Connecting Engineers & Scientists
Each year, the WISE sponsoring societies select outstanding
engineering students from among their memberships to participate in the nine-week WISE program in
Washington. Students discover how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, while at the same time, learning how engineers and scientists can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making.
with Public Policy Since 1980
The WISE Program is ranked as one of the best
Internship opportunities in the U.S. by the Princeton Review.
Application Deadline for the 2018 program
31 December 2017
WISE Summer 2018 program dates
Sunday, June 3 - Saturday, August 4
Video interviews of former WISE interns discussing their summer WISE experiences.
1) 2017 WISE Engineering Interns Talk about Their Projects (Thank you AICHE!)
2) Tomas Wesley Green (University of Kansas) used his 2016 WISE internship to study how agricultural resources can contribute to the energy supply and bioeconomy. He looked at both policy and technical issues related to bioenergy sources for his research. (video)
3) 2016 WISE interns Austin Wright-Pettibone, Mena-George Basaly, and Nick D’Angelo, Jr., talk to Jami Summey-Rice, a 2015 WISE intern. (video)
4) 2015 WISE interns Kathleen Wu, Jill Schoborg, and Jami Summey-Rice sat down with Rosemarie Wesson, Associate Dean for Research in the Grove School of Engineering at City College of New York, to discuss their experiences. (video)
Thank you to Nancy McNabb, A.I.A., the 2017 Faculty-Member-in-Residence (FMR)!
Goodbye to the 2017 WISE Interns!
Brenden Foster - Pellissippi State Community College (SAE)
Nancy McNabb (FMR)
Jericho Locke - Lipscomb University (ANS)
Madalyn Beban - University of Dayton (ASHRAE)
Sydney Hamilton - University of Pittsburgh @ Johnstown (ANS)
Elena Shanin - University of Utah (AIChE)
Lauren Bartels - Tulane University (AIChE)
Taylor Hetrick - Baylor University (IEEE)
Julia Zhuang - Yale University (AIChE)
Caroline Trier - Washington University–St. Louis (IEEE)
Madden Sciubba - The University of Alabama (ASTM)
WISE Alumni Now Linked In
Thanks to 2000 WISE Alumni Jon Horek, who established a
community to help WISE program alumni stay in touch.
Video on IEEEtv
IEEEtv prepared a five minute video, featuring the
2008 participants of the WISE program. The video offers a program
overview and feedback from Interns on the WISE experience.
Calling All WISE Alumni!
We need your input to help WISE develop proposals for new sponsors and
funding sources. Tell us how the WISE experience affected your career,
what you learned from WISE and how you have used that knowledge and
experience in your work, in your professional activities, and in your
personal life. Use the Alumni update report
form or send your e-mail directly to
Testimonials are especially
welcome and will be posted at the WISE website to help attract and
inspire future WISE applicants.
Alumni Hail from 150+ Colleges and Universities
The more than 450 alumni of the WISE program come from a wide variety of
colleges and universities -- from
large national engineering universities like M.I.T. and Stanford to smaller
schools such as Cedarville College, Calvin College and the Tuskegee Institute. The wide
distribution of students reflects the diversity of the program, one of
the things that makes WISE a unique experience.
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