Investing in future leaders

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.

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 strategically crafted curriculum to develop and challenge them as leaders, both personally and professionally.

Over the past twenty years over 600 talented leaders from all communities in Northern Ireland and Ireland have participated in our Program.  Today they are excelling in roles across the political, business, legal, entrepreneurial, advocacy and cultural sectors on the island.

Prominent Alumni include Cabinet Members in the Irish Government and Northern Irish Executive, three members of the Northern Irish Assembly, three former Mayors (Armagh, Carlow and Derry-Londonderry) and numerous elected officials.  Many others are leading figures in the media, academia and the arts.