Introducing the WIP Class of 2017

We are delighted to introduce the thirty exceptional young people from Northern Ireland Ireland, the members of the WIP Class of 2017.
You can see their bios here.

They were selected following a rigorous application process, from over 380 applications from 19 different Universities and Colleges.  The Class was announced in March in Washington DC, with remarks from Congressman Joe Crowley, Sir Malcolm McKibbin, Garda Superintendent Colette Quinn and WIP’s Executive Director.  WIP Board Member, Carmel Martin, MC’d the event.

Speaking at their launch Sir Malcolm McKibbin (Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service), remarked:

The Program has had the support of the Northern Ireland Executive for almost ten years. In that time we have been committed to ensuring that young people have access to opportunities that will challenge their beliefs; that will push them academically and professionally out of their comfort zone; and which will allow them to grow into determined, passionate and respected young leaders.

Other guests included Norman Houston (Director, NI Bureau),Reece Smyth (Chargé d’affaires, US Embassy Dublin), Dan Lawton (US Consul General, Belfast), Brian Cahalane (Irish Embassy, DC), Brian Kingston (Lord Mayor of Belfast), Garath Keating (Lord Mayor of Armagh), Maura Hickey (Mayor of Causeway Coast & Glens), George Hamilton (Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland), Professor Brian MacCraith (President of Dublin City University) – and many more.

The students have now completed their Orientation Program in Northern Ireland, and will arrive in Washington DC in early June to complete their summer program.  The time 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.


WIP17 Class Annoucement

St Regis Hotel, DC

Date Published
7th April 2017