University becomes only non-Irish partner in the Washington Ireland Program


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The University of Liverpool has become the only non-Irish partner in the Washington Ireland program (WIP).

The WIP aims to develop the next generation of leaders that will achieve a peaceful, stable and prosperous future for Northern Ireland and Ireland by offering a $15,000 scholarship opportunity as well as a six month programme of service and leadership development which includes an eight week placement in Washington DC.

Two students from the University of Liverpool – Maev McDaid and Laura Mullins – have already successfully completed the program, and applications are sought from students for the 2012 program.

The WIP is looking for individuals who have the potential to make a difference in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The program is a unique opportunity for students to learn about the American political process and how Washington DC really works.

During their placement participants can take part in a diverse range of work including Congressional offices, Government departments, and start-up companies. Participants also have the chance to gain first-hand experience of a mature political process and are exposed to a culture of diversity.

Professor Marianne Elliott, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, said: “The Washington Irish Program was established as part of the peace process in Ireland and I am delighted that the presence of the only Irish Studies Institute in England allowed University of Liverpool to be accepted as a partner – the only English University to achieve this status.

“We have been able to put forward impressive candidates and have been successful in each year that we have done so. It has given the University and the student body a unique opportunity for networking at the highest level in the USA. Our students have done us proud in Washington and established a tradition for Liverpool involvement.”

The WIP program is open for applications from students aged 18 – 25 (as of 5 June 2012) studying full-time at British or Irish Universities. Application forms and further information are available at the WIP website.

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