About the WISE Program


WISE Sponsors

WISE Alumni

Journal of
& Public Policy

Intern Orientation




American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

American Nuclear Society (ANS)


American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)



Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

SAE International


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MAY 31st - AUGUST 1st

Applications **Due 31 December 2014**

WISE seeks applications from exceptional engineering students who display evidence of leadership skills and have a keen interest in public policy.

Applicants should select a sponsoring society from the list below, fill out an application form, write two (2) brief essays in response to questions provided, arrange for two (2) faculty references, and forward an official transcript. WISE applicants should apply directly to their desired sponsor using the contact information provided below. Send all application materials to your chosen sponsoring society.


For questions about the application forms and the application process not covered in the FAQ, please contact the designated society coordinator for your sponsoring society.

NOTE: Some of the WISE societies - AIChE, ANS, ASME, IEEE and SAE - will sponsor only individuals who are members of their societies at the time of application.  If you are a member of a society that doesn't sponsor a WISE intern - for example, ASCE which does not participate in the WISE program - please consider joining one of the sponsoring societies.

To qualify for consideration:

  • You MUST BE a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States.  You may not apply for the program if you are not already a permanent resident of the United States.
  • You must be a juniors, a senior, or entering your final year of undergraduate studies in engineering (or computer science).  WISE will also accept applications from engineering grads who are beginning Masters level study in a technology policy-related degree.

PLEASE NOTE: The dates of the WISE program are not flexible. Due to the short nature of the WISE program, students MAY NOT MISS DAYS by arriving in Washington late, leaving early or taking vacations during the program.  You MUST BE present for all 9 weeks.

In addition to the eligibility guidelines for participation in the WISE program, each sponsoring society uses its own criteria in determining which students to select from its applicant pool.


Application Form

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)


WISE Program

3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10016-5991

Tel:  646-495-1360

Contact: Stephen R. Smith


new application forms will be loaded late summer 2014

American Nuclear Society (ANS)


American Nuclear Society

Outreach & Volunteer Development

555 N. Kensington Ave.

La Grange Park, IL 60526

Email:  outreach@ans.org

Contact: Dr. Alan E. Levin





1828 L St, NW, Suite 906
Washington, DC 20036

Tel: 202-833-1830

Contact: Doug Read or Mark Ames



American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Attn:  ASME WISE Program
1828 L Street, N.W., Suite 906
Washington, DC 20036
Tel:  202-785-3756

Fax: 202.429.9417

Contact: Melissa Carl



ASTM International

ASTM International

100 Barr Harbor Drive

West Conshohocken, PA 19428

Tel: 610-832-9714
Fax: 610-832-9599

Contact: Jim Olshefsky


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


Attn: WISE
2001 L Street, N.W.
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4910
Contact: Erica Wissolik



SAE International

Attn: SAE WISE Program

Director, Government Affairs
SAE International
1200 G Street, NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC  20005

Tel:  202-463-7318 or 724-772-7162

Fax: 202.434.8940 or 724.776.1830

Contact: Tim Mellon




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