Rosie to lead the way in prestigious Washington Program

By William O'Connor

FORMER Holy Rosary Primary School and Sancta Maria student Rosie Aljohmani 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 program of public service and leadership development.


From Firhouse, Rosie, a Bachelor of Arts student at University College Dublin, 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 prestigious work placements 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.

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 program.

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

When Rosie has successfully completed the program, she will join WIP’s distinguished alumni.

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