Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)


Ranked as one of the best internships in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) offers a unique opportunity to 3rd and 4th year engineering students to spend the summer in Washington, D.C., learning about the interaction of technology and public policy.

In addition to 3rd and 4th year engineering students, recent graduates, beginning study in an engineering policy-related Master’s program, will also be considered.  WISE interns are provided housing in a dormitory on the campus of George Washington University in the heart of Washington, D.C., and receive a $2,100 stipend to assist with living and travel expenses. 

Selected from a nationwide competition, WISE Interns spend nine weeks learning how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.   At the end of the nine weeks, interns produce a public policy paper on a topic of interest, i.e. alternate energy, and present their findings on Capitol Hill. 

The following engineering societies sponsor WISE internships: 

  • ASME
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • ASTM International
  • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • SAE International

After the completion of her internship this past August, 2016 ASME WISE intern Brenna Doherty said of her internship, “The WISE internship program is unlike any other internship I have completed before, as it pushed me out of my engineering comfort zone of hardcore research and forced me to expand my mind into the policy side of how engineering projects actually get accomplished.”

However, WISE skills are not just for recent graduates. 2008 ASME WISE intern Marc Santos said, “There are many skills I learned during the WISE program that I still use today, such as the ability to summarize a technical issue for a non-technical audience. WISE also made me realize the importance of participating in the political process.” 

ASME's 2016 WISE Interns

ASME Student Members Complete WISE Policy Summer Internships in Washington, D.C. Read more.

For more information, please contact:

Ellen Kuo

WISE Program

1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 810

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202.785.7392

Fax: 202.429.9417

Email: kuoe@asme.org

Additional information can be found on the WISE program web site at: http://www.wise-intern.org