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Mary Immaculate College student Mairéad Fallon wins prestigious opportunity

Mairéad Fallon, who has received a place on the prestigious WIP programme.

Mary Immaculate College student Mairéad Fallon wins prestigious opportunity

Twenty-year-old student Mairéad Fallon has been selected to join this year’s class of the prestigious Washington Ireland Program (WIP). For more than two decades, WIP has brought together emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds for a transformative programme of public service and leadership development. Mairéad, a student of Education and Psychology at Mary Immaculate College, was one of 31 students selected from 16 different universities and institutions across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

WIP supports students to develop their full potential through two core principles – leadership and service. Each student will undertake a prestigious work placement at some of the most illustrious and influential levels of professional life in Washington DC and New York, including congressional offices, international corporations, law firms and media organisations. Students are hosted by American host families who generously open their homes and allow participants to experience an authentic slice of American life.

The class will also have the opportunity to learn from each other and from leaders at the highest levels of American political, business and cultural life. WIP participants complete a challenging leadership curriculum designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge required to meaningfully contribute to society. The skills it cultivates —respect, dedication, perseverance, confidence, teamwork, critical thinking, among many others —benefit participants well beyond their time on the programme.

Bryan Patten, Executive Director of the Washington Ireland Programme said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Mairéad to this year’s Washington Ireland Program class. WIP seeks students who demonstrate leadership potential and have a substantial track record of service. Mairéad exceeds these requirements and I’m sure she will take full advantage of the busy programme of training and development WIP provides”.

When Mairéad has successfully completed the programme, she will join WIP’s distinguished alumni. This diverse, all-island network share a commitment to shaping the future of Ireland and Northern Ireland. More than 600 alumni, including An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, have graduated from the programme and are now excelling in roles across the political, business, legal, entrepreneurial, advocacy and cultural sectors on the island. For many, their contribution to social and political progress on the island represents a continuation of what they learned on the programme.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: The WIP Office at [email protected] or (202) 772-3824

For more information on the WIP programme, click here. 

To read about last years recipient, click here.

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