I am a college student from America, and a U.S. Citizen. I know that I don't require a visa to travel to Ireland for up to 3 months. I need to stay in Ireland (Dublin) for 2 months this summer because I have an internship.
I spoke to the girl who had my same internship last year, and she told me to avoid telling immigration that I have an internship at all and to just tell them that I am visiting friends or family, because when she tried to explain her internship, they didn't understand that it was unpaid and were asking her to apply for a work permit.
I can provide a bank statement with enough money to show I can support myself, evidence of a return ticket, the address of where I plan to stay, and an official letter stating my internship offer and the dates of the internship. The only confusing element is that while the internship is unpaid, an organization affiliated with my college is giving me a 4,000 dollar stipend.
What should I do? Should I try to explain my situation (that I have an internship for 6 weeks and then plan to do touristy things for 2 weeks) or should I just claim to be vacationing for 8 weeks?