A University of Liverpool student has been awarded a sought-after Washington Ireland Program (WIP) internship after being selected from more than 500 students across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
Jasmine Radford, a second year student in the School of Law and Social Justice, is one of 30 successful candidates that will spend the summer in the US this year.
The Washington Ireland Program was set up in 1995 to inspire, prepare and support the next generation of leaders of post-conflict Ireland to face the challenges of the future. The University of Liverpool is the only partner outside Ireland involved in the initiative.
Jasmine will intern in Washington DC as part of the six month programme of personal and professional development which culminates in an eight-week work placement at a Congressional office, Government department, business corporation or media corporation in the USA.
Previous Liverpool students have completed placements in the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University, School of International Service at American University, the US Holocaust Museum and the Northern Ireland Bureau.
The Washington Ireland Program is supported by the United States State Department, the Department of Education and Science in Ireland and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Jasmine said: “It is an absolute honour to be participating. It is a life changing chance, not just for the participant: WIP’s impact directly and indirectly benefits all of society and its future generations too.”
She added: “I know the work will involve difficult decisions and tasks but my student experience has provided me a quality example to follow. I can’t wait to get started and to do the team proud!”
If you would like to track Jasmine’s progress this summer, you’ll be able to follow her blog and view photos from this year’s Class at the WIP website: www.wiprogram.org.
Dr Frank Shovlin, Head of Department and Acting Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, said: “I’m delighted that Jasmine Radford has been successful in getting a place in this year’s prestigious Washington Ireland Programme.
“It is an amazing opportunity and will give Jasmine unique skills for her future chosen career. The Institute is very proud that this is the sixth year running that the University of Liverpool has been successful in getting a student a place on the programme.”
Bryan Patten, WIP’s Executive Director, says “Jasmine represents the talented students from Ireland and Northern Ireland who are studying in Liverpool. She is very accomplished, have a track record of community service and have demonstrated her capacity for leading in her community.
“As the selection of each student represents a $15,000 investment on WIP’s part, we take the recruitment of students very seriously and we are delighted to be working closely with the University of Liverpool in identifying young leaders like Jasmine.”