WIP Class of 2018 Announced
We are delighted to introduce the thirty exceptional young people from Northern Ireland and Ireland, the members of the WIP Class of 2018. For the first time, students will complete their summer placements in Washington DC and New York.
They were selected following a rigorous application process, from over 300 applications from 19 different Universities and Colleges. The Class was announced in March in Washington DC, with remarks from Norman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau, Laurie Johnson, Accenture Federal Services, PSNI Officer Norman Haslett and WIP’s Executive Director Bryan Patten. WIP Vice Chair, Carmel Martin, MC’d the event. We are especially thankful to Susie Hoffman and Crowell & Moring, who hosted the breakfast.
Other guests included Reece Smyth (Chargé d’affaires, US Embassy Dublin), Dan Lawton (US Consul General, Belfast), Brian Cahalane (Irish Embassy, DC), George Hamilton (Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland), Mike Nesbitt (MLA for Strangford), Professor Brian MacCraith (President of Dublin City University), Professor Deirdre Heenan (Ulster University), Mark Redmond (American Chamber of Commerce Ireland) – and many more.
The students have now completed their Orientation Program in Northern Ireland, and will arrive in the US in early June to complete their summer program. The time in New York and 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.
This year’s Class will be led by WIP’s first ever all female program leadership team – Claire Rumpsa, Heather McCormick, Olivia MacDonald and Rachel Powell.
WIP18 Class Announcement
Crowell & Moring, Washington DC
26th March 2018