the WISE sponsoring societies select outstanding engineering students from among their memberships to participate in the nine-week WISEprogram 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.
WISE can be a life-changing experience if you make it so. The knowledge and skills you will acquire will help you succeed in your personal and professional life if you are willing to work hard and be open to new and unexpected learning opportunities. The program will open your eyes to non-traditional career paths and alternative ways of putting your engineering education to productive use. The contacts you make with your fellow WISE Interns, your faculty advisor and mentors, and Washington decision-makers provide a valuable network if you use them effectively. The key is to success in the program is personal responsiblity and professional curiosity.
Testimonials from WISE program participants highlight these and other ways that the WISE program can contribute to your personal and professional growth, as well as help you to play a leadership role in advancing the engineering profession and promoting more effective science and technology policy, laws and regulations at the national, state and/or local level.
Each year, the WISE interns’ research papers are collected and published in the WISE Journal of Engineering and Public Policy, an electronic annual. Papers are also frequently published by WISE sponsors in their technical and professional journals and/or distributed through other means.