Diana Oprea, a first year Global Business student at Dublin City University from Rush, has been chosen to represent Ireland in Washington DC this summer, as part of the prestigious Washington Ireland Programme (WIP).
Diana, a former student at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush, is one of four DCU students to secure a place on the programme, following a rigourous selection process, with applications of over 380 students from 19 different universities and colleges.
WIP is a 12-month programme that brings university students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to Washington DC for summer internships and leadership training. It aims to inspire and develop promising leaders through a programme of personal development, policy debate and community service. Chosen participants are those who can demonstrate a commitment to service, a track record of leadership and who excel both in influencing their environments and in making significant contributions for the benefit of others.
Diana was born and raised in Romania, but welcomed Ireland as her home six years ago. She is passionate about global education and an advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals. Her experience of volunteering in Mexico motivated her to take a leadership role with the student-led organisation AIESEC.
She currently coordinates a team of 15 who provide DCU students with volunteering opportunities and experiences abroad. Diana has also been working for the past four years with Future Voices Ireland, providing self-development workshops to young people coming from disadvantaged area and schools, while also volunteering with organisations such as UNICEF Ireland and Plan International to ensure inclusiveness, youth empowerment and leadership in both her community and abroad.