About WISE

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& Public Policy

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American Institute
of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Nuclear Society (ANS)


ASTM International

Institute of Electrical
and Electronics
Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)

SAE International



























Connecting Engineers & Scientists
with Public Policy Since 1980

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.

The WISE Program is ranked as one of the best Internship opportunities in the U.S. by the Princeton Review.


Application Deadline for the 2019 program
31 December 2018


WISE Summer 2019 program dates

Sunday, June 2 - Saturday, August 3


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)



Goodbye to the 2018 WISE Interns!

WISE Alumni Now Linked In
Thanks to 2000 WISE Alumni Jon Horek, who established a  community to help WISE program alumni stay in touch.

WISE 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 Chris BrantleyTestimonials are especially welcome and will be posted at the WISE website to help attract and inspire future WISE applicants.

WISE 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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