide variety of Irish industries and interests like the arts and culture, STEM, finance, real estate, sports, government and politics, and nonprofits and NGOs.
Maggie also manages internal and external communications through the Gateway, including content creation, story writing, and social media management; photography and videography; programme and events marketing; and staff, student, and alumni communications. Maggie holds a Professional Diploma in PR and Marketing Communications from University College Dublin. In her communications role, she functions as a key liaison between the Gateway and its Irish, US, and Notre Dame partners.
Maggie enjoys enjoying life, trips back to California to visit her family, and other hobbies such as traveling, cooking, live theatre and music, reading, and spending time with friends.