Program Purpose

The Washington Ireland Program inspires and develops promising leaders through an exceptional program committed to building a future of peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland and Ireland.

For over two decades the Washington Ireland Program has played an important role in post-conflict Northern Ireland and Ireland by bringing together young leaders from a wide range of communities and backgrounds for an outstanding leadership and skills-development program.

Participants are challenged and equipped to reach their full potential in embodying the two core principles of the Washington Ireland Program – service and leadership.

Each year, WIP selects 30 talented students to join our expanding network of leaders and influencers by completing a 12-month program of service and leadership development.  Throughout the program, participants follow a crafted curriculum to develop and challenge them as leaders, both personally and professionally.

WIP alum are a diverse community of over 600 accomplished ambassadors for the program. They share a deeply held commitment to look past differences and to resolve the pressing issues that will define the island of Ireland in the 21st century.

Today they are excelling in roles across the political, business, legal, entrepreneurial, advocacy and cultural sectors on the island.

Where WIP Alums have goneAlum WordCloud

Apply for Our New Class

WIP is looking for aspiring leaders who have strong beliefs but are willing to work with those with whom they disagree. We are looking for people with a deep and long standing commitment to service. And most of all, we are looking for people who passionate and engaged about creating a better future for Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Are you interested in joining this unique community?
Please check out this website and apply by December 1st 2017