Washington Ireland Program opens – with $15,000 on offer

Washington DC

A scholarship worth $15,000 which includes the chance to spend eight weeks in Washington DC and New York City is on offer to students as part of the Washington Ireland Program (WIP).

The opportunity is available to students from any discipline who consider Ireland or Northern Ireland to be their home, are aged 18 or over, and are studying full-time. The aim of the program is to develop the skills and networks of future leaders and the University of Liverpool is the only non-Irish University partner in the scheme.

WIP is a twelve month program of personal and professional development, which includes eight weeks in the United States. Successful applicants will have a one week orientation in Washington, a one week summit in New York City, followed by six weeks in either Washington or New York. During this time students gain invaluable practical experience by completing internships in either US government, media, business or non-profit organisations.

Last year two University of Liverpool Students took up the highly sought-after internships after being selected ahead of more than 500 applicants from across Ireland and the UK. Politics with Law student Asa Mallon worked in the Capitol Hill office of former Republican Presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, while Forensic and Investigative Psychology student Róisín Carroll was based at the National Juvenile Defender Center in Washington DC.

On completion of the program students join an active alumni community who are involved in academia, business, media and politics, which includes figures such as Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, who took part in WIP in 2000.

How to apply

Online applications for the program are now open via the WIP website. The early bird deadline for applications is 10 November 2018 at 11:59 pm UTC, with the final closing date on 1 December 2018 at 11:59 pm UTC.

More information

The Executive Director of WIP, Mr Bryan Patten, will be visiting the Institute of Irish Studies on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 1pm – 2.30pm in Seminar Room 3, Rendall Building (building 432 in grid D2 on the campus map) to give students a unique insight into the program.

All are welcome to attend the event, but please register your interest by emailing Dorothy Lynch on dorothy@liverpool.ac.uk by 12 noon on Monday, 29 October.

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