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About Washington Internships for Students of Engineering

In 1980, a group of professional engineering societies organized the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE). Their mission is to produce future public policy leaders in the engineering field by teaching engineering students how to make public policy and influence legislative bodies. Interns are sponsored by different engineering societies, such as the American Nuclear Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASTM International, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and SAE International.

Interns are supervised by an engineering professor and work with professionals from WISE sponsoring societies. They also meet daily with members of Congress, executive office departments or corporate government affairs offices. Each intern researches, writes and presents a paper on contemporary engineering-related public policy.


Open to college juniors and seniors, or students entering their last year of engineering or computer science studies, as well as engineering graduates entering a master’s program in a policy-related field.

Washington Internships for Students of Engineering

WISE Program
Washington Internships for Students of Engineering
2001 L Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4910
Phone: (202) 785-0017


Number of Interns: 10 to 20
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates


Washington, DC