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DIT student joins 2015 Washington-Ireland Programme

Posted: 5 May, 2015

DIT postgraduate student Kate Doyle has been selected to join the 2015 “Washington-Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP)”. Kate – a History graduate who is now studying Law - is one of just 30 students from 13 universities in Ireland north and south, who will spend this summer on the programme in Washington D.C.

This is the 21st year of the Washington-Ireland Program, which is “a network of leaders and influencers from communities all around Northern Ireland, Ireland and the US, representing a broad range of political perspectives and backgrounds, and sharing a vision for a peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland and Ireland.”  Applications are invited each year from emerging leaders who are full-time students in any university or higher education institution, and who have shown commitment to service to others through volunteer work, sports, or activity in a community or service project. 

Inspired by the programme theme of “Excellence, Equality and Diversity”, Kate is ready for the WIP challenge.  She has worked on the Suas Educational Development in Kolkata as a teaching assistant in a rural community school.  Returning from India, she began an eight-month internship with Suas as part of a team of five delivering the Volunteer Programme in 2014.  She has volunteered with the Literacy Support Programme, a weekly paired reading project with primary and secondary school children in Dublin, and is preparing for the Law Society exams.   “I am looking forward to spending the summer with my classmates. Each of them has such diverse interests and passions. I am honoured to be counted among them and to add my perspective to their shared vision for Northern Ireland and Ireland.” 

Staying with host families, the students will be assigned to work placements in government agencies, with members of Congress or the US Senate, or with national representative organisations based in Washington D.C.  The programme also includes a Speaker Series which will give them an insight into aspects of how public policy is developed at government and non-government levels in the USA.