Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE)

Pictured from left to right are AIChE’s 2014 WISE interns: Sravya Khasnavees of Rutgers University, whose work centered on “Natural Gas: The Bridge Fuel;” Sam White of the University of Michigan,  who developed “Recommendations for Legislative Actions to Reduce Carbon Emissions in the Electricity Production Sector:” and Erin Alderink, also of the University of Michigan, who focused on “The Federal Rose in Fostering an Innovative U.S. Energy Ecosystem: Why R&D Matters.”
Pictured from left to right are AIChE’s 2014 WISE interns: Sravya Khasnavees of Rutgers University, whose work centered on “Natural Gas: The Bridge Fuel;” Sam White of the University of Michigan, who developed “Recommendations for Legislative Actions to Reduce Carbon Emissions in the Electricity Production Sector:” and Erin Alderink, also of the University of Michigan, who focused on “The Federal Rose in Fostering an Innovative U.S. Energy Ecosystem: Why R&D Matters.”

AIChE’s WISE Program: AIChE brings undergraduate students to Washington, DC, each summer as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. This year’s interns focused on water and natural gas policies. 

Engineering students entering their final year of undergraduate studies are selected to conduct research on a public policy issue for 9 weeks during the summer in Washington, D.C. They have the opportunity to learn about the interaction between the engineering community and the government in matters of public policy, and to see how engineers can contribute to public policy decisions in complex technological matters.

Engineering societies, including AIChE, select and sponsor students for this program. Students in the program are under the guidance of a prominent engineering professor.

Selection criteria include:

  • academic record
  • essay
  • extracurricular activities
  • interest in public policy

For more information, visit the WISE Home Page at http://www.wise-intern.org

Deadline: 
December 31, 2014
Award: 

A $2,100 stipend plus housing are provided.

Instructions: 

Applicant 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 the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Only completed applications will be considered.  A complete application includes:  (1) a completed application form (two pages and two attached essays); (2) a copy of your official transcript(s); and (3) two letters of reference (at least one of which must be from an engineering faculty member who supervised your work).

Apply for the 2015 AIChE WISE Program, please submit your completed 2015 WISE Application by mail or email to:

AIChE WISE Programc/o Rosemarie D. Wesson, Ph.D., P.E.
CBET Program Director, Chemical & Biological Separations
National Science Foundation
Directorate of Engineering
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 565
Arlington, VA 22230
Email: rwesson@nsf.gov

To see examples of previous years policy's papers please visit:

WISE Journal of Engineering and Public Policy

Award Winners

Sam White
2014
Sravya Khasnavees
2014
Erin Alderink
2014
Nicholas Kusanto
2013
Christina DeLago
2013
Andrew Crothers
2013
Xiaochen Liu
2012
Caitlin Andersen
2012
Anita Luong
2011
Martha Hay
2011
Mikkel VanderBergh
2011
Christina Wong
2010
Samuel Markolf
2010
John Hennessey
2010
Jennifer Christensen
2009
Sarah Widder
2009
Steven Timothy
2009
V. Buchko
2008