DC internship for two UL students

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

TWO University of Limerick students have been selected from more than 350 applicants to participate in a prestigious Washington DC internship programme.

TWO University of Limerick students have been selected from more than 350 applicants to participate in a prestigious Washington DC internship programme.

Louise Mackey from Rearcross who is studying Law and Accounting in UL and Victoria Kiely from Tramore, who is studying History, Politics and Social Studies, were the lucky students chosen to participate in the prestigious Washington Ireland Program (WIP) during the summer.

They will now get the chance to live and work in Washington DC for two months, while completing leadership training and public service projects in the seat of political power in the USA.

During their time in Washington DC they will work at Capitol Hill and government agencies, entrepreneurial businesses and organisations in the non-profit sector.

Louise said they were both “thrilled” to be selected to participate in the internship programme and would be finding out this week where they will be assigned when they go to Washington in June.

The WIP has been in existence for 18 years and is a cross-community charity offering young leaders from Ireland the chance to work in DC.

Several previous interns on the programme have been fortunate to work with then Senators Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain.

Bryan Patten, WIP executive director, said those selected had were “extremely accomplished and had demonstrated their capacity for leading in their communities”.