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
- 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
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,
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
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?
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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