Washington Internships for Students of Engineering

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Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering has become one of the premier Washington internship programs. Its goal is to groom future leaders of the engineering profession who are aware of and can contribute to the important intersections of technology and public policy.

From 12-15 outstanding third-year engineering students (or fourth year in a five year program) entering their final year of undergraduate study are selected each year in a nation-wide competition to spend ten weeks in the summer in Washington, D.C. During the internship they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.

Throughout the nine weeks, the students interact with leaders in the Congress and the Administration, industry, and prominent non-governmental organizations. Meetings with congressional Committees, executive office departments, and corporate government affairs offices are daily activities.

In addition, each student researches and presents a paper on a topical engineering-related public policy issue that is important to the sponsoring society. Review the WISE Research Products for examples.

The students work under the guidance of a prominent engineering professor who serves as Faculty-Member-in-Residence. Students also interact with and are mentored by representatives of their sponsoring societies. A stipend of $2,100.00 is provided to assist with the Intern's living and travel expenses. Lodging is provided; participants are housed in a dormitory on the campus of George Washington University in the heart of Washington, DC.

Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering has become one of the premier Washington internship programs. Its goal is to groom future leaders of the engineering profession who are aware of and can contribute to the important intersections of technology and public policy.

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