Former pupil chosen to prestigious intern in Washington DC

Congratulations to former Grosvenor pupil Johnny Elliott who recently set off for an exciting summer living and working in Washington D.C.

Johnny, who left Grosvenor in 2008 and is now a Public Health student at Queen’s University Belfast, was selected from more than 350 applicants to participate in the Washington Ireland Program (WIP). 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 D.C, while completing leadership training and public service projects. WIP awards each student a prestigious 2-month internship ranging from Capitol Hill to government agencies, entrepreneurial businesses and the non-profit sector.

This year Johnny, from Ballyhackamore in East Belfast, will spend June and July developing his skills in DC.  “I am particularly excited to get this opportunity to develop personally and professionally alongside 30 of the most promising young leaders in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  This program provides an unparalleled level of exposure to key influencers in society and I’m determined to make the most every second of it.  I am hopeful that this experience will allow me to bring innovative and sustainable solutions to problems that I experience in the future, hopefully contributing to the vision of making Northern Ireland a ‘gold standard leader’ in Health and Social Care globally.”

Bryan Patten, WIP’s Executive Director, says “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. The Washington Ireland Program will give them the opportunity to work with those who are leading on a global stage.  This experience will further hone their skills and help create a peaceful, stable and prosperous future for Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

Congratulations to Johnny on his selection for this much sought-after internship and we hope that it provides him with plenty of worthwhile experiences that he can take back to and make use of in Northern Ireland in the future.