Trinity Students Selected for Washington Ireland Programme

12 June 2014

Three Trinity students have been selected from over 400 applicants to participate in the Washington Ireland Program (WIP) 2014. WIP is a cross-community and cross-border organisation that identifies promising young people with a commitment to service and a track record of leadership. During an eight-week internship, WIP will build their skills through work experience, educational opportunity, and hands-on citizenship both at home and in the US.

The successful Trinity students, Hannah McCarthy, Jack Danahar and Emlyn Gavin, all final year Law and Business students will live and work in Washington DC during the summer. After completing the Washington semester, the graduates will go on to become part of the active WIP alumni network who are working to make a positive difference in their communities.

Hillary Clinton is one of a number of influential supporters of the Washington Ireland Program and its students: “Many of WIP’s alumni are now emerging as a new generation of leaders committed to peace, stability and prosperity in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.”


Student Profiles 

Jack Danahar, Law and Business

Jack currently runs Ethnic Threads, an ethical clothing company which sources and imports clothing directly from Kenya. As PRO of one of Trinity’s largest societies, the Law Society, Jack has helped double its membership. He maintains an active involvement in University politics, having been on the management team of three successful student union campaigns. He is a passionate campaigner for student mental health and is a recipient of the Arthur Cox Prize for his commitment to the Trinity College community. He has completed an internship in law firm Arthur Cox and has served on the committee of the Surf Club and Fishing Society.


Emlyn Gavin, Law and Business

With the ability to speak four languages, Emlyn has a keen interest in developing relations with, and learning from, people of different cultures. An All-Ireland Scholarship recipient, last year he studied abroad in Uppsala, Sweden. Emlyn is passionate about increasing access to university through alternative means, and is currently an academic tutor for the Trinity Voluntary Tuition Programme, supporting students from disadvantaged areas in Dublin. He is an instructor for the Trinity Surf Team and has acted as a swimming instructor for children with disabilities.


Hannah McCarthy, Law and Business

Hannah has a passion for politics and a keen interest in law and technology. In 2013 she was Auditor of the College Historical Society, the world’s oldest student debating society, hosting guests including President of the EU Commission, and Nobel Laureates. She has interned in a number of leading Irish law firms and non-profits in Ireland, Kenya and India, and helped to launch the social tech Adtruism. Hannah is an alumna of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and represents Trinity College on Ireland’s US Embassy Youth Council.

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