By Janey Tallarida

Derry man Michael Craig with police officer Mark Bordley at an IIIC training session.

On August 8 Michael Craig was one of 13 young adults who came to the IIIC as part of the Tyrone Donegal Partnership Wider Horizons program, which brings together young adults from Ireland and Northern Ireland for unpaid six-week internships throughout the Boston area.

The IIIC has been the overseas partner for the program for seven years. An aspiring musician, Michael, who comes from Derry, works at the Boston Neighborhood Network, a media center for Boston residents and community-based organizations which provides affordable training and access to emerging media technologies. In his short time at BNN, Michael has already gained experience which will support his music studies when he returns home.

“There was a show promoting a music college in Boston and I learned to use the audio board to check sound levels,” he said. “I like to see how everything works, working with cameras and audio, and technical directing.”

Though he enjoys being behind the scenes, Michael will have his own chance to be in front of the camera and to play guitar for a television audience when BNN produces a short piece about the Wider Horizons Program, and Michael’s internship, at the media center.

“There’s always something to do, you’re never bored. I like the way of life and the people,” Michael said of his time in Boston.

Along with Michael and another Wider Horizons participant, his host family Mark and Kiet Bordley have offered their home to students from China and Kazakhstan.

“I’m getting to learn how they are coping with being in Boston and about their cultures,” Michael said.

The overseas phase of the program soon comes to an end – the graduation ceremony takes place on September 15 – and Michael and his Wider Horizons friends are saying their goodbyes.

“We had dinner at Fire and Ice the other night. Everyone was sad to be leaving.” he concluded.