The South Africa-Washington Internship Program (SAWIP), a six-month initiative dedicated to fostering a new generation of South African leaders, will bring a group of students to Washington, D.C., for various summer internships.

The program hosted a fundraiser and world premier screening of ESPN’s The 16th Man, a film that tells the story of 1995 rugby World Cup and South African President Nelson Mandela. The film is based off the book Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation.

SAWIP is based on the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP) which has been successfully serving Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’s need to develop a new generation of young leaders who are committed to building on the peace and progress of the past decade and growing a stronger civil society on the island of Ireland. WIP’s extension to South Africa affords university students from South Africa, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland a unique opportunity to find common ground through a course of mutual understanding in the multicultural environment of the United States of America.