November 13, 2017 -

Ranked as one of the best internships in the U.S. by the Princeton Review, Washington Internships for Students of Engineering or WISE 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

Previous ASME WISE Interns are listed here: as well as a videos

ASME applicants must be (1) a Junior or Senior engineering student or a recent engineering graduate beginning study in a graduate-level, technology policy-related program; (2) a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States; and (3) a student (or higher grade) member of ASME.

Applications to ASME WISE Program due December 31, 2017. Please download application here

Flyer available here:


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