Four DCU students have been chosen to represent Ireland in Washington DC this summer as part of the prestigious Washington Ireland Program (WIP).
Áine Lawless, 2nd year Multimedia; Diana Oprea, 1st year Global Business (Canada); Rachel Wheeler, final year Business Studies; and Sarah McLaughlin, final year Communications Studies, have secured a place on the programme following a rigorous selection process, with applications of over 380 students from 19 different universities and colleges.
WIP is a 12-month programme that brings university students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to Washington DC for summer internships and leadership training. It aims to inspire and develop promising leaders through a programme of personal development, policy debate and community service. Chosen participants are those who can demonstrate a commitment to service, a track record of leadership and who excel both in influencing their environments and in making significant contributions for the benefit of others.
30 talented students will travel to Washington DC next week to complete the summer programme. This time spent in DC will include extensive opportunities for cultural exchange and personal development – including living in host families, working closely with their American peers and gaining real life exposure to the US democratic process. Upon completion, the graduates will go on to become part of the active WIP alumni network who are working to make a positive difference in their communities.