A FORMER Methodist College student has been selected from more than 350 applicants to participate in the Washington Ireland Program (WIP).

As the world turns its attention to the race for the White House in the Presidential and Congressional Elections, Lewis Mooney is preparing for an exciting summer living and working in Washington DC.

WIP is a cross-community charity which offers young leaders from Ireland and Northern Ireland the opportunity to live and work as an intern in Washington DC, while completing leadership training and public service projects.

The program awards each student a prestigious two month internship ranging from Capitol Hill to government agencies, entrepreneurial businesses and the non-profit sector.

Now a student at Trinity College in Dublin, Lewis said he “absolutely thrilled” about what the experience has to offer.

“This is a fantastic opportunity and I plan to make the most of it. It’s a unique programme and I am looking forward to working with my fellow interns who each come from various backgrounds and have their own interests and talents.”

Bryan Patten, WIP’s Executive Director, said: “This year’s class are extremely accomplished, have a track record of community service and have demonstrated their capacity for leading in their communities.

“They truly exemplify the quality of our young people in Ireland and Northern Ireland and the programme will give them the opportunity to work with those who are leading on a global stage.”

If you would like to track the progress of this year’s team, you can read their personal blogs and view photos at www.wiprogram.org.