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ORIENTATION

Welcome to Washington!
(Info for all new interns)

 

Exactly what does a WISE Intern do?

As a WISE intern, you will learn, explore, write, research, and enjoy a whole new world. You will not be serving in an office as a typical intern. No running errands or stuffing envelopes for you. Among many other things, you will:

  • Participate in weekly group meetings with individuals from Congress, the Executive Branch and government relations professionals from the business/ association community in Washington. These professionals will inform you of their respective roles in the public policymaking process.
  • Have group meetings with your fellow interns to discuss what you've learned and to review your progress.
  • Attend fun social events.

 

Every year is different, but to get an idea of what WISE entails, take a peek at the schedules for the 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2000 WISE programs.

A faculty-member-in-residence (FMR) will supervise your work. The FMR is an engineer with a background in public policy, or a public policy professor hired to run each year's program. Each sponsoring society also provides staff and/or volunteer mentors who work directly with you to help guide your research.

In addition to the visits and interaction with the FMR and your society mentors, you will also spend a significant portion of your time independently researching, writing, and presenting a policy paper on a topic of interest to you and your sponsoring society. Here are some general guidelines for your paper; your sponsoring society will provide any specific requirements. Your research typically includes opportunities to meet with policymakers and analysts. For examples of past work, see the WISE Journal of Engineering & Public Policy.

In addition to your WISE assignments, WISE sponsoring societies may give you additional projects to work on and may assign office hours.

What is technology policy and the publicpolicy process all about?

Read about the Legislative Process and learn more about How Congress Works from this collection of CRS Reports.  Explore the educational resources section of the House of Representatives website and the reference section of the Senate website to learn how our Congress works.  Experiment with Congress.gov, the Library of Congress' legislative information website.  Then familiarize yourself with the hot issues and players by visiting these resource links.

Check the pulse of Capitol Hill by reading Roll Call, The Hill and/or The Politico, which provide inside news and gossip for Capitol Hill-types.  Track the Washington-take on national issues in the Washington Post and/or Washington Times newspapers.

You'll have plenty of time to explore the unique cultural, historical, and entertainment resources and attractions of Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

 


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