Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE)

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Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) has become one of the premier Washington internship programs.The WISE goal is to prepare future leaders of the engineering profession in the United States who are aware of, and who can contribute to, the increasingly important issues at the intersection of science, technology, and public policy.

Each summer, the WISE societies select outstanding 3rd or 4th year engineering/ computer science students, or students in engineering/ computer science graduate programs, from a nation-wide pool of applicants. The students spend nine (9) weeks living in Washington, D.C. during which they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.

During the 9-week program, WISE students work with a faculty-member-in-residence (FMR) who creates a schedule of meetings, field trips, and events where the WISE interns interact with leaders in the U.S. Congress, the Administration and federal agencies, industry, and prominent non-governmental organizations.

In addition to the meetings and field trips mentioned above, each student is responsible for independently researching, writing, and presenting a paper on a topical engineering-related public policy issue that is important to the sponsoring society. WISE applicants should choose their research topics prior to arriving in Washington, DC.